womanly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English womanly, wommanly, wommanlich, wummonlich, wommanlych, equivalent to woman +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈwʊmənli/
  • Hyphenation: wom‧an‧ly

Adjective[edit]

womanly (comparative womanlier, superlative womanliest)

  1. Considered typical of, stereotypical of, or appropriate to women; feminine.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      I know that the sound of it moved me more even than her words, it was so very human - so very womanly.
  2. (rare) Female.

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Adverb[edit]

womanly (comparative more womanly, superlative most womanly)

  1. In the manner of a woman.

Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

womanly

  1. Alternative form of wommanly