Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being feminine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being feminine; womanliness; womanishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being feminine; femininity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the properties characteristic of the female sex

Etymologies

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feminine +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Her cool, matter-of-fact speech belied her — or so Daylight thought, looking at her perturbed feminineness, at the rounded lines of her figure, the breast that deeply rose and fell, and at the color that was now excited in her cheeks.

    Chapter XIII

  • You could not say she was masculine, but there was a something stripped away from her which most people class as feminineness.

    The Wishing-Ring Man

  • He always perturbedly harked back to her feminineness.

    Tempest

  • Her cool, matter-of-fact speech belied her -- or so Daylight thought, looking at her perturbed feminineness, at the rounded lines of her figure, the breast that deeply rose and fell, and at the color that was now excited in her cheeks.

    Chapter XIII

  • It was such a feminineness, however, as is rarest to find in woman, though not the appreciation of it; perhaps it is not to be found at all in woman, but is only the feminine in man.

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • It is a weakness, however, of a peculiar kind, not arising from want of personal courage, or any specific defect of faculty, but rather an intellectual feminineness, which feels a necessity of ever leaning on the breast of others, and of reclining on those who are all the while known to be inferiors.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • It is a weakness, however, of a peculiar kind, not arising from want of personal courage, or any specific defect of faculty, but rather an intellectual feminineness, which feels a necessity of ever leaning on the breasts of others, and of reclining on those who are all the while known to be inferiors.

    Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher

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