man·​nish ˈma-nish How to pronounce mannish (audio)
: resembling or suggesting a man rather than a woman
: generally associated with or characteristic of a man rather than a woman
her mannish clothes
mannishly adverb
mannishness noun

Examples of mannish in a Sentence

She was wearing a hat and mannish clothing. She had a deep and rather mannish voice.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mannish was in the 14th century

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“Mannish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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man·​nish ˈman-ish How to pronounce mannish (audio)
: resembling, suggesting, suitable to, or characteristic of a man rather than a woman
a mannish voice
her mannish clothes
mannishly adverb
mannishness noun

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