girl +‎ -ish



girlish (comparative more girlish, superlative most girlish)

  1. Like (that of) a girl; feminine.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter 2, [1]
      She saw her own face, glowing with girlish beauty, and illuminating all the interior of the dusky mirror in which she had been wont to gaze at it.
    • 1885, W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado, Act I, [2]
      Three little maids from school are we, / Pert as a school-girl well can be, / Filled to the brim with girlish glee, / Three little maids from school!
    • 1898, William Watson, "Song" in The Hope of the World and Other Poems, London: John Lane, p. 41, [3]
      April, April, / Laugh thy girlish laughter; / Then, the moment after, / Weep thy girlish tears!
  2. (archaic) Of or relating to girlhood.
    • 1602, Richard Carew, The Survey of Cornwall, London: E. Law, 1769, pp. 119-20, [4]
      This village was the birth-place of Thomasine Bonauenture, I know not, whether by descent, or euent, so called: for whiles in her girlish age she kept sheepe on the foreremembered moore, it chanced that a London merchant passing by, saw her [] .

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