from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characteristic of or befitting a girl.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like or befitting a girl; characteristic of girls.
  • Pertaining to the youth of a woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like, or characteristic of, a girl; of or pertaining to girlhood; innocent; artless; immature; weak

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  • adjective like a girl

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  • adjective befitting or characteristic of a young girl


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girl +‎ -ish


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  • 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.

    Our Little Canadian Cousin 1904

  • I hardly knew whether she would refuse it, or burst out crying – in girlish fashion.

    John Halifax, Gentleman 1897

  • 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.

    Stuart of Dunleath: A Story of Modern Times 1851

  • It also tends to look dainty and girlish, which is perhaps why Cheryl kept asking Cristian during practice why he looked so feminine.

    Tonya Plank: Where Were The Hips?!: Dancing With the Stars Week 5 2008

  • And Father would call it girlish nonsense, especially when nothing at all happens afterward.

    Firehorse Diane Lee Wilson 2006

  • 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.

    Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets Marsden Hartley

  • His features were cast in a delicate mold, pretty enough almost to be called girlish, yet with a firm squareness of chin distinctly masculine.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Ray Cummings 1922

  • She's hardly even what you'd call "girlish": she's no-nonsense, logical and plain-speaking. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 2011

  • 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. 2008

  • Being emotional or caring too much about clothes or liking to dance are reasons that boys give for describing someone as "girlish," she says.

    Young adults 'don't want to be defined by gender, orientation' 2009


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