wom·​an·​ly ˈwu̇-mən-lē How to pronounce womanly (audio)
: having qualities traditionally associated with a woman
: appropriate in character to a woman

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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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of womanly was in the 13th century

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“Womanly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/womanly. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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wom·​an·​ly ˈwu̇m-ən-lē How to pronounce womanly (audio)
: marked by qualities generally associated with a woman

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