kit·​ten·​ish | \ ˈkit-nish, ˈki-tᵊn-ish How to pronounce kittenish (audio) \

Definition of kittenish

: resembling a kitten especially : coyly playful

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Other Words from kittenish

kittenishly adverb
kittenishness noun

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  • uncoy
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Examples of kittenish in a Sentence

the days when young ladies at a dance were supposed to be kittenish around young men
Recent Examples on the Web In her videos, Morgan combines lighthearted, kittenish pep talk with nimble self-promotion, often delivered while reclining on a chaise longue, Cleopatra-style. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How Cameo Blew Up During Quarantine," 15 Sep. 2020 To augment the buoyant mane maneuver, Grande opted for a swing of black eyeliner, the kittenish flick coupled with lush black lashes and a dusting of frosty, shimmering shadow and diamante earrings. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Does Ariana Grande Have a New Beauty Signature? The VMAs Seem to Say So," 31 Aug. 2020 Human beings are beguiled by the mysterious aloofness of cats; their prowess as hunters; their sensuous, sculpted bodies; their elegant, acrobatic grace and agility; their kittenish curiosity and mischief; and their regal dignity. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our beloved pets leave paw prints on our hearts," 21 Sep. 2019 Note the unsurpassed sophistication of Feuillère’s elegant presence, her inspirational teaching of Racine, Corneille, and Watteau that sparks her infatuated pupils and Simon’s kittenish sensuality, which compels yet disturbs them. Armond White, National Review, "The Vintage French Film Olivia Bests Today’s #Resistance Filmmakers," 21 Aug. 2019 As an example, consider the cat-eye—and Behati Prinsloo's recent refresh of the kittenish flick. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo Has the Simplest Trick for Cool-Girl Eyeliner," 6 June 2019 But rather than relying on tiered lengths alone, Hadid opted to round out the moment with a brow-reaching bang—all the better to frame lash-heavy eyes finished in a kittenish flick of liner. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Got Bangs—And They’re a Bombshell Win," 19 Oct. 2018 Rather than opting for a kittenish flick of liner or a fire-engine shade of crimson lipstick, Chopra went for a soft bordeaux stain diffused at the edges that played up her pillowy mouth, while promising to require little maintenance. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Has the Perfect Lipstick for a Night Out with Nick Jonas," 13 June 2018 Test Drive the New Cat Eye While wings of onyx make for a kittenish quality, this season’s extended eyes were designed with a wildcat in mind. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "5 Scene-Stealing Beauty Lessons From Couture Fashion Week," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of kittenish

1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Kittenish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kittenish

: cute and playful in a way that attracts attention

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