girl·ish | \ˈgər-lish \

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

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But unlike the royals, who offset their girlish skirts with simple tops, Beckham doubled down on the feminine factor through a pretty palette from top to bottom. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Wears the Season’s Trickiest Dress Length and Wins," 19 June 2018 Her striped shirt recalled the styles sold at Jermyn Street shirtmakers, while the fluid trousers were an elegant and girlish foil. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Make Their First Solo Outing at the Wimbledon’s Women’s Final—In Two Very Different Looks," 14 July 2018 In early June, the tiny Mayan woman with a girlish voice took the stand in a federal courtroom in El Paso and told her story. NBC News, "Separated from son, one migrant mom takes on the feds," 7 July 2018 Unlike Lanvin’s kiddie couture, the mommy-and-me looks of the 1940s and ’50s were decidedly girlish, emphasizing the mother’s youthfulness rather than the daughter’s maturity. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "The Curious History of Mommy-and-Me Fashion," 13 May 2018 Some girlish giggles and a gauzy tangle of female flesh; an unlaced bodice; a puddle of lingerie. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Little Women’ Review: Big Problems," 10 May 2018 Turlington takes what could be an off-the-shelf, kewpie-doll-with-a-heart-of-ice role and shows us the girlish romantic yearnings that haven’t quite been squashed by living in a miserable flat where, when things break, they can’t be replaced. Kerry Reid,, "Kokandy stages a jazzy, grand musical farewell in the Berlin-set 'Grand Hotel'," 24 Apr. 2018 Once again, Kawakubo used free-form methods of construction — assembling layers of fabrics like a giant stack of crepes, for example, or embedding what looked like a portion of a girlish party dress into one of the sculptural shapes. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Camp vs. Classicism," 4 Mar. 2018 Her voice can be a girlish tease or a grunge scream, with its volatility matched by Ms. Laferte’s flamboyantly theatrical stage presence. The New York Times, New York Times, "22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts, Dances and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring," 20 Feb. 2018

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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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girl·ish | \ˈgər-lish \

Kids Definition of girlish

: having the characteristics of a girl

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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