kit·​ten·​ish | \ˈkit-nish, ˈki-tᵊn-ish\

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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coy, demure



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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

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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 The Gallic chapeau was a statement in and of itself, but also showcased her dramatic cut-crease gaze, with kittenish flicks of black eyeliner and lids swathed in pastel blue pigment. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Rock Star Wife's Bridal Beauty Set the Bar for a City Hall Ceremony," 21 Jan. 2018 Whereas the red had demanded a bit of extra attention, the subtler option served to put the focus on framing details, with the kittenish flick of black liner and polished caramel lengths taking center stage. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jessica Alba’s Lipstick Switch is the Ultimate Date Night Trick," 17 Aug. 2017 Despite the serious nature of her work, Neshat has a kittenish demeanor, and punctuates her measured sentences with soft laughter. Charlotte Cowles, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fabulous at Every Age: Shirin Neshat, 50s," 12 Mar. 2015 And for Yara Shahidi, the kittenish flick took on new guise: the actress shared a self-portrait that used her black liquid liner to Picasso-esque—and infinitely relatable—effect. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams: Kendall Jenner Masters a Parisian Pout and More!," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of kittenish

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kittenish was in 1753

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English Language Learners Definition of kittenish

: cute and playful in a way that attracts attention

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playful or foolish behavior

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