mannish

[ man-ish ]
/ ˈmæn ɪʃ /

adjective

being typical or suggestive of a man rather than a woman: mannish clothing styles for women; a mannish voice.
resembling a man, as in size or manner: a mannish youth.

Origin of mannish

before 900; Middle English; replacing Middle English mennish, Old English mennisc; see man1, -ish1
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mannish

/ (ˈmænɪʃ) /

adjective

(of a woman) having or displaying qualities regarded as typical of a man
of or resembling a man
Derived Formsmannishly, adverbmannishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mannish

mannish


adj.

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."

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