American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or suitable for a maiden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. Of or pertaining to a maiden.
- adj. Suitable for, or befitting a maiden.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a maid; suiting a maid; maiden-like; gentle, modest, reserved.
- adv. In a maidenlike manner.
- adj. befitting or characteristic of a maiden
- maiden + -ly (Wiktionary)
“We see, then, that pre-conjugal chastity and also a "maidenly" reserve and bashfulness are, when monosexual dominance prevails, displayed only by members of the subject sex.”
“Perhaps she had not that kind of maidenly shyness, sometimes called conventional propriety, sometimes described as 'mauvaise honte' which a woman of the world would have shown.”
“Pentfield wrote back heartily, laughing at her fears, which he took to be the mere physical ones of danger and hardship rather than those bred of maidenly reserve.”
“Her face went white on the instant, not from maidenly embarrassment, but from the anger which he could see flaming in her eyes.”
“Here from my window in my tower, I see the maidenly birches in their bridal veils against the dark pine wood -- there is nothing like the birch in the spring.”
“Yes, and her face was storm-bright, and all of her was very proud, save that her eyes were warm and soft and fluttered with lids that just would flutter maidenly and womanly.”
“Soft flesh, a few maidenly whimpers, and boom, the itch is scratched.”
“Her pity could not be of the common sort, when the man who drew it was so much man as to shock her with maidenly fears and set her mind and pulse thrilling with strange thoughts and feelings.”
“Never divining Joan's fluttering wildness, her blind hatred of restraint and compulsion, her abhorrence of mastery by another, and mistaking the warmth and enthusiasm in her eyes (aroused by his latest tale) for something tender and acquiescent, he drew her to him, laid a forcible detaining arm about her waist, and misapprehended her frantic revolt for an exhibition of maidenly reluctance.”
“Somehow I doubt it was to protect my maidenly honor.”
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