wom·​an·​ly | \ ˈwu̇-mən-lē How to pronounce womanly (audio) \

Definition of womanly

1 : having qualities traditionally associated with a woman
2 : appropriate in character to a woman

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Examples of womanly in a Sentence

She gave off a womanly radiance. the novelist displays a womanly sensitivity to the characters' feelings
Recent Examples on the Web Reddy sings of determination and steadfastness as womanly virtues, getting stronger as women overcome daily changes. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2021 But Pankhurst had long since dispensed with a womanly need for approbation. Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2020 Now acting as the mother to the collective unborn, other womanly duties followed. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 27 Aug. 2020 Whewell praised Somerville for applying her womanly art to the project of unifying the rapidly fragmenting sciences. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, 17 June 2020 Those pirates thrived under the protection of the island’s capricious sultana, cruel in her poverty, weakness, fearful isolation, and unnatural state of unmarried womanly rule. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2020 In fact, Barrie’s text sets her up as an aspirational womanly figure, positioning her against competing visions of womanhood in Tiger Lily, a Native American Neverland princess, and Tinker Bell, Peter’s fairy best friend. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 2 Mar. 2020 What better and more womanly way to invite such conversation than with fashion that sends a message?! Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Nov. 2019 Seemingly mesmerized by her own image, she is captured at the innocent early stages of preoccupation with womanly self-presentation and self-making. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of womanly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Womanly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womanly. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of womanly

: having or showing qualities (such as beauty or gentleness) that are expected in a woman


wom·​an·​ly | \ ˈwu̇-mən-lē How to pronounce womanly (audio) \

Kids Definition of womanly

: having the characteristics typical of a woman

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