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View synonyms for girlish

girlish

[ gur-lish ]

adjective

  1. of, like, or befitting a girl or girlhood:

    girlish laughter.



ˈgirlish

/ ˈɡɜːlɪʃ /

adjective

  1. of or like a girl in looks, behaviour, innocence, etc


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Derived Forms

  • ˈgirlishly, adverb
  • ˈgirlishness, noun

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Other Words From

  • girlish·ly adverb
  • girlish·ness noun
  • un·girlish adjective
  • un·girlish·ly adverb
  • un·girlish·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of girlish1

First recorded in 1555–65; girl + -ish 1

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Example Sentences

Lane discovers a lost wallet in the back of a taxi; inside, is a photograph of a young woman with a girlish “XXOO” inscription.

At the same time, however, she radiates an almost girlish vulnerability.

Gone were any girlish slip-ups, gone were sequins and glitter eye shadow.

Playful designer Erin Fetherston looks like a storybook heroine and designs girlish dresses for grown women.

As the interview begins, her voice takes on a girlish pitch.

He crushed them in his, then bent his head and kissed them; first the girlish right hand, then the left.

Tom, at the opposite end of the table, watched her girlish figure, her graceful gestures.

Lady May, although her girlish ways have not forsaken her, has no present thoughts of making any man happy.

As she made herself comfortable in his deepest chair she heard the girlish shallow voice launch out into a eulogy of the scenery.

She was a slim, girlish-looking woman, with a cascade of long dark hair falling over her shoulders.

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