ladylike

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EtymologyEdit

lady +‎ -like

AdjectiveEdit

ladylike (comparative more ladylike, superlative most ladylike)

  1. Of or related to the appearance or behaviour of a well-mannered woman.
    • 1906 November 29, Nesbit, W. D., “The Querist”, in Life, volume 48, number 1257, page 673:
      Is it ladylike to giggle? / Is it ladylike to wink? / Is it ladylike to ride a horse astraddle? / Is it ladylike to wiggle? / Is it ladylike to drink? / Is it ladylike upon the beach to paddle? []
    • 1985, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, →ISBN, page 165:
      Pirates, these women, with their ladylike briefcases for the loot and their horsy, acquisitive teeth.

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