Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being girlish; the disposition or manners of a girl.

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  • noun The quality of being girlish
  • noun Girlish behaviour

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

  • noun being characteristic of a girl

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Her laugh no longer flashed out so hungrily and her eyes, brimming with the secret he and she had made, deepened and seemed to rejoin the girlishness that had lingered in the other features of her face.

    Updike, John

  • The pale pink that dominated the collection added to the girlishness.

    In Haute Couture, '50s Glamour Meets the Cancan

  • A red headband fastened her hair, an attempt at girlishness compromised by her halo of gray roots.

    Strangers at the Feast

  • Now that Joel was no longer her patient she could have talked to Eugene about him, described the horror she had felt when this poor man with his dyed yellow hair talked of himself as an angel or a god, and described too the pathetic mother, pared down now to a raw, skinless creature who had grown, in so short a time, from absurd girlishness into her true age.

    Portobello

  • No, I wasn't either-I knew she was a trollop, and her wide-eyed girlishness was a deliberate mockery.

    Isabelle

  • A red headband fastened her hair, an attempt at girlishness compromised by her halo of gray roots.

    Strangers at the Feast

  • But she looked sad, more real than Ella had ever seen her, all the meretriciousness, the desperate girlishness, gone.

    Portobello

  • A red headband fastened her hair, an attempt at girlishness compromised by her halo of gray roots.

    Strangers at the Feast

  • Lock brings convincing girlishness and kooky charm to the role of Laura; she's particularly funny in an early scene in which the girl -- dressed in pajamas and a helmet -- pretends to be an astronaut.

    'If You Give a Pig a Pancake': Holly Twyford goes hog wild

  • She has a bold naïveté, a frank girlishness, that serves the group well.

    THE HUSBANDS AND WIVES CLUB

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  • WordNet 2 is quite well put, I think.

    March 3, 2009

  • as opposed to boylishness

    April 2, 2009

  • I don't mind a manly man, nor a womanly woman. But Lord spare me from the sight of a boyly boy.

    April 3, 2009

  • Or churlishness.

    April 3, 2009