man·nish | \ˈma-nish \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for mannish


male, man-size (or man-sized), manly, masculine, virile


unmanly, unmasculine

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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.

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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 The younger woman, watching the older, is proud and confident (and also slightly mannish). Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Grant Wood at the Whitney Both Thrills and Disappoints," 15 Mar. 2018 Her mannish mixed-print shirt was a cool foil to her ladylike split skirt. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora Debuts a New Look in Prada's Front Row," 23 Feb. 2018 The outfits were finished off with mannish brogue shoes or furry flat slippers. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "London fashion: Ruffles at Rocha, rich colors at Conran," 17 Feb. 2018 Obama took a similar approach to her beachwear, which felt like a modern version of Jackie Kennedy's effortless beach style: distressed denim cutoffs, a mannish button-down, and a coordinating white bikini. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Is the Ultimate Wardrobe Repeater — Even on Vacation," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mannish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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