womanly

womanly

[woom-uhn-lee]
adjective
1.
like or befitting a woman; feminine; not masculine or girlish.
adverb
2.
in the manner of, or befitting, a woman.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English wommanli(che). See woman, -ly

womanliness, womanness, noun
half-womanly, adjective
unwomanly, adjective, adverb

effeminate, effete, feminine, womanish, womanly (see synonym study at the current entry).


2. Womanly, womanlike, womanish mean having the traits or qualities that a culture regards as especially characteristic of or ideally appropriate to adult women. Womanly is usually a term of approval, suggesting the display of traits admired by the society, such as self-possession, modesty, motherliness, and calm competence: a womanly consideration for others; with womanly skill and efficiency. Womanlike may be a neutral synonym for womanly or it may suggest mild disapproval: a womanlike dignity; womanlike tears and recriminations. Womanish is usually disparaging; applied to women it suggests traits not generally socially approved: a womanish petulance; womanish disregard for the rules. Applied to men it suggests traits culturally deemed inappropriate for men and (in what is now often regarded as a sexist notion) to be found in women: a womanish shrillness in his speech; a womanish way of stamping his foot in anger. See also female.
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womanly (ˈwʊmənlɪ)
 
adj
1.  possessing qualities, such as warmth, attractiveness, etc, generally regarded as typical of a woman, esp a mature woman
2.  characteristic of or belonging to a woman
 
'womanliness
 
n

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