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

  • adj. Having qualities generally attributed to a woman.
  • adj. Belonging to or representative of a woman; feminine: womanly attire. See Synonyms at female.

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  • adj. Having the characteristics of a woman; feminine, female.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Becoming a woman; feminine.
  • adv. In the manner of a woman; with the grace, tenderness, or affection of a woman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characteristic of, like, or befitting a woman; suiting a woman; feminine; not masculine; not girlish: as, womanly behavior.
  • Synonyms Womanish, Ladylike, etc. See feminine.
  • In the manner of a woman.

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

  • adj. befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman


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woman +‎ -ly


  • It could be part culture that being womanly is being pleasant and agreeable.

    A Kuranian Take on the Religious Gender Gap, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • I call womanly; it was not like Ethelbertha at all.

    Three Men on the Bummel

  • Study, exercise, housework, and many wholesome pleasures kept her a happy, hearty creature, yearly growing in womanly graces, yet always preserving the innocent freshness girls lose so soon when too early set upon the world's stage and given a part to play.

    Rose in Bloom

  • What you call womanly honor I have been taught to hold as sacred as you yourself, and

    Serapis — Volume 06

  • What you call womanly honor I have been taught to hold as sacred as you yourself, and I have kept it as untainted as any girl living.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Georg Ebers Works

  • She's not what I call womanly, and I hate these unsexed females. "

    The Simpkins Plot

  • "That girl, whom I so loved, whom I treated as my child, who was to me an image of what they call womanly purity, throws herself away upon my most detested enemy, a loathsome corpse, whose body, soul, and spirit had already decayed.

    Debts of Honor

  • Young Gulick had soon decided that Susan was the stronger -- therefore, the less "womanly" -- of the two girls, and must be the evil influence over her whom he had appeared just in time to save.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume I

  • The explanation of her strange aberration, which will be doubted or secretly condemned by every woman of the sheltered classes who loves her dependence and seeks to disguise it as something sweet and fine and "womanly" -- the explanation of her almost insane act of renunciation of all that a lady holds most dear is simple enough, puzzling though she found it.

    The Price She Paid

  • "Now, you are what I would call womanly -- the womanliest woman I've ever known."

    The Pit: A Story of Chicago


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