wom·​an·​ish ˈwu̇-mə-nish How to pronounce womanish (audio)
: associated with or characteristic of women rather than men
: suggestive of a weak character : effeminate
womanish fears
womanishly adverb
womanishness noun

Examples of womanish in a Sentence

such displays of emotion were once considered womanish and unseemly for a man she had a womanish gentleness, especially when dealing with children, that he loved
Recent Examples on the Web And then there’s Trump’s temperament, which is, and not to be a traitor to my sex, on the womanish side. Lili Anolik, Vanities, 19 June 2017

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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 womanish was in the 14th century

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“Womanish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womanish. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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wom·​an·​ish ˈwu̇m-ə-nish How to pronounce womanish (audio)
: associated with or characteristic of women

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