womanish


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wom·an·ish

 (wo͝om′ə-nĭsh)
adj.
1. Of, characteristic of, or suitable to a woman, especially when considered inferior to a man: "He had long known ... that Burgundy is better than that womanish drink, champagne" (Sinclair Lewis).
2. Imitative or suggestive of a woman rather than a man: "With a womanish gesture he lifted a lock of silver hair from his forehead and smoothed it back on his head" (Carson McCullers).

wom′an·ish·ly adv.
wom′an·ish·ness n.

womanish

(ˈwʊmənɪʃ)
adj
1. having qualities or characteristics regarded as unsuitable to a strong character of either sex, esp a man
2. characteristic of or suitable for a woman
ˈwomanishly adv
ˈwomanishness n

wom•an•ish

(ˈwʊm ə nɪʃ)

adj.
characteristic or suggestive of a woman; womanlike or feminine.
[1325–75]
wom′an•ish•ly, adv.
wom′an•ish•ness, n.
syn: See womanly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.womanish - having characteristics associated with women and considered undesirable in men; "womanish tears"
unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly - not possessing qualities befitting a man

womanish

adjective
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of women:
2. Having qualities more appropriate to women than to men:
Translations

womanish

[ˈwʊmənɪʃ] ADJmujeril, propio de mujer; [man] → afeminado

womanish

adj (= womanly) womanfraulich; (pej: = effeminate) manweibisch
References in classic literature ?
Ivanushka, sipping out of her saucer, looked with sly womanish eyes from under her brows at the young men.
Search everywhere for a poor weak womanish creature, with rings on his little white hands.
I am ashamed, Mr Jones, of this womanish weakness; but I shall never mention him without tears.
I was now about ten years old, and began to look a little womanish, for I was mighty grave and humble, very mannerly, and as I had often heard the ladies say I was pretty, and would be a very handsome woman, so you may be sure that hearing them say so made me not a little proud.
No exclamation of surprise escaped the father, nor was any question asked, or reply given, for several minutes; each appearing to await the moment when he might speak, without betraying womanish curiosity or childish impatience.
To think of having such an attack of womanish hysteria, pah
It was impossible for Mercy to look at them, as she was looking now, without drawing the inevitable comparison between the manly force and dignity of Julian and the womanish malice and irritability of Horace.
His feet were effeminately small, and were clad in buff-coloured silk stockings, and little womanish bronze-leather slippers.
The expression of those eyes was strangely out of keeping with his somewhat womanish figure, and gave it something far more serious than could be guessed at first sight.
there was added the womanish and old-maiden-like misery arising from a sense of unseemliness in her attire.
Two ladies, rivals in fashionable life who tormented one another with a thousand little stings of womanish spite, were given to understand that each of their hearts was a nest of diminutive snakes, which did quite as much mischief as one great one.
Fred turned round and hurried out of the room, conscious that he was getting rather womanish, and feeling confusedly that his being sorry was not of much use to the Garths.