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

Origin of girlish

First recorded in 1555–65; girl + -ish1
Related formsgirl·ish·ly, adverbgirl·ish·ness, nounun·girl·ish, adjectiveun·girl·ish·ly, adverbun·girl·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for girlish

fresh, mincing, teenage, unsophisticated, young, hoydenish

Examples from the Web for girlish

Contemporary Examples of girlish

Historical Examples of girlish

  • The fairy godmother romance of it fascinated her girlish mind.


    William J. Locke

  • How often, in her girlish reveries, had she thought of that incident, that stranger!

  • But with girlish wilfulness she had clung to it the more positively.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • This morning indeed he found her all girlish gentleness and appeal.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Clara was even more beautiful than her girlish loveliness had promised.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for girlish



of or like a girl in looks, behaviour, innocence, etc
Derived Formsgirlishly, adverbgirlishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for girlish

1560s, from girl + -ish. Related: Girlishly; girlishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper