from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being mannish.

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  • noun The condition of being mannish; manliness or masculinity


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  • As for me, my "mannishness" (there is no other word expressive of it) was such that, forgetting what an insignificant chit I was, I actually attempted to accompany the troops.

    The end of an era,

  •  And the undue attention that she is clearly giving to maintaining her upright posture helps me fancy that she knows that, despite her occasional mannishness, I intuit an inner loveliness that awaits my gentle touch.

    Early Thoughts on the Oedipus Complex

  • Job understood "his place", as man, and yet, he did not disregard his mannishness in his quetioning and pursuit to understand.

    Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 2: How Will the Universe End?

  • The HUMAN BEING is the text of revelation, which is contextually understood, but universal mannishness!

    Sparring with Jesus

  • Beyond this lies the fact that womanliness is opposed to mannishness, and that unwomanliness grows faster than its virtuous opposite.

    Hold Up Your Heads, Girls! : Helps for Girls, in School and Out

  • At this point the novel assumes a tone of high virtue (_virtus_, mannishness, prejudice of the more brutal sex) on the subject of woman's rights, in especial of woman's right to fight in the field with gold armor, lance in rest, and casque closed.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • Sex must be recognized; the names of brother and sister, the slight difference in costume are sufficient, but in play and work, and especially in dress and manners, the early distinctions between the sexes tend to produce mannishness on one side and effeminacy on the other.

    The Education of American Girls

  • She had dropped the habit, when I was a shy and undemonstrative schoolboy, but had resumed it happily during the last two years, for, by then, I had learnt in my growing mannishness to delight in half-protectingly, half-childishly stroking and embracing her.

    Tell England A Study in a Generation

  • Moira described Bryce in minute detail and related to her eager auditor little unconscious daily acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, or humour performed by Bryce -- his devotion to his father, his idealistic attitude toward the Cardigan employees, his ability, his industry, the wonderful care he bestowed upon his fingernails, his marvellous taste in neckwear, the boyishness of his lighter and the mannishness of his serious moments.

    The Valley of the Giants

  • No affectation, nor pedantry, nor mannishness to mar the effect.

    Memories and Anecdotes


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