from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, characteristic of, or suitable to a woman, especially when considered inferior to a man.
  • adjective Imitative or suggestive of a woman rather than a man.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for women; feminine; effeminate: often used in a disparaging or reproachful sense when said of men: as, womanish ways; a womanish, voice; womanish fears.
  • Synonyms Female, Effeminate, etc. See feminine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Suitable to a woman, having the qualities of a woman; effeminate; not becoming a man; -- usually in a reproachful sense. See the Note under effeminate.

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

  • adjective having characteristics associated with women and considered undesirable in men


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From woman +‎ -ish.


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