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Playfully coy and frisky.

kit′ten·ish·ly adv.
kit′ten·ish·ness n.


1. like a kitten; lively
2. (of a woman) flirtatious, esp coyly flirtatious
ˈkittenishly adv
ˈkittenishness n


(ˈkɪt n ɪʃ)

1. coyly playful.
2. like or in the manner of a kitten.
kit′ten•ish•ly, adv.
kit′ten•ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.kittenish - playful like a lively kitten
playful - full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let loose from school"




[ˈkɪtənɪʃ] ADJ (fig) → picaruelo, coquetón, retozón


adjverspielt; (fig) womankokett


[ˈkɪtnɪʃ] adjda gattina


(ˈkitn) noun
a young cat. The cat had five kittens last week.
ˈkittenish adjective
References in classic literature ?
The little kitten, feasting her eyes on him, seemed ready at any moment to start her gambols again and display her kittenish nature.
There were one or two men whom she observed at the soiree musicale; but she would never have felt moved to any kittenish display to attract their notice--to any feline or feminine wiles to express herself toward them.
His accomplished wife, forcing her high spirits on everybody's attention with a sort of kittenish playfulness, intensified the depressing effect of the general dullness by all the force of the strongest contrast.
Velvet is an impractical idea, a dream of lounging like a kittenish odalisque, and we are not in a cultural moment built for repose.
Other pieces in black included a kittenish strappy top, and skirts with shiny chrome hardware on the bottom.
As a result, Dave faces a diffi-cult time when next he visits Buck House and has to explain to Her Maj how he came to be boasting to the mayor of New York that our kittenish Queen "positively purred" when informed of the referendum result.
In the meantime, longtime designer Marc Bouwer's costumes exhibited Twain at her most kittenish, including a tiger-striped sequin cat suit, thigh-high black boots and the hooded, leopard-skin robe from her "That Don't Impress Me Much" video.
Gayet is a committed Socialist who worked on Hollande's campaign, making kittenish support videos and sporting an "I only date Super Heroes'' T-shirt.
Once more stretching herself out in her seat, dangling her legs in a way she no doubt intended to be kittenish, provocative.
With her iron abs and kittenish face, tiny dynamo Monica Cervantes embodies both power and vulnerability.
She is a cunning little kittenish thing with such a gentle demure look.
The two of them act pouty and kittenish and spend so much time rubbing against each other, challenging and invitational, that it's amazing they don't zap each other to death with static electricity The show is mainly for Saranova, naturally, but it makes me uncomfortable enough that I relocate temporarily to another end of the bar where I end up having a perfectly civil conversation with two well-dressed women who have just come from the symphony or similar.