womanly, womanish
Womanly is a complimentary word applied to women and meaning ‘having the good qualities of women’, whereas womanish is applied to men and is usually derogatory in the sense ‘effeminate, unmanly’. See also female, feminine.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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(in a bad sense),

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  • Womanish — Wom an*ish, a. Suitable to a woman, having the qualities of a woman; effeminate; not becoming a man; usually in a reproachful sense. See the Note under {Effeminate}. Thy tears are womanish. Shak. Womanish entreaties. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • womanish — womanlike, womanly, ladylike, feminine, *female, effeminate Antonyms: mannish Contrasted words: manlike, virile, masculine, manly, *male …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • womanish — ► ADJECTIVE derogatory 1) suitable for or characteristic of a woman. 2) (of a man) effeminate …   English terms dictionary

  • womanish — [woom′ənish] adj. like, characteristic of, or suitable to a woman; feminine or effeminate SYN. FEMALE womanishly adv. womanishness n …   English World dictionary

  • womanish — adjective Date: 14th century 1. associated with or characteristic of women rather than men 2. suggestive of a weak character ; effeminate < womanish fears > • womanishly adverb • womanishness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • womanish — Synonyms and related words: breakable, brittle, cheap jack, chicken, cobwebby, crumbly, dainty, delicate, delicately weak, distaff, effeminate, female, feminine, flimsy, fragile, frail, frangible, gentlewomanlike, gimcrack, gimcracky, girlish,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • womanish — wom|an|ish [ˈwumənıʃ] adj a womanish man looks or behaves in a way that is thought to be typical of women →↑mannish …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • womanish — adjective a womanish man looks or behaves in a way that is supposed to be typical of women …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • womanish — adjective Andrew s first stage role was that of a womanish baker from Brooklyn Syn: effeminate, girlish, girly, unmanly, unmasculine, epicene Ant: manly …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • womanish — womanishly, adv. womanishness, n. /woom euh nish/, adj. 1. womanlike or feminine. 2. weakly feminine; effeminate. [1325 75; ME; see WOMAN, ISH1] Syn. 2. See womanly. * * * …   Universalium

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