Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or suitable for a maiden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a maiden.
  • adj. Suitable for, or befitting a maiden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a maid; suiting a maid; maiden-like; gentle, modest, reserved.
  • adv. In a maidenlike manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a maid; gentle; modest; reserved.
  • In a maiden-like manner; modestly; gently.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. befitting or characteristic of a maiden

Etymologies

maiden +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We see, then, that pre-conjugal chastity and also a "maidenly" reserve and bashfulness are, when monosexual dominance prevails, displayed only by members of the subject sex.

    The Dominant Sex: A Study in the Sociology of Sex Differentiation, by Mathilde and Mathias Vaerting; translated from the German by Eden and Cedar Paul

  • Perhaps she had not that kind of maidenly shyness, sometimes called conventional propriety, sometimes described as 'mauvaise honte' which a woman of the world would have shown.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • Pentfield wrote back heartily, laughing at her fears, which he took to be the mere physical ones of danger and hardship rather than those bred of maidenly reserve.

    THE FAITH OF MEN

  • Her face went white on the instant, not from maidenly embarrassment, but from the anger which he could see flaming in her eyes.

    Chapter 20

  • Here from my window in my tower, I see the maidenly birches in their bridal veils against the dark pine wood -- there is nothing like the birch in the spring.

    Brenda, My Darling: The Love Letters of Fridtjof Nansen to Brenda Ueland

  • Yes, and her face was storm-bright, and all of her was very proud, save that her eyes were warm and soft and fluttered with lids that just would flutter maidenly and womanly.

    CHAPTER XXXVII

  • Soft flesh, a few maidenly whimpers, and boom, the itch is scratched.

    Earl of Durkness

  • Her pity could not be of the common sort, when the man who drew it was so much man as to shock her with maidenly fears and set her mind and pulse thrilling with strange thoughts and feelings.

    Chapter 7

  • Never divining Joan's fluttering wildness, her blind hatred of restraint and compulsion, her abhorrence of mastery by another, and mistaking the warmth and enthusiasm in her eyes (aroused by his latest tale) for something tender and acquiescent, he drew her to him, laid a forcible detaining arm about her waist, and misapprehended her frantic revolt for an exhibition of maidenly reluctance.

    Chapter 26

  • Somehow I doubt it was to protect my maidenly honor.

    Brush of Darkness

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