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

Definition of girlish

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

Other Words from girlish

girlishly adverb
girlishness noun

Examples of girlish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her clothes fit well enough, though the slacks looked girlish around the hips. Ian Mcewan, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Her onetime beauty-queen mother, Nela (Danica Čurčić), who beneath her serene veneer trembles with girlish excitement over the upcoming festivities, advises patience. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Makeup artist Tyron Machhausen completed the color story with a bright, girlish blush and pinkish red lipstick, framed by bouncy curls courtesy of hair stylist Tommy Buckett. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 6 July 2022 Jaiani, matured, is no less magical as the still-girlish Kitri. Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune, 3 June 2022 The set, worn first by Adut Akech, was paired with knee-high wool socks, a long white scarf, and black Mary Jane flats—pieces that played up the brand’s girlish aesthetic. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 10 May 2022 Her Fanny Brice lands at a lower altitude, though: both funny and girlish but never really grand. Leah Greenblatt,, 25 Apr. 2022 Kateryna, pale-faced and with a girlish side-braid in her hair, even seemed to take some pleasure in it, often pulling out her phone to show a picture of this or that calamity. The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2022 Although Mace doesn’t want to mess up the friendship, her resistance lasts about a minute, which undercuts the main character by putting girlish vulnerability in the way of her professional instincts. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of girlish

1565, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Girlish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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