noun, plural wom·en [wim-in] /ˈwɪm ɪn/.
verb (used with object)
- wolverine state,
- wolves in sheep's clothing,
- woman about town,
- woman in the street,
- woman of letters,
- woman of the hour,
- woman of the house
Origin of woman
Examples from the Web for woman
A fourth suspect, a 26-year-old woman named Hayat Boumeddiene, remains at large.
In 2009, a Pakistani Christian woman got into a religious argument with some Muslim women with whom she was harvesting berries.
It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
While 19 percent of the House is female, just one woman will get to chair one of its 20 committees.
Instead, the man and woman in the truck wanted to know where the crash site was and whether would I show them.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And this rapid change, this third engagement within a few weeks,—was disgusting to her as a woman.The American Senator|Anthony Trollope
That slender slip of a woman does almost all their farm work, herself?Dorothy on a House Boat|Evelyn Raymond
But to do that, friend, a woman should dwell very near to Him who only hath immortality.It Might Have Been|Emily Sarah Holt
If there is only one woman in the nation who claims the right to vote, she ought to have it.An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
Any woman of them all might do worse than fall in love with thee.The Substance of a Dream |F. W. Bain
noun plural women (ˈwɪmɪn)
Word Origin for woman
late Old English wimman (plural wimmen), literally "woman-man," alteration of wifman (plural wifmen), a compound of wif "woman" (see wife) + man "human being" (in Old English used in reference to both sexes; see man (n.)). Cf. Dutch vrouwmens "wife," literally "woman-man."
The formation is peculiar to English and Dutch. Replaced older Old English wif and quean as the word for "female human being." The pronunciation of the singular altered in Middle English by the rounding influence of -w-; the plural retains the original vowel. Meaning "wife," now largely restricted to U.S. dialectal use, is attested from mid-15c. Women's liberation is attested from 1966; women's rights is from 1840, with an isolated example in 1630s.
see feel like oneself (new woman); marked man (woman); (woman) of few words; own person (woman); right-hand man (woman); scarlet woman.