old-womanish

[ ohld-woo m-uh-nish ]
/ ˈoʊldˈwʊm ə nɪʃ /
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adjective

Sometimes Offensive. having characteristics considered typical of an old woman, as excessive fussiness or timidity.

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.
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