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governessy Line breaks: gov¦ern|essy
Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌv(ə)nɪsi/

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Definition of governessy in English:


Having or showing characteristics considered to be characteristic of a governess, especially primness or strictness: her governessy tone
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  • In her literature, however, she has got that instructing, governessy tone which is almost hard to bear.
  • To the French she seemed a governessy figure such as they label "the English Miss".
  • In exasperation, Anne marched over and grabbed him in her firmest governessy hold.
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