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 Their wardrobes reflected that idea by taking on a girlish spin. Marlen Komar, Time, "Tights Are Now a Fall Fashion Staple—But They Were Once a Revolutionary Style Statement," 20 Sep. 2019 Her voice is slight, girlish, a bad fit for the high-rise sweater, the . . Rachel Rosenblit, Washington Post, "You’ve read ‘Woman in the Window,’ and you’re ready to see the movie. So where is it?," 20 Aug. 2019 At her recent panel appearance alongside Shonda Rhimes, which was focused on issues surrounding young female empowerment, SZA appropriately brought a girlish touch to her look. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "SZA Expertly Pulls Off a Tricky Style Combination—A Bucket Hat and Heels," 10 Oct. 2018 CC Weatherly plays Monroe mostly using the actress' signature girlish voice as she's called ugly names by the hospital's all-black-clad staff. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Dallas theater festival deals with mental illness and other issues facing us in these anxious times," 18 July 2019 Taking cues from menswear—but with a girlish slant—were French First Lady Brigitte Macron, Emily Ratajkowski, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, all of whom offset skinny jeans and minidresses with masculine blazers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "These Celebs Nailed the Art of Airport Style This Year," 28 Nov. 2018 But those giant bows, unabashedly girlish, become wing-like on the models walking down the catwalk in flowing gowns. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kate Middleton Bow is Getting Supersized at Couture," 22 Jan. 2019 Hill’s latest look once again adds an unexpected twist to an otherwise girlish white tulle skirt. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Only Lauryn Hill Could Make a Big Tulle Skirt and Cowboy Hat Work Together," 23 July 2018 The Ctrl singer-songwriter seems to understand, though, that the real fun isn’t in just donning a girlish dress one day and a pair of sweatpants the next. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "SZA Expertly Pulls Off a Tricky Style Combination—A Bucket Hat and Heels," 10 Oct. 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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Cite this Entry

“Girlish.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for girlish


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

Kids Definition of girlish

: having the characteristics of a girl

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