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gentle sex

or gentler sex

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noun Older Use: Sometimes Offensive.

women in general (usually used facetiously): courtesy toward the gentle sex.

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RELATED WORDS

womankind, women

Nearby words

gentisate, gentisic acid, gentle, gentle breeze, gentle craft, gentle sex, gentlefolk, gentleman, gentleman friend, gentleman of fortune, gentleman of the road

Origin of gentle sex

First recorded in 1575–85

Usage note

This is a dated term, usually used for humorous effect but sometimes perceived as condescending to women. It makes reference to a stereotype of women’s basic nature, namely that women are gentle in comparison to men.
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