[ gur-lish ]
/ ˈgɜr lɪʃ /


of, like, or befitting a girl or girlhood: girlish laughter.


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Origin of girlish

First recorded in 1555–65; girl + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM girlish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for girlish

/ (ˈɡɜːlɪʃ) /


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

Derived forms of girlish

girlishly, adverbgirlishness, noun
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