womanishness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n womanishness the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man) "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy","Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness","he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n womanishness The state or character of being womanish.
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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.”

Usage

In literature:

Keepin' me waitin' 'pon such a point be tu small an' womanish for a fight between men.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
In what a shadow or deep pit of darkness Doth womanish and fearful mankind live!
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
These were all womanish, up-in-the-air passes and parries.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Wilt thou not in silence, ceasing from womanish groans, make up thy mind to what is decreed?
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
What meane these bloody vowes, and idle threats, Throwne out from womanish impatient mind?
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
In what a shadow or deep pit of darkness Doth womanish and fearful mankind live!
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
There is something very human, and particularly womanish, about a motor-car.
"My Friend the Chauffeur" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I don't know his reasons, but he wants to place me in safety; I hate safety, it sounds so womanish.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
There would be no vain weeping, no womanish wailing in her; her grief was too deep for that.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
Black is good, without womanish taint.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
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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