maidenly


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

maid·en·ly

 (mād′n-lē)
adj.
Of, relating to, or suitable for a maiden.

maid′en·li·ness n.

maidenly

(ˈmeɪdənlɪ)
adj
of or befitting a maiden
ˈmaidenliness n

maid•en•ly

(ˈmeɪd n li)

adj.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a maiden.
[1400–50]
maid′en•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.maidenly - befitting or characteristic of a maidenmaidenly - befitting or characteristic of a maiden; "a maidenly blush"
feminine - associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"

maidenly

Translations

maidenly

[ˈmeɪdnlɪ] ADJ (= virginal) → virginal; (= demure) → recatado, modesto

maidenly

adjjungfräulich; (= modest)mädchenhaft
References in classic literature ?
This delicacy is chiefly evinced in the action of sweeping, when in maidenly gentleness the whale with a certain soft slowness moves his immense flukes from side to side upon the surface of the sea; and if he feel but a sailor's whisker, woe to that sailor, whiskers and all.
The maidenly bosom bared to this, the pretty almost-child's head thus distracted, the delicate foot mincing in this slough of blood and dirt, were types of the disjointed time.
Her face went white on the instant, not from maidenly embarrassment, but from the anger which he could see flaming in her eyes.
When I had done, the poor girl, in the extremity of her forlornness and distress, forgot all the little maidenly conventionalities and young-lady-like restraints of everyday life--and, in a burst of natural grief and honest confiding helplessness, hid her face on my bosom, and cried there as if she were a child again, and I was the mother to whom she had been used to look for comfort.
He looked at her hair done up high, with the long white veil and white flowers and the high, stand-up, scalloped collar, that in such a maidenly fashion hid her long neck at the sides and only showed it in front, her strikingly slender figure, and it seemed to him that she looked better than ever--not because these flowers, this veil, this gown from Paris added anything to her beauty; but because, in spite of the elaborate sumptuousness of her attire, the expression of her sweet face, of her eyes, of her lips was still her own characteristic expression of guileless truthfulness.
This enabled Mattingly and Maryland Joe to cut down the body of a man hanged by the Vigilance Committee a few hours before on the regular trail, and to remonstrate with the committee on the incompatibility of such exhibitions with a maidenly worship of nature.
Her voice was calm, her enunciation a little slow, but perfectly distinct, and she stood before him as she spoke, in the simplest and most maidenly attitude.
Here you would see a stout warrior polishing his spear with a bit of old tappa, or adjusting the folds of the girdle about his waist; and there you might descry a young damsel decorating herself with flowers, as if having in her eye some maidenly conquest; while, as in all cases of hurry and confusion in every part of the world, a number of individuals kept hurrying to and fro, with amazing vigour and perseverance, doing nothing themselves, and hindering others.
It was the traditional maidenly interrogation, and he felt ashamed of himself for finding it singularly childish.
With her delicate little features and her pale face she looked cold and maidenly.
The sons turned their inquiring looks on the girl, who had so eagerly spoken, to require an explanation; but, as if content with the respite she had obtained for the stranger, she sunk back, in her seat, and chose to affect a maidenly silence.
I leave,' said Simon, turning to his master, with an utter disregard of Miggs's maidenly affliction, 'a box of things upstairs.