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[woo m-uh n-lee]
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  1. like or befitting a woman; feminine; not masculine or girlish.
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  1. in the manner of, or befitting, a woman.
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Origin of womanly

1250–1300; Middle English wommanli(che). See woman, -ly
Related formswom·an·li·ness, wom·an·ness, nounhalf-wom·an·ly, adjectiveun·wom·an·ly, adjective, adverb
Can be confusedeffeminate effete feminine womanish womanly (see synonym study at the current entry)

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2. Womanly, womanlike, womanish mean having the traits or qualities that a culture regards as especially characteristic of or ideally appropriate to adult women. Womanly is usually a term of approval, suggesting the display of traits admired by the society, such as self-possession, modesty, motherliness, and calm competence: a womanly consideration for others; with womanly skill and efficiency. Womanlike may be a neutral synonym for womanly, or it may suggest mild disapproval: a womanlike dignity; womanlike tears and recriminations. Womanish is usually disparaging; applied to women it suggests traits not generally socially approved: a womanish petulance; womanish disregard for the rules. Applied to men it suggests traits culturally deemed inappropriate for men and (in what is now often regarded as a sexist notion) to be found in women: a womanish shrillness in his speech; a womanish way of stamping his foot in anger. See also female.
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Related Words for womanness

fecundity, femininity, fertility, manliness, masculinity, mettle, potency, virility, adulthood, womanliness, womanness

British Dictionary definitions for womanness


  1. possessing qualities, such as warmth, attractiveness, etc, generally regarded as typical of a woman, esp a mature woman
  2. characteristic of or belonging to a woman
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Derived Formswomanliness, noun
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