Definition of womanish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʊmənɪʃ/


1Suitable for or characteristic of a woman: he confused introspection with womanish indecision
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  • ‘Believe it or not, I was once your age,’ a portly store manager chimed as he passed our womanish giggle-fest.
  • People would assume you were womanish or weak or something, and they would try to cow you down, and to abuse you.
  • In Storr's catalogue essay, we hear precursors of such comments across 18 centuries from writers who condemned decadent foreign influences, womanish decoration and blatant artificiality.
1.1(Of a man) effeminate; unmanly: Burden thought him a weak womanish fool
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  • Cesario, of course, looks like a very womanish man, since he is actually a woman.
  • In early vase-painting, Greek men are depicted ‘black-figure’, symbolic of their darker skin, while women (and womanish men) are shown pale and white.
  • ‘And different gender folks too,’ shouts one womanish looking man in a cutoff shirt.
effeminate, effete, unmanly, unmasculine, girlish, namby-pamby
informal sissy, girly, camp, limp-wristed, queeny
rare epicene, emasculate



Pronunciation: /ˈwʊmənɪʃ(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • While more female physicians are turning up, most are either too mannishly tough or too womanishly sweet.
  • The chaste man need not be squeamish or prudish or lacking in animal vitality; nor need he be womanishly pious or a slave of puritanical conventions.
  • Men in polyester trousers, sharply creased, cut to bag out womanishly at the thighs and hemmed too short, exposing a centimetre of sock.


Pronunciation: /ˈwʊmənɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • It is some native cowardice or womanishness which has rendered me subject to the flame of filial grief.
  • No proto-feminist, she insisted that her influence on the age exposed the lacklustre womanishness of the clergy; only in dire necessity, would God have resorted to her.
  • You sometimes have to answer a woman according to her womanishness, just as you have to answer a fool according to his folly.

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