Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like an old woman; anile; primly fastidious; old-maidish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like or characteristic of an old woman.

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

  • adj. primly fastidious

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Examples

  • He stopped within a couple of feet of her, until he could catch the scent of her perfume, something floral and old-womanish.

    The Mesa Conspiracy

  • Jumah is the best abused man of the party, because he has old-womanish ways with him, yet in his old-womanish ways he is disposed to do the best he can for me, though he will not carry a pound in weight without groaning terribly at his hard fate.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • Do you know, my precious Rodya, I think that perhaps for some reasons (nothing to do with Pyotr Petrovitch though, simply for my own personal, perhaps old-womanish, fancies)

    Crime and Punishment

  • I'll accept that, if you insist on being old-womanish.

    Mexico

  • We must stop when we cannot go any further, and all this old-womanish cackle on the subject, the everlasting trying to prove what is already said to be proved -- the looking for the square in space after laying it down as a law that only the circle exists -- is a curious way of showing us how to control the 'exuberance of our own verbosity.'

    Ideala

  • Tabby cats -- the soft, fattish kind, without any manlike qualities, that seemed to be by far the greater proportion of all the men one saw about in buses and in the streets and met in business; tabby cats -- sloppy, old-womanish creatures.

    This Freedom

  • Do you know, my precious Rodya, I think that perhaps for some reasons (nothing to do with Pyotr Petrovitch though, simply for my own personal, perhaps old-womanish, fancies) I should do better to go on living by myself, apart, than with them, after the wedding.

    Chapter III. Part I

  • The companionship of Dale's bright youth would keep her from getting old-womanish if anything could.

    The Bat

  • "Eh! th 'art a queer, old-womanish thing," she said.

    The Secret Garden

  • It was, of course, considered an old-womanish thing to do, but I finally came to the point when I asked the commissariat department to give me, as was the custom, tea, coffee, and sugar instead.

    From the Bottom Up

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