Definition of womanish in US English:



  • 1Suitable for or characteristic of a woman.

    ‘she liked womanish things, like dresses and dances’
    • ‘People would assume you were womanish or weak or something, and they would try to cow you down, and to abuse you.’
    • ‘In Storr's catalogue essay, we hear precursors of such comments across 18 centuries from writers who condemned decadent foreign influences, womanish decoration and blatant artificiality.’
    • ‘‘Believe it or not, I was once your age,’ a portly store manager chimed as he passed our womanish giggle-fest.’
    • ‘He may not always be ‘mannish’; in fact, he may be downright womanish (the sting of this repeated accusation in the Western is that it is usually true), but he will be doing what a man does.’
    • ‘We were neither of us womanish, and despite his proclivity to wear clothes dangerously close to the dandy set he was a hard sportsman.’
    • ‘The Africans, on the other hand, let their hair go nappy-kink, and some came to class in their national costumes, the little box hats and long robes of bright colors looking both solemn and womanish.’
    1. 1.1 (of a man) effeminate; unmanly.
      ‘Burden thought him a weak womanish fool’
      • ‘Cesario, of course, looks like a very womanish man, since he is actually a woman.’
      • ‘In early vase-painting, Greek men are depicted ‘black-figure’, symbolic of their darker skin, while women (and womanish men) are shown pale and white.’
      • ‘It would destroy all my pre-conceived notions of man's supremacy of the natural status accorded to him, and I should opt to think that the men who listened were more womanish than the preacher.’
      • ‘This was the moment we had all been waiting for, and yet most of us - including myself and several other men - screamed and spilled our drinks in womanish fright.’
      • ‘‘And different gender folks too,’ shouts one womanish looking man in a cutoff shirt.’
      • ‘The elders and rulers of the village met to determine the punishment for such insurrection, and Okonkwo was disgusted to see that the men of Mbanta were so womanish that they would not declare war against the Christians.’
      effeminate, effete, unmanly, unmasculine, girlish, namby-pamby
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