from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, characteristic of, or natural to a woman. See Synonyms at female.
- adj. Resembling, imitative of, or suggestive of a woman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for women; feminine; effeminate: often used in a disparaging or reproachful sense when said of men: as, womanish ways; a womanish, voice; womanish fears.
- Synonyms Female, Effeminate, etc. See feminine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having characteristics associated with women and considered undesirable in men
But it gets better: “His movements have been described as womanish — a dainty ladylike way of walking when not assuming a military carriage in public, effeminate gestures of his arms — a peculiar graceless ineptitude reminiscent of of a girl throwing a baseball.”
"Well, there is something effeminate a about that, something womanish, that is just what I would expect," the German said to the Montreal lawyer.
She seldom schemed, but when she did scheme, her plans showed rather the comprehensive strategy of a general than the small arts called womanish, though she could utter oracles of Delphian ambiguity when she did not choose to be direct.
And to aggravate this judgment, to put an edge upon this misery, it is added in the next words, that women shall come and set them on fire: that is, a womanish and effeminate generation of men (for such were the Babylonians) shall triumph over them.
We believe that no act so thoroughly womanish, that is, moving under a blind impulse without a thought of consequences, without a concerted succession of steps, and no
In other words, the men who rule are being called womanish, or childish.
here is a direct quote from the text his movements have been described as womanish - a dainty ladylike way of walking when not assuming a military carraige in public, EFFEMINATE gesture of his arms — a peculiar gracelessness ineptitude reminiscent of a girl throwing a baseball a long time ago i said the parallels were striking, and there were so many.
Cassius gripes that Rome has become "womanish" and mocks Caesar for resembling "a sick girl."
The epithet "womanish" could not therefore have had among the Egyptians of his day a derogatory Men's-State signification.
In exceptional cases a reviewer perhaps exclaims upon certain faults as "womanish"; but the cry is too hasty; the faults are those of individuals, in either sex.
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