girl·​ish ˈgər-lish How to pronounce girlish (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a girl or girlhood
girlishly adverb
girlishness noun

Examples of girlish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The presentation was a celebration of ethereal fabrics, and girlish elements: baby pink, gracefully adorned tulle pieces with floral print and 3D flower embellishments, reminiscent of a ballet performance. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 26 Jan. 2024 The best is the first, Christmas Past, represented by an ethereal, girlish creature who floats around gently, like dandelion fluff. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 Her hair was pulled into a half-up, half-down with another quintessentially Karl accessory: a girlish black bow. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 May 2023 Hair braided, girlish anticipation in the air. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, ELLE, 30 Dec. 2022 Claire Danes, who just announced her pregnancy with her third child, chose a fanciful Giambattista Valli frock with a girlish pink bow. Rory Satran, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2023 Artisans upcycle each piece–from lush oversized velvet cotton midi dresses to puffy taffeta gowns embellished with girlish bows. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2023 In director Sarah Rasmussen’s vibrant production of Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell’s musical, mounted in association with McCarter Theatre Center, the girlish Jane Doe has a creepy china-doll face. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2022 The film made a kind of noble last stand for the whole idea of squeaky-clean girlish goodness. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of girlish was in 1565

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“Girlish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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