kittenish

[ kit-n-ish ]
/ ˈkɪt n ɪʃ /

adjective

coyly playful.
like or in the manner of a kitten.

Nearby words

  1. kitt peak national observatory,
  2. kittel,
  3. kitten,
  4. kitten heel,
  5. kitten moth,
  6. kittie,
  7. kittikachorn,
  8. kittikachorn, thanom,
  9. kittiwake,
  10. kittle

Origin of kittenish

First recorded in 1745–55; kitten + -ish1

Related formskit·ten·ish·ly, adverbkit·ten·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for kittenish

kittenish

/ (ˈkɪtənɪʃ) /

adjective

like a kitten; lively
(of a woman) flirtatious, esp coyly flirtatious
Derived Formskittenishly, adverbkittenishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for kittenish

kittenish

adj.

1754, from kitten + -ish. Related: Kittenishly; Kittenishness.

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