la·​dy·​like | \ ˈlā-dē-ˌlīk How to pronounce ladylike (audio) \

Definition of ladylike

1 : becoming or suitable to a lady
2 : resembling a lady in appearance or manners : well-bred
3a : 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

encouraging young women to be more ladylike
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First Known Use of ladylike

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Ladylike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ladylike

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


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Kids Definition of ladylike

: 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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