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[ohld-woo m-uh-nish]
  1. Sometimes Offensive. having characteristics considered typical of an old woman, as excessive fussiness or timidity.
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Origin of old-womanish

First recorded in 1765–75
Related formsold-wom·an·ish·ness, noun

Usage note

This term is sometimes perceived as insulting because it reinforces stereotypes.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for old-womanish

Historical Examples

  • There are tears in her voice—simple, old-womanish, grandmotherly tears.

    The Old House and Other Tales

    Feodor Sologub

  • Surely my old-womanish babbling has not upset you like this!

    By Birth a Lady

    George Manville Fenn

  • He makes no old-womanish outcry of alarm and expresses no exaggerated wrath.

  • Poor little darling, the girls made fun of it because it was so ugly and old-womanish.

    Little Maid Marian

    Amy E. Blanchard