woman

Definitions

  • A woman and two children with a calf
    A woman and two children with a calf
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n woman women as a class "it's an insult to American womanhood","woman is the glory of creation","the fair sex gathered on the veranda"
    • n woman a human female employed to do housework "the char will clean the carpet","I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write"
    • n woman an adult female person (as opposed to a man) "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
    • n woman a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man "he was faithful to his woman"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

A good-appearin' woman A good-appearin' woman
Woman sweeping Woman sweeping
Bohemian Woman Bohemian Woman
THE WOMAN OF CANAAN THE WOMAN OF CANAAN
A SHÔP WOMAN OF THE DISTRICT OF SOFIA A SHÔP WOMAN OF THE DISTRICT OF SOFIA
A YOUNG MARRIED SHÔP WOMAN A YOUNG MARRIED SHÔP WOMAN
A YOUNG WOMAN OF THE ROUSTCHOUK DISTRICT A YOUNG WOMAN OF THE ROUSTCHOUK DISTRICT
woman and tea biscuits woman and tea biscuits

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every eleven minutes in the U.S., a woman dies of breast cancer
    • Woman A female attendant or servant. "By her woman I sent your message."
    • Woman An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person. "Women are soft, mild pitiful, and flexible.""And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman .""I have observed among all nations that the women ornament themselves more than the men; that, wherever found, they are the same kind, civil, obliging, humane, tender beings, inclined to be gay and cheerful, timorous and modest."
    • Woman The female part of the human race; womankind. "Man is destined to be a prey to woman ."
    • Woman To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it.
    • Woman To furnish with, or unite to, a woman. "To have him see me woman'd ."
    • Woman To make effeminate or womanish.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only woman that has appeared on a U.S. paper currency is Martha Washington
    • n woman Formerly, the side of a British penny on which was the figure of Britannia, the other having the king's head: as “man or woman?”—that is, heads or tails?
    • n woman An adult female of the human race; figuratively, the female sex; human females collectively. See lady, 5.
    • n woman The qualities which characterize womanhood; tenderness; gentleness; also, when used of a man, effeminacy; weakness.
    • n woman A female attendant on a person of rank (used in such a connection as to show the special sense intended).
    • n woman A woman experienced in the ways of the world; a woman engrossed in society or fashionable life.
    • woman To act the part of a woman: with an indefinite it.
    • woman To cause to act like a woman; subdue to weakness like a woman.
    • woman To unite to, or accompany by, a woman.
    • woman To call (a person) “woman” in an abusive way.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A woman has approximately 4.5 litres of blood in her body, while men have 5.6 litres
    • n Woman woom′an the female of man, an adult female of the human race: the female sex, women collectively: a female attendant
    • v.t Woman to cause to act like a woman, to unite to a woman (both Shak.): to call a person 'woman' abusively
    • adv Woman in the manner of a woman
    • ***

Quotations

  • Alphonse De Lamartine
    Alphonse%20De%20Lamartine
    “There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Elizabeth%20Barrett%20Browning
    “A woman's always younger than a man at equal years.”
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.”
  • 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.”
  • Nicol Williamson
    Nicol Williamson
    “If you can make a woman laugh you can do anything with her.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    Edgar%20Watson%20Howe
    “If a woman doesn't chase a man a little, she doesn't love him.”

Idioms

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.
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. woman, womman, wumman, wimman, wifmon, AS. wīfmann, wīmmann,; wīf, woman, wife + mann, a man. See Wife, and Man

Usage

In literature:

Man is man for a longer time than woman is woman.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
I'm a woman, I'm a woman, and I know how laddies feel.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
There are moods and solitudes when a man wants no woman, however much he may be wanting one particular woman.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But she was a woman, and a woman's acts may be her own, but their consequences are beyond her.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Very likely a woman at the bottom of it.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
You told me to be a woman!
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The child had become a woman, a woman full of contradictions.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Every woman who has borne a child is a Labour woman.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
The woman's house was quite as likely to be to the right as to the left; there was no way of telling.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
A few weeks ago an old Indian woman with gray hair came into the church.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 01, January, 1900" by Various
***

In poetry:

PAUDEEN
It's for the woman
Of the house he's asking. "Is she by herself?"
Says he to me.
"The Miracle Of The Corn" by Padraic Colum
We saw the crimson leave her cheeks
Flame in her eyes;
For when a woman lives in awful haste
A woman dies.
"To A Cabaret Dancer" by Djuna Barnes
I've never written such a poem
To mortal girl before,
Because I've never loved a woman
As the one I now adore.
"New Year's Greeting" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I had a brother whom I lost
Through thy proud crueltie,
And far more was to me his love,
Than woman's love can be.
"The Troubadour. Canto 4" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Woman's lot is thine, oh Fylgia,
Mourning broken faith,
And her mighty love outlasting
Chance and change and death!
"The Deserted Fylgia" by Alice Cary
"A woman's work is never done,
Or so I've heard," said Dan;
"But if that's true of anyone,
That one's a sailorman."
"The Day's Work" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

A Primghar woman's car and a Sheldon woman's car were damaged in an accident on Tuesday (10/23) in Sheldon.
Video of a Philadelphia policeman punching a woman in the face and leaving her bloodied and bruised has prompted the mayor to apologize to the woman.
Argument turns violent when woman attacks another woman with bat, deputies say.
ST CLOUD – A woman is in jail after allegedly hitting another woman with a baseball bat .
"She's a woman with the beard glued on," a boy sitting next to the woman says.
An off-duty Washoe County Deputy heard the woman screaming and looked inside the business and saw the woman being beaten .
Woman Admits to Posing as Blind Woman's Caregiver and Stealing Checks.
Healthy Woman will host its free Healthy Woman Lunch & Learn at 12 pm on Thursday, August 23.
TALLADEGA — A man and woman were arrested Tuesday after the woman drove her car into an occupied apartment in Curry Court, according to Police Chief Alan Watson.
Police say a western Pennsylvania woman endangered her 6-year-old niece by having the girl back the woman's car out of a tight parking spot, wrecking two other parked cars in the process.
Bossier Police say they're looking for a middle-aged woman who reportedly stole a woman's purse out of her shopping cart at the Wal Mart on Airline Drive back on May 28th.
In tonight's Woman To Woman report, there's a new trend in shopping And ladies, it's one you're going to like.
A jury has awarded a North Carolina woman $9 million from her husband's lover after ruling the other woman ruined their marriage.
A 17-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly threatening another woman with a samurai sword Tuesday.
Monte Draper Bemidji Pioneer Read the article: Bemidji Woman Says Father's Death, Expenses Led to Too Many Dogs Read the article: Bemidji Woman Allowed to Keep 7 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
***