ladylike

adjective la·dy·like \ ˈlā-dē-ˌlīk \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ladylike

1 : becoming or suitable to a lady
2 : resembling a lady in appearance or manners : well-bred
3 a : feeling or showing too much concern about elegance or propriety
  • ladylike embarrassment at not being the wife of a real doctor
  • —Lewis Vogler
b : lacking in strength, force, or virility

Examples of ladylike in a Sentence

  1. encouraging young women to be more ladylike

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First Known Use of ladylike

1534


LADYLIKE Defined for English Language Learners

ladylike

adjective

Definition of ladylike for English Language Learners

  • : polite and quiet in a way that has traditionally been considered suited to a woman


LADYLIKE Defined for Kids

ladylike

adjective la·dy·like \ ˈlā-dē-ˌlīk \

Definition of ladylike for Students

: suitable to a woman or girl who behaves in a polite way
  • It was not ladylike to yell like that.
  • —Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

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