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[ley-dee-lahyk] /ˈleɪ diˌlaɪk/
like a lady.
befitting a lady:
in a ladylike manner.
Origin of ladylike
1580-90; lady + -like
Related forms
ladylikeness, noun
unladylike, adjective
1, 2. well-bred, well-mannered, courteous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unladylike
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  • She was so alarmed that she lashed out with both hind feet in a most unladylike manner.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • With which unladylike remark she dismissed him from her mind as a possible ally.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • It was more than Mrs. Bazalgette could bear: she had now and then, not often, unladylike impulses.

  • Mrs. Erveng won't let me play with Hilliard, I'm sure she won't, 'that's so unladylike!'

    We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • Such an atrociously cheeky, unladylike thing to do, and putting her address here at the Grange!

    The Madcap of the School Angela Brazil
  • And you know, Mark, it was so unladylike, her getting up in that way.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
  • She had lain awake half the night thinking of what a rude, unladylike, childish trick she had been guilty.

  • I exclaimed, shocked at this strange and unladylike upheaval.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • It would be most unladylike to read it, she decided—a sort of thing only the housemaids would do.

    Beyond The Rocks Elinor Glyn
  • They said it was 'unladylike' and a lot more things, for me to write to him at all.

    The Master of Warlock George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for unladylike


like or befitting a lady in manners and bearing; refined and fastidious
(derogatory) (of a man) effeminate
Derived Forms
ladylikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unladylike



also lady-like, 1580s; see lady + like. Middle English had ladily "queenly, exalted" (late 14c.).

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