from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of woman.

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

  • noun pl. of woman.

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  • noun Plural form of woman.


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From Old English wīfmenn, from wīf + menn.


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  • "Women" is the only word in English where "o" represents the "i" sound.

    December 27, 2006

  • Women upset everything. When you let them into your life, you find that the woman is driving at one thing and you're driving at another.

    -Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw

    (Disclaimer: PossibleUnderscore does not necessarily agree with opinions of George Bernard Shaw.)

    August 3, 2009

  • PU, there is no real reason to think this is Shaw's opinion. It's what his character Henry Higgins says, and I don't think the misogynistic Higgins is really Shaw's mouthpiece here. One should be careful when quoting from plays.

    Of course, this quote was the basis of Higgins's song "I'm an Ordinary Man" in the Lerner and Lowe musical My Fair Lady:

    Let a woman in your life and your serenity is through,

    she'll redecorate your home, from the cellar to the dome,

    and then go on to the enthralling fun of overhauling you...

    Let a woman in your life, and you're up against a wall,

    make a plan and you will find,

    that she has something else in mind,

    and so rather than do either you do something else that neither likes at all…

    August 3, 2009

  • Shaw is definitely not a misogynist; Higgins is the butt of Pygmalion.

    I wouldn't say, all the same, that a statement like "Women upset everything" is indicative of misogyny.

    August 4, 2009

  • Yeah, I probably should have said with what he writes. Thanks for pointing that out. :-)

    August 4, 2009