- Characteristic of a lady
1884, Joseph Conrad, Tales Of Hearsay:
- Do you think it was a ladyish, afternoon call, another-cup-of-tea-please apparition that visits your Professor Cranks and that journalist chap you are always talking about?
1893, Ernest Dowson and Arthur Moore, A Comedy of Masks:
- She is an innocent young thing, after all--younger than I ever was--for all her fine dresses and her grand ladyish way.