• A woman and two children with a calf
    A woman and two children with a calf
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj womanly befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

There was an old woman There was an old woman
A good-appearin' woman A good-appearin' woman
Woman sweeping Woman sweeping
Woman at foot of stairs Woman at foot of stairs
Bohemian Woman Bohemian Woman
Found the Old Woman Sitting Alone--3-17-225 Found the Old Woman Sitting Alone--3-17-225

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tallest woman that ever lived was Zeng Jinlian who was 8 feet 2 inches tall of China. Shed died at the age of 17
    • a Womanly Becoming a woman; feminine; as, womanly behavior. "A blushing, womanly discovering grace."
    • adv Womanly In the manner of a woman; with the grace, tenderness, or affection of a woman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The tallest woman in the world is American Sandy Allen who is 7 feet 7 inches
    • womanly Characteristic of, like, or befitting a woman; suiting a woman; feminine; not masculine; not girlish: as, womanly behavior.
    • womanly Synonyms Womanish, Ladylike, etc. See feminine.
    • womanly In the manner of a woman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As of 2004, there are two men for every woman in the United Arab Emirates.
    • adj Womanly like or becoming a woman: feminine
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  • Emily Prager
    Emily Prager
    “Beauty is the still birth of suffering, every woman knows that.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.”
  • Oliver Herford
    Oliver Herford
    “A woman's mind is cleaner than a man s: She changes it more often.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.”
  • Germaine De Stael
    Germaine De Stael
    “The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A woman never knows what she really wants until she fins out what her husband cannot afford.”


Scarlet woman - This idiom is used as a pejorative term for a sexually promiscuous woman, especially an adulteress.
Yesterday's man or Yesterday's woman - Someone, especially a politician or celebrity, whose career is over or on the decline is yesterday's man or woman.


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


In literature:

The woman member of the Social Democratic party is not working primarily for woman suffrage.
"What eight million women want" by Rheta Childe Dorr
The woman awoke, who was asleep on his bed.
"Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore" by Fay-Cooper Cole
If the word woman signifies fault, as I forget what Council decided, never was woman so womanlike as then.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
A woman seen by all is a woman wished for.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
Mademoiselle Pauline Vaison is a woman, a woman in love, and just because she is so, is suspicious.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner
A PRETTY WOMAN PLEASES THE EYE, a good woman, the heart.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Not "first the womanly and then the human," but first the human and then the womanly, is to be the order of her training.
"Women and the Alphabet" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Another woman cooked and another woman washed.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
The dowdy woman in charge remembered a young woman such as he described.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
A woman is a woman, too, I fancy.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
He used to call her the Big Woman, meaning that she was the master and mistress of everything and everybody about the place.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
But a wise woman I detest: may there not be in my house at least a woman more highly gifted with mind than woman ought to be.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
In March she finished her lecture, "The True Woman," and plunged into the preparations for the approaching woman's rights convention.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
A woman who interested me much was also a married woman.
"Glimpses into the Abyss" by Mary Higgs
Is there not woman in man, and man in woman, among those born at a birth?
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
But the bad woman can as easily drag down such a nature, as a good woman can ennoble it.
"The Threatening Eye" by Edward Frederick Knight
The woman they described was not the woman who fell out of the train.
"The Crime and the Criminal" by Richard Marsh
You have a good woman; this woman who is helping you.
"Prince Charlie" by Burford Delannoy
On this subject I had a conversation with a woman of the upper class.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
She was succeeded by a woman with a round cap and calico wrapper.
"Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock

In poetry:

