pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a maiden: a maidenly blush.

Origin of maidenly

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at maiden, -ly
Related formsmaid·en·li·ness, nounun·maid·en·li·ness, nounun·maid·en·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maidenly

Historical Examples of maidenly

  • Viviette alone in her maidenly splendour, he could have fought it down.


    William J. Locke

  • I love thee too, but I think it not maidenly to kiss thee till I'm asked.

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

  • But the grey in this case was not so pure, nor were the straightness and the slenderness so maidenly.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • Who looked with contempt on girls and disdained their maidenly advances!

  • "Oh, Rupert," with a moan of maidenly horror, and conscious incompetence.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

British Dictionary definitions for maidenly



of or befitting a maiden
Derived Formsmaidenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maidenly

mid-15c., from maiden (n.) + -ly (1).

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