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

Synonyms for ladylike Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ladylike



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

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

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