From the town no goods I bring.
Cool is now the evening;
Show to me the fountain
'Whence thou drinkest,
Woman young and kind!
"The Wanderer" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And there she leaves her maiden choice,
Her husband, lover, friend.
Oh, were she woman could she less
To homely sorrows lend!
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
But then a voice came sweet and low–
I turn'd, and near me sate
A woman with a mourner's brow,
Pale, yet not desolate.
"The Spanish Chapel" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
“But proudly sure in all the earth
No other in that homage shares,
Nor other woman’s face or worth
Is prized as theirs.”
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Dectora. How can that be?
Is it that though your eyes are full of love
Some other woman has a claim on you,
And I've but half!
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats
I watched her in the crowded ways,
A noble form, a queenly head,
With all the woman in her gaze,
The conscious woman in her tread.
"The Mystery Of A Year" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Tamaqua woman attacks ex-boyfriend, woman with shovel, frying pan .
A Western New York woman is accused of slugging a 70-year-old Walmart greeter who asked to see a receipt for merchandise the woman was carrying out of the store.
A South Bay woman who stabbed a National City woman to death in 2009 was sentenced Feb 2 to 15 years to life in prison.
A dispute between a woman and her grandfather ended with legal charges against the woman involved.
Chicago police said an Arizona woman was arrested for firing a stun gun at a woman in Bucktown so she and the victim's daughter could steal a $40,000 engagement ring.
Our central and only theme this is evening is Africana Womanism a paradigm challenge to the European feminist , Black Feminist and Black womanism models.
Police are searching for a man who flashed one woman and tried to grab another woman in west Houston.
Pueblo woman dies of flu pueblo, woman, koaa, flu , home, department, says, partners, hospitalized, died.
Woman faces manslaughter charges after striking a woman mowing her lawn.
A 36-year-old woman accused of driving her SUV off Washington County road and fatally striking another woman mowing her lawn faces manslaughter charges.
One woman's efforts change everything for homeless woman.
Shakespeare probably never envisioned this — a woman playing Romeo as a woman in a Minneapolis theater production.
STOVER (AP) — A Central Missouri woman will stand trial for second-degree murder in the death of her son, who prosecutors believe was abused by the woman's boyfriend.
When it comes to infertility, a man is as likely to contribute to difficulty conceiving as a woman, but it's not uncommon for focus to remain on a woman's health.
TULSA — A woman who was charged with committing felony crimes against nature was arrested this morning after police were notified of more than 150 homemade movies of the Tulsa County woman engaging in various sex acts with dogs.

In science:

Supported by research grant “Black holes and gravitational waves” of Ewha Womans University.
Kerr black holes in horizon-generating form
Heinsbroek. A woman who made the past two years very happy.
New aspects of the ddc-lemma
April Greenside, a young woman in her late-twenties, has recently started running long distance races.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
April Greenside, a young woman in her late-twenties, has recently started running.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
C.1 April, The Runner April Greenside, a young woman in her late-twenties, has recently started running long distance races.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The women and social events constitute a bipartite network; an edge exists between a woman and a social event if the woman was in attendance at the event.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
Despite their (unusually) high representation in the graduate student population, every single woman at this meeting identified balancing family and career as a daunting problem potentially threatening her future participation in the field.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
Finally, we generate MG as a 100 × 6 binary table where the first three genres will be considered to be manly and the last three genres will be considered to be womanly.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
For each movie in the relation, we select two genres as follows: for the first 60 movies we select a genre from the manly genres with a probability of 0.9 and from the womanly genres with a probability of 0.1.
Query Significance in Databases via Randomizations
For each man m (and woman w), there is a ranking ≻m (respectively ≻w ) over all women W (resp. men M ) such that w ≻m w′ indicates that m prefers being matched to m than to m′ .
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
We fit logistic regression models with random intercepts to model whether or not a woman had high blood pressure as a function of her body mass index, whether she was on hypertensive medication, and a trend over the visits.
Misspecifying the Shape of a Random Effects Distribution: Why Getting It Wrong May Not Matter
Figure 4: Electronic waste recycling in the Third World: A woman is decomposing electronic waste into its raw materials, trying to retrieve valuable component materials like gold and copper which they sell to local scrap dealers.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
If F(S) = {-eS }, whenever #S > 3, then we have a possible generalization of the man, woman and child problem of Alkan (1988).
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
Trusting one of these new hypotheses becomes at first glance difficult to argue when only considering two random samples of size n in each population without the knowledge of sex (man or woman).
Tests on components of density mixtures
Let p1 and p2 (resp. q1 and q2 ) denote the density functions of the random variables W.R.(I ) |man and W.R.(I ) |woman (resp. W.R.(P ) |man and W.R.(P ) |woman ).
Tests on components of density mixtures