womanly

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English womanly, wommanly, wommanlich, wummonlich, wommanlych, equivalent to woman +‎ -ly.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈwʊmənli/
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  • Hyphenation: wom‧an‧ly

AdjectiveEdit

womanly (comparative womanlier, superlative womanliest)

  1. Considered typical of, stereotypical of, or appropriate to women; feminine.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      I know that the sound of it moved me more even than her words, it was so very human - so very womanly.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, page 149:
      "What I mean, a woman who doesn't go in for booze and sport and cigarettes. Man gets sick of these tough flappers. Give me a womanly woman every time. As I said before, I could see at a glance that you were a thoroughly womanly woman."
  2. (rare) Female.

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AdverbEdit

womanly (comparative more womanly, superlative most womanly)

  1. In the manner of a woman.

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AdjectiveEdit

womanly

  1. Alternative form of wommanly