womanish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj womanish having characteristics associated with women and considered undesirable in men "womanish tears"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Womanish Suitable to a woman, having the qualities of a woman; effeminate; not becoming a man; -- usually in a reproachful sense. See the Note under Effeminate. "Thy tears are womanish .""Womanish entreaties.""A voice not soft, weak, piping, and womanish , but audible, strong, and manlike."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • womanish Pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for women; feminine; effeminate: often used in a disparaging or reproachful sense when said of men: as, womanish ways; a womanish, voice; womanish fears.
    • womanish Synonyms Female, Effeminate, etc. See feminine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Womanish having the qualities of a woman: feminine
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Quotations

  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wimman, wífman, a compound of wíf, a woman, man, man.

Usage

In literature:

Your womanish outburst of despairing tears over, a hot fever of restlessness besets you.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
Jane had not the womanish faculty of thinning every fact or thought that came to her into tears or talk.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, October, 1877, Vol. XX. No. 118" by Various
I feel so weak and womanish, I must tell some one.
"Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge" by Arthur Christopher Benson
How contemptible are womanish tastes in a man!
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
His voice was suddenly womanish.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
Lyle, too, with his delicate, womanish, but yet handsome face.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
The womanish weakness in Hutchings sprang to hurried attack.
"Gulmore, The Boss" by Frank Harris
This is worse than womanish.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
They think it womanish to do so.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She's a motherly, womanish child, too, as much so as Hope, in her way.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
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In poetry:

To disentangle one clear wish
Not of her sex, she sought;
And womanish to womanish
Discerned in lighted thought.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Blue-eyed was Elf the minstrel,
With womanish hair and ring,
Yet heavy was his hand on sword,
Though light upon the string.
"The Song of Elf" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Nay," she answered, deeply sighing,
As the maid grew womanish—
"Love, how hard have I been trying'
To believe the thing I wish!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
When I was young and miserable and pretty
And poor, I'd wish
What all girls wish: to have a husband,
A house and children. Now that I'm old, my wish
Is womanish:
That the boy putting groceries in my car
"Next Day" by Randall Jarrell
So he spake in his large self-reliance,—he, a man open-browed
as the skies;
Would not measure his soul by a standard that was womanish-weak
to his eyes,
Smite his breast and go on with his sinning,—savage Raedwald,
the simple yet wise!
"King Raedwald" by Helen Gray Cone