ladylike

[ley-dee-lahyk]

adjective

like a lady.
befitting a lady: in a ladylike manner.

Origin of ladylike

First recorded in 1580–90; lady + -like
Related formsla·dy·like·ness, nounun·la·dy·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ladylike

ladylike

adjective

like or befitting a lady in manners and bearing; refined and fastidious
derogatory (of a man) effeminate
Derived Formsladylikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ladylike
adj.

also lady-like, 1580s; see lady + like. Middle English had ladily "queenly, exalted" (late 14c.).

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