womanly

adjective
wom·​an·​ly | \ˈwu̇-mən-lē \

Definition of womanly 

1 : having qualities generally associated with a woman

2 : appropriate in character to a woman

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Other Words from womanly

womanliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for womanly

Synonyms

female, feminine, womanish, womanlike

Antonyms

unfeminine, unwomanly

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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

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Retro ’40s and ’50s styles are more flattering on womanly figures. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Burlesque star Dita Von Teese can’t stop, won’t stop," 7 June 2018 For passing on the legendary skill of the bend-and snap Elle happily shares the secrets to her womanly charms with the entire salon. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "10 Reasons We Love Legally Blonde," 6 June 2018 Ironic, because many of the artist’s celebrated features, such as her womanly figure and defining dark brown unibrow, were erased. Kate Branch, Vogue, "How America’s Favorite Doll Created a Beauty Complex," 27 Apr. 2018 Shallow white lines branched out like riverways from my sternum along the inside of my cleavage — skin desperately trying to keep up with my new womanly figure, which would eventually stretch to reveal curvy hips and D cups. Loren Savini, Allure, "How I Learned to Love My Stretch Marks," 17 Jan. 2018 In Burton’s exquisitely constructed ruffles and frills, Lykke and Teske projected womanly grace and sensuality—welcome traits on any runway. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Alexander McQueen Just Put Two Stunning Curve Models on the Runway," 2 Oct. 2017 Many of the newest iterations are seamed to accentuate the body, providing a womanly shapeliness in place of utilitarian boxiness. Alev Aktar, WSJ, "Is a $5,930 Puffer Coat Sexier Than a $200 One?," 28 Sep. 2017 Additionally, all three women have beautiful and powerful singing voices, which help portray their womanly strength. Natalie Teuton, Orange County Register, "Yorba Linda’s ‘9 to 5’ shines like the sun," 31 Mar. 2017 Rachel Feinstein in a beaded L'Wren Scott cocktail dress that held everything on her womanly curves right where it was supposed to be? Derek Blasberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Dressed: Emma Stone in Armani, Michelle Williams in Dior, Plus More!," 14 Oct. 2011

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First Known Use of womanly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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womanly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of womanly

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

womanly

adjective
wom·​an·​ly | \ˈwu̇-mən-lē \

Kids Definition of womanly

: having the characteristics typical of a woman

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