Definition of mannish in English:

mannish

adjective

derogatory
  • (of a woman) having characteristics that are stereotypically associated with men and can be considered unbecoming in a woman.

    • ‘Perhaps those experiences normalised the wearing of mannish jackets for women as much as the influence of couture.’
    • ‘At the time, a group of us used to dress in mannish suits as a homage to Frida.’
    • ‘Charlotte Gainsbourg, who carries so well the mannish shirt mantle passed down by her mother Jane Birkin, works the look perfectly.’
    • ‘The main female character in this tale is stocky and mannish (with a little mustache) and carries pimple medicine in her knapsack.’
    • ‘While her performance is deft and provocative, her mannish appearance is so off-putting that it's tough to imagine two men being so worked up over her they'd risk everything to have her.’
    • ‘I expect Kylie would look quite fetching in any part of the collection, however, particularly in comparison with some mannish catwalk models.’
    • ‘There are things that I like about being a woman that I wouldn't give up just to be considered more mannish.’
    • ‘‘I'm sure that young man will be very grateful once this is all said and done,’ the woman informed Elle, in a rather mannish voice.’
    • ‘In Arzner's subtly altered version, Rosalind Russell's obsessive Harriet is a chilling yet mesmerising figure, and in low-angle shots and mannish attire, looms as majestic and vengeful as a modern-day Medea.’
    • ‘The seventh member of the chorus, a wide shouldered, mannish, strong woman with steel gray eyes, took her place.’
    • ‘Yes, tomboyish girls are cute, but isn't it an insult to call a woman mannish?’
    • ‘In her mannish trousers and mane of golden red hair, Hepburn strode through her life with a passion, devoting 25 years to Spencer Tracy and moving on through all the long hours since his death.’
    • ‘She was very mannish, and what we were taught was that those masculine traits were evil - and that her evil was somehow infectious.’
    • ‘If you wear mannish trousers, a coat with flared skirt will look too feminine.’
    • ‘Painted on small pieces of canvas board in the manner of a nearly competent illustrator, they feature a hard-boiled dame with a mannish haircut, very possibly the artist's image of herself.’
    • ‘The grey slouch pants are mannish in wide cut, yet here are styled to retain a feminine appealing look.’
    • ‘Innocent blondes, corrupted by wolfish brunettes with mannish haircuts and tight, tight sweaters, stare wide-eyed at the reader.’
    • ‘For six years, they had worn the square, mannish fashions the desperate times required - and they had had enough.’
    • ‘They are mostly oversized double-breasted jackets, almost-baggy trousers and mannish topcoats.’
    • ‘Ranging from obese and untalented to anorexic and untalented to mannish and untalented, these actresses represent every image any man has ever thought of to keep himself from getting aroused.’
    manlike, masculine, unfeminine, unwomanly, unladylike, amazonian
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Origin

Old English mennisc ‘human’ (see man, -ish). The current sense dates from late Middle English.

Pronunciation

mannish

/ˈmaniSH//ˈmænɪʃ/