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1. Of or relating to men; masculine: "As a junior tennis player ... I felt betrayed at around fourteen when so many of these single-minded flailing boys became abruptly mannish and tall" (David Foster Wallace)."It was better for a woman ... to stand back, keep quiet, and let the men work out their mannish problems" (Maya Angelou).
2. Imitative or suggestive of a man rather than a woman: "Her ring sinks into the fourth finger of her square, mannish hands" (Mary Gordon).
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