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

Definition of womanly

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

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womanliness noun

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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 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, "Just Use Your Thinking Pump!," 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, "‘The King at the Edge of the World,’ by Arthur Phillips: An Excerpt," 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, "Wendy Reveals A Dark Truth About The Peter Pan Story," 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, "Jennifer Nettles Fights for Gender Equality in Music with Her Christian Siriano Suit," 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, "Abigail Heyman’s Groundbreaking Images of Women’s Lives," 1 Nov. 2019 The message: Be more womanly and put on a longer skirt. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "How the Midi Skirt Vanquished the Mini Skirt," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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