Origin of mannish
Examples from the Web for mannish
The designer showed a collection filled with mannish silhouettes, pinstripe suiting, and plaids.
Keeko, in her mannish clothes of buckskin, her beaded, fur-trimmed tunic which revealed the shapeliness of her youthful body.The Heart of Unaga|Ridgwell Cullum
One of them wore a mannish shirtwaist, with a high collar and scarf.Vandover and the Brute|Frank Norris
Cared he naught for these, there was yet another, phase of mannish existence to which he might agreeably be introduced.The Genius|Margaret Horton Potter
British Dictionary definitions for mannish
Word Origin and History for mannish
Old English mennisc "human, human-like, natural," from Proto-Germanic *manniska- (cf. Old Saxon mannisc, Old High German mennisc, Gothic mannisks), from *manna- (see man (n.)). In some cases a new formation from man (n.) + -ish.
Sense of "masculine" is from late 14c.; in reference to women seen as masculine, from late 14c. Of adult males (opposed to childish) from 1520s. Related: Mannishly; mannishness. The proto-Germanic adjective became, in some languages, a noun meaning "human" (cf. German Mensch), and in Old English mannish also was used as a noun "mankind, folk, race, people."