Definition of womanly in English:



  • 1Relating to or having the characteristics of a woman or women.

    ‘her smooth, womanly skin’
    • ‘This is the starting point for a barrowload of stereotypes about feminine sensitivity and womanly feeling to be wheeled out into the courtroom, and indeed the media.’
    • ‘But in context virile and manly are always distinguished from servile or slavish; Tocqueville does not explicitly or implicitly contrast them to feminine or womanly.’
    • ‘But, again, I'll leave the matter of Maryland's manly deeds and womanly words - fatti maschii, parole femine - to the mercy of others.’
    • ‘This game of guile has the womanly characteristic of dangerous beauty.’
    • ‘Micheaux uses contemporaneous notions of gender as a way of naturalizing positive and negative character qualities as manly or unmanly, womanly or unwomanly.’
    • ‘While male kings did so by emulating such male gendered qualities as martial skills and leadership ability, female kings had to emulate womanly qualities.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the Scottish curlers had succeeded by deploying the ‘traditional womanly virtues of patience, lower lip-biting and sweeping’.’
    • ‘They don't have that inner womanly beauty that used to come from the softness and dignity that used to make woman so attractive.’
    • ‘Nobody - I mean nobody - should play witness to my usually repressed womanly scream at that hour of the day, most especially half-awake commuters.’
    • ‘Proving that being a feminist doesn't mean neglecting the womanly arts, the banner behind us was one I made earlier.’
    • ‘In reference to women, however, and particularly in this scene, the moon also symbolises womanly beauty and is associated with the female principle yin.’
    • ‘He was less concerned with womanly beauty than with the moral beauty of womanhood in its embodiment as faithful lover, wife and mother.’
    • ‘Everyone in her family smoked, and to young Marcheela it was elegant and womanly to sit, her legs crossed, with that thin white cylinder between her fingers, blowing rings of smoke.’
    • ‘Thus, they would criticise the Queen's feminine irresolution, female fickleness and womanly compassion towards papists and traitors.’
    • ‘The kitten heel offers both feminine grace and womanly comfort, as do ballet flats.’
    • ‘As women entered the retail workforce, authorities identified ideal characteristics of the new retail system as womanly.’
    • ‘‘The doctor asked me if I wanted a pill that would still let me have ‘periods’, and I said I would - somehow it kept me feeling womanly,’ she says.’
    • ‘The literal translation is Manly deeds, womanly words or Deeds are male, words are female.’
    • ‘As an example of womanly evil, she is criticised; the female sexuality that causes these perceptions remains the foundation for both her good and her evil.’
    • ‘It all made me start thinking about my days in Home Economics class with Mrs. B. To say that I was an unlikely candidate to excel in the womanly arts epitomizes the concept of understatement.’
    feminine, female
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    1. 1.1 (of a girl's or woman's body) fully developed and curvaceous.
      ‘I've got a womanly figure’
      • ‘Curvaceous, decidedly feminine and womanly I would say, rather than waifish and childlike.’
      • ‘But I must admit there are times that I wished I looked a bit more womanly than teenageish.’
      • ‘I have seen these things before and recognize a couple features - the simple, childlike head (pigtailed here) atop a womanly body.’
      • ‘She giggled in a girlish sort of way completely contradictory to her very womanly body.’
      • ‘And we were as delighted as she was when she stretched that t shirt over her womanly form and paraded round in front of the camera for us…’
      • ‘There came a feminine voice was feminine, soft and womanly.’
      • ‘Lately I had noticed that my figure was developing more into a womanly figure.’
      • ‘Mother is ripe, full-breasted, at the peak of her womanly powers.’
      • ‘School uniforms tend to hide all those womanly curves!’
      • ‘You realise that you have a body shape emerging - womanly curves and things - and that clothes fit nicely around them.’
      • ‘She was small, without much of a womanly body, and only looked to be her age.’
      • ‘She certainly had grown a lot, her body had grown womanly curves, and she was no longer childlike in appearance, but that of a sophisticated and strikingly beautiful young woman.’
      • ‘Not very PC, I know, but if you'd spent your whole life wishing you had womanly curves up top as opposed to just down below, you'd understand.’
      • ‘Although she is prone to gain weight over her lifetime, at this point she doesn't have a ‘pot belly’ or ‘love handles,’ just nice womanly curves!’
      • ‘But there was one - an older girl with womanly hips and breasts, and lips as full as Alice's.’
      • ‘But the woman is more than normally apprehensive… her daughter has a brain injury that has left her unusually childlike, even in her mature young womanly body.’
      • ‘It felt great on her body, fit the womanly curves perfectly.’
      • ‘A skimpy black dress hugs her shapely womanly figure with matching ankle-high black boots.’
      • ‘Only when I became a mother did I come to appreciate my womanly body.’
      • ‘Plus she had the most fantastic body: curvaceous, womanly, and with wonderful glorious breasts that I found mesmerizing.’
      voluptuous, curvaceous, shapely, ample, opulent, full-figured, well formed, well proportioned, junoesque, rubensesque, buxom, full-bosomed, lush, luscious
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