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 Voglerb : lacking in strength, force, or virility
Examples of ladylike in a Sentence
encouraging young women to be more ladylike
Recent Examples of ladylike from the Web
Wearing a ladylike blue suit, Clark, who recently moved to New Orleans from New York, looked positively tame next to a small patron who dolled herself up in a pink wig and tiered cake dress.
This isn't Middleton's first time tiptoeing the fine line between provocative and ladylike with her Wimbledon wardrobe.
Because apparently normal robes are just too ladylike for true dudes.
Her optic-white stilettos were a ladylike counterpoint to her husband's optic white kicks.
Cotillard has traded in her ladylike aesthetic for an edgier vibe and embraced a variety of up-and-coming designers on the step-and-repeat.
Athletic cuts, tennis pleats and racer necklines make otherwise ladylike silhouettes right for summer.
The Flight of Passage seating is just, well, not very ladylike.
Bruno says one was more hard-hitting and energetic while the other was more elegant and ladylike, but both were good cha cha.
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First Known Use of ladylike
LADYLIKE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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