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wom·an·ly

 (wo͝om′ən-lē)
adj. wom·an·li·er, wom·an·li·est
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of women, often in showing qualities traditionally attributed to women: "Feminism had ... held out a promise that there would be some precincts of womanly life that were not all about men" (Maureen Dowd).
2. Fully developed as a woman, as in having a curvaceous figure: "I watch the way she sleeps, rolled onto her side, too womanly for the slender child's bed" (Alexandra Fuller).

wom′an·li·ness n.

womanly

(ˈwʊmənlɪ)
adj
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
ˈwomanliness n

wom•an•ly

(ˈwʊm ən li)

adj.
1. having qualities traditionally ascribed to women; feminine; not masculine or girlish.
adv.
2. in the manner of, or befitting, a woman.
[1250–1300]
wom′an•li•ness, wom′an•ness, n.
syn: womanly, womanlike, womanish mean having traits or qualities considered typical of or appropriate to adult human females. womanly, a term of approval, suggests such admirable traits as self-possession, modesty, and motherliness: a womanly consideration for others. womanlike may be a neutral synonym for womanly, or it may convey mild disapproval: womanlike tears and reproaches. womanish is usually disparaging. Applied to women, it suggests traits not socially approved: a womanish petulance; applied to men, it suggests traits not culturally acceptable for men but (in what is regarded as a sexist notion) typical of women: a womanish shrillness in his speech. See also female.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.womanly - befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman; "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
unwomanly - not womanly; "the logical clearness of her arguments...condemned her as eccentric and unwomanly"

womanly

adjective
1. feminine, motherly, female, warm, tender, matronly, ladylike the accepted womanly qualities of compassion and unselfishness
2. curvaceous, ample, voluptuous, shapely, curvy (informal), busty (informal), buxom, full-figured, Rubenesque, Junoesque a womanly figure

womanly

adjective
Of, relating to, or characteristic of women:
Translations
نِسَوي، أنثوي، مُتَعَلِّق بالمَرأه
kvindelig
kven-, kvenlegur
kadına yaraşırkadınca

womanly

[ˈwʊmənlɪ] ADJfemenino

womanly

[ˈwʊmənli] adj [shape, curves, figure, voice] → féminin(e)woman police constable n (British)femme f agent de policewoman teacher nprofesseur f femme, professeure f

womanly

adj figure, personfraulich; qualities, virtuesweiblich

womanly

[ˈwʊmənlɪ] adjfemminile
womanly behaviour → comportamento da donna

woman

(ˈwumən) plural women (ˈwimin) noun
1. an adult human female. His sisters are both grown women now; (also adjective) a woman doctor; women doctors.
2. a female domestic daily helper. We have a woman who comes in to do the cleaning.
-woman sometimes used instead of -man when the person performing an activity is a woman, as in chairwoman
ˈwomanhood noun
the state of being a woman. She will reach womanhood in a few years' time.
ˈwomankind, womenkind (ˈwimin-) nouns
women generally.
ˈwomanly adjective
(showing qualities) natural or suitable to a woman. a womanly figure; womanly charm.
ˈwomanliness noun
ˈwomenfolk (ˈwimin-) noun plural
female people, especially female relatives.
References in classic literature ?
March glanced at Meg, who was looking very pretty in her gingham morning gown, with the little curls blowing about her forehead, and very womanly, as she sat sewing at her little worktable, full of tidy white rolls, so unconscious of the thought in her mother's mind as she sewed and sang, while her fingers flew and her thoughts were busied with girlish fancies as innocent and fresh as the pansies in her belt, that Mrs.
Many of them were delicious in the role; one of them was the embodiment of every womanly grace and charm.
The maiden drew back in lofty womanly reserve, and her dark eye kindled, while the rich blood shot, like the passing brightness of the sun, into her very temples, at the indignity.
She strikes me as able, full of energy, and yet womanly.
All her little womanly ways, budding out of her like blossoms on a young fruit-tree, had their effect on him, and sometimes caused his very heart to tingle with the keenest thrills of pleasure.
This figure of tile study and the cloister, as Hester Prynne's womanly fancy failed not to recall, was slightly deformed, with the left shoulder a trifle higher than the right.
Shelby, who, with a little womanly complacency in match-making, felt pleased to unite her handsome favorite with one of her own class who seemed in every way suited to her; and so they were married in her mistress' great parlor, and her mistress herself adorned the bride's beautiful hair with orange-blossoms, and threw over it the bridal veil, which certainly could scarce have rested on a fairer head; and there was no lack of white gloves, and cake and wine,--of admiring guests to praise the bride's beauty, and her mistress' indulgence and liberality.
Emma grieved that she could not be more openly just to one important service which his better sense would have rendered her, to the advice which would have saved her from the worst of all her womanly folliesher wilful intimacy with Harriet Smith; but it was too tender a subject.
It was a passionate, loving, thankful, womanly action, but the hand made no response--dropped cold and heavy, and took to its knitting again.
They served me with the ale, though I suspect it was not the Genuine Stunning; and the landlord's wife, opening the little half-door of the bar, and bending down, gave me my money back, and gave me a kiss that was half admiring and half compassionate, but all womanly and good, I am sure.
But she was so much changed, was so much more beautiful, so much more womanly, in all things winning admiration had made such wonderful advance, that I seemed to have made none.
With her small head, little ears, pretty lips, and roguish eye, she, being a very large creature, presented an immensity of half womanly, half infantile loveliness which smote even grave men with a desire to clasp her in their arms and kiss her.