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 Keeler is a period curiosity, with a girlish voice and tiny feet that jackhammer the floor. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Escape With Me Into the Trippy World of 1930s Musicals," 22 Apr. 2020 Julianna Emanski’s Amor sounded too little-girlish, and similarly underpowered. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Orchestra of New Spain presents a vividly staged zarzuela, but the singing disappointed," 22 Feb. 2020 But while that excursion’s outfit had a girlish and bohemian look, yesterday’s ensemble was firmly rooted in vintage vibes. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson’s Supermarket Style: Gucci, Gucci, Gucci," 27 Aug. 2018 But his voice is nimble, a deep outer-borough croak that is a register or two away from demonic, before bursting into a girlish giggle. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Pete Davidson’s New Special Seems Like It Could Use a Hug," 26 Feb. 2020 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

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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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“Girlish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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