womanliness

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womanly +‎ -ness

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womanliness (countable and uncountable, plural womanlinesses)

  1. The condition of being a woman; femininity.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 21:
      As she walked along to-day, for all her bouncing handsome womanliness, you could sometimes see her twelfth year in her cheeks, or her ninth sparkling from her eyes; and even her fifth would flit over the curves of her mouth now and then.

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