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womanly

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adjective wom·an·ly \-lē\

Simple Definition of womanly

  • : having or showing qualities (such as beauty or gentleness) that are expected in a woman

Full Definition of womanly

  1. 1 :  having qualities generally associated with a woman

  2. 2 :  appropriate in character to a woman

wom·an·li·ness noun

Examples of womanly

  1. She gave off a womanly radiance.

  2. <the novelist displays a womanly sensitivity to the characters' feelings>



13th Century

First Known Use of womanly

13th century


WOMANLY Defined for Kids

womanly

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adjective wom·an·ly \ˈwu̇-mən-lē\

Definition of womanly

  1. :  having the characteristics typical of a woman





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