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  • n. The quality of being girlish
  • n. Girlish behaviour

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. being characteristic of a girl


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

    In Haute Couture, '50s Glamour Meets the Cancan

  • 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

  • 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

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


  • 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.


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


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

    Strangers at the Feast

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


  • More substantively, now both are forty-something women in an industry largely blind to anyone over thirty, and while each retains a certain girlishness -- Sweeney's breathy, often giggling line delivery, and Sobule's bright, insouciant vocals -- beneