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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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 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

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First Known Use of girlish

1565, in the meaning defined above

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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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