AskDefine | Define womanishness

The Collaborative Dictionary

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 voice not soft, weak, piping, and womanish, but audible, strong, and manlike. --Ascham. [1913 Webster] -- Wom"an*ish*ly, adv. -- Wom"an*ish*ness, n. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

womanishness n : the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man) [syn: effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, unmanliness]
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