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kittenish

[kit-n-ish] /ˈkɪt n ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
coyly playful.
2.
like or in the manner of a kitten.
Origin of kittenish
1745-1755
1745-55; kitten + -ish1
Related forms
kittenishly, adverb
kittenishness, noun
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  • But from an Englishwoman trying to be kittenish,” he fervently added, “good Lord, deliver us all!

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • She was pretty and kittenish, with fluffy hair and an eternal smile.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • This object is not to be accomplished by adopting juvenile dress and kittenish ways.

  • Miss Peggy was losing her kittenish grace, was becoming lumpy.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • He had not been very attentive of late, and Dora, despite her kittenish airs, was strictly business in her methods.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • And Anna, she flashes them high-powered eyes of hers at me kittenish.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • As for Becky Sharp, that kittenish person seldom arouses in me much curiosity.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • There was a deal more in Mrs. Stapleton besides the kittenish qualities.

    The Necromancers Robert Hugh Benson
British Dictionary definitions for kittenish

kittenish

/ˈkɪtənɪʃ/
adjective
1.
like a kitten; lively
2.
(of a woman) flirtatious, esp coyly flirtatious
Derived Forms
kittenishly, adverb
kittenishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for kittenish
adj.

1754, from kitten + -ish. Related: Kittenishly; Kittenishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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