[ woo m-uh-nish ]
/ ˈwʊm ə nɪʃ /


womanlike or feminine.
weakly feminine; effeminate.


Origin of womanish

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at woman, -ish1

Related forms

wom·an·ish·ly, adverbwom·an·ish·ness, nounun·wom·an·ish, adjective

Can be confused

effeminate effete feminine womanish womanly (see synonym study at womanly)
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British Dictionary definitions for womanish


/ (ˈwʊmənɪʃ) /


having qualities or characteristics regarded as unsuitable to a strong character of either sex, esp a man
characteristic of or suitable for a woman

Derived Forms

womanishly, adverbwomanishness, noun
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