American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characteristic of or befitting a girl: girlish charm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like or befitting a girl; characteristic of girls.
- Pertaining to the youth of a woman.
- adj. like a girl
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like, or characteristic of, a girl; of or pertaining to girlhood; innocent; artless; immature; weak.
- adj. befitting or characteristic of a young girl
- girl + -ish (Wiktionary)
“So, in girlish romance and sudden resolution, the little maids sealed a compact which was never broken, and began a friendship which lasted and grew in beauty and strength all through their lives.”
“I hardly knew whether she would refuse it, or burst out crying – in girlish fashion.”
“It was a relief to her, to leave that sunny little island where she had been for her holiday in girlish days; a relief to go among strange mountains, where, - as in the calm world to come, - there should be "no more sea;" where she could not daily behold those restless waves; whose vain change of light and shade, of storm and fair weather, gave her back incessantly one single picture, of the yacht by moonlight, with David Stuart clasping her in his arms, while the heavy brig was passing which had nearly run them down.”
“It also tends to look dainty and girlish, which is perhaps why Cheryl kept asking Cristian during practice why he looked so feminine.”
“And Father would call it girlish nonsense, especially when nothing at all happens afterward.”
“Marie Laurencin concerns herself chiefly with the idea of girlish youth, young girls gazing toward each other with fans spread or folded, and fine braids of hair tied gently with pale cerise or pale blue ribbon, and a pearl-like hush of quietude hovers over them.”
“His features were cast in a delicate mold, pretty enough almost to be called girlish, yet with a firm squareness of chin distinctly masculine.”
“She's hardly even what you'd call "girlish": she's no-nonsense, logical and plain-speaking.”
“I can vividly recall her girlish squeals of delight over having met the band back in the 70s, her walls covered with album covers and posters, and how she listened to them endlessly.”
“Being emotional or caring too much about clothes or liking to dance are reasons that boys give for describing someone as "girlish," she says.”
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