from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not befitting a maiden.

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  • adjective Not maidenly.


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  • It was the whisperings of her womanly nature that caused her to shrink from any unmaidenly action, not Margaret's counsel.

    Mary Barton 2010

  • She wouldn't do it at once, for that would show unmaidenly eagerness, but possibly on the second or third day; if she delayed to the fourth day, she was a proper little tease.

    Isabelle Estelle Bruno 2010

  • All this shows very well in a girl prepared to obey her parents in a match sanctioned by her father; but such tokens of intimacy, bestowed on one whom a young woman cannot esteem, and is determined not to marry, are uncomely and unmaidenly.

    The Fair Maid of Perth 2008

  • Like Juliet, she had been troubled with a consciousness that perhaps her love for Christopher was a trifle forward and unmaidenly, even though she had determined never to let him or anybody in the whole world know of it.

    The Hand of Ethelberta 2006

  • She had suggested that this marriage with the Christian girl might be abandoned without the disgrace upon Anton of having broken his troth, and she had thereby laid herself open to a suspicion of having worked for her own ends — of having done so with unmaidenly eagerness to gratify her own love.

    Nina Balatka 2004

  • He was assured that she was neither coarse, nor vulgar, nor unmaidenly.

    Lady Anna 2004

  • I should not like to suppose that you thought me unmaidenly.

    He Knew He Was Right 2004

  • He had had weeks to think of this, weeks in which it would have been almost unmaidenly in her so to think of it as to have made up her mind to accept the man.

    He Knew He Was Right 2004

  • Laetitia Knollys is positively unmaidenly in the way she talks about you, and the queen laughs.

    The Virgin's Lover Philippa Gregory 1996

  • Perhaps it would be unmaidenly for her to answer it.

    Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell 1996


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