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Definition of mannish

1 : resembling or suggesting a man rather than a woman
2 : generally associated with or characteristic of a man rather than a woman her mannish clothes

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Other Words from mannish

mannishly adverb
mannishness noun

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Examples of mannish in a Sentence

She was wearing a hat and mannish clothing. She had a deep and rather mannish voice.
Recent Examples on the Web White suffragist suits were not only designed for starkness, but to emphasize femininity that many labeled suffragists as devoid of, undercutting them as mannish and ugly. Ko Bragg, USA TODAY, "First came suffrage. Then came the Women of the Ku Klux Klan.," 5 Jan. 2021 For all its agonies, madness awakens in its sufferers the gift of fairy sight, access to those deepest truths covered up by centuries of mannish toil and industry. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The Madness of Susanna Clarke, Fairy Princess," 21 Sep. 2020 High-necked blouses were paired with prim midiskirts and mannish jackets for a look that’s a little Left Bank meets SoHo. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“You Feel Powerful”: Victoria Beckham Discusses her Spring 2020 Collection," 19 Sep. 2019 Sharon Tal, one of two creative directors at the 65-year-old brand, did a stint as head of embroidery at Alexander McQueen, and her artful handiwork was evident in Maskit’s Fall lineup, which featured robe coats and loose, mannish suits. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "At Tel Aviv Fashion Week: Celeb-Beloved Designers, Young Talents, and Diverse Runways," 21 Mar. 2019 Beckham has often played with menswear, offsetting tuxedo jackets with Elizabethan blouses or cutting traditionally mannish wools in more fitted silhouettes. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Suits Up After the Royal Wedding," 22 May 2018 Beckham’s mannish blazer gained a feminine line thanks to a waist-cinching belt and the silhouette worked nicely with skinny trousers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Puts Her Twist On “Le Smoking”," 12 June 2018 Stylish — yes, but in her opinion, her jaw gave her face a mannish air. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Meghan Markle isn't the first American to marry a British royal. Meet Baltimore's Wallis Simpson.," 16 May 2018 Weirdly, Helen takes her up on the offer, leaving the body for someone else to worry about and trading her own mannish wardrobe for Mary's posh togs. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ray Meets Helen': Film Review," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of mannish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mannish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mannish

: suitable for or typical of a man rather than a woman : not feminine

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