girl·​ish | \ ˈgər-lish How to pronounce girlish (audio) \

Definition of girlish

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a girl or girlhood

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Other Words from girlish

girlishly adverb
girlishness noun

Examples of girlish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our moles may darken, our voices deepen (as Kristen Bell’s did while recording Frozen, requiring her to go back after pregnancy and rerecord parts of the soundtrack in her normal girlish tones). Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 Philip was invited to spend Christmas with the royal family at Windsor Castle in 1943, and what might have been a girlish crush evolved into a full-fledged romance. Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times, "Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and closest confidant and advisor, dies at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 The dresses were colorful and girlish, featuring ruffles and polka dots and florals. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Shower Power: Revisiting Junya Watanabe’s Rain-Soaked Spring 2000 Collection," 1 Apr. 2021 And Ditlev isn’t above callously spoiling his lively, girlish wife’s moments of joy. Deborah Eisenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Awful But Joyful," 9 Mar. 2021 And while girlish youth and ingenuity are rewarded in some contexts, they’re also easily dismissed as silly and frivolous as soon as that girl strays too close to the sun — as Swift has experienced time and again. New York Times, "Taylor Swift and the Wisdom of Youth," 9 Mar. 2021 To be girlish is to be powerful because power is redefined. Washington Post, "The sound of a shifting power structure," 13 Jan. 2021 It is said that a donkey carried Francis up the mountainside at La Verna — hence Bellini’s donkey in the middle ground, with its sympathetic eyes and gangly, girlish legs. Washington Post, "The drama is in the details," 13 Jan. 2021 Santoshi looked on, slender arms folded, a spray of girlish freckles across her nose. Los Angeles Times, "The Nepalese man who came back from the dead," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of girlish

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of girlish was in 1565

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5 May 2021

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“Girlish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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girl·​ish | \ ˈgər-lish How to pronounce girlish (audio) \

Kids Definition of girlish

: having the characteristics of a girl

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