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

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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 The collection, a group of 10 pieces with the label’s signature girlish charm, was on view for guests including Zosia Mamet, Patricia Herrera Lansing, and Zani Gugelmann. Vogue, "Veronica Beard and Shopbop Celebrate Their Capsule Collection," 26 Apr. 2018 Some of it came naturally to her—the lispy, German-accented voice, smooth and even girlish in these films. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "‘Dietrich & Von Sternberg in Hollywood’ Review: Mining Cinema’s Golden Age," 16 July 2018 Typically, full lean-in would have meant a touch of bronzer, highlighter, or an otherwise naked complexion, but Newton's swirl of pink blush added a decidedly girlish feel to it which read buoyant and playful rather than full-on vamp. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Thandie Newton Puts a Springtime Spin on Femme Fatale Beauty," 14 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce girlish (audio) \

Kids Definition of girlish

: having the characteristics of a girl

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