Entry from British & World English dictionary
Having or showing characteristics considered to be characteristic of a governess, especially primness or strictness: her governessy tone
More example sentences
- 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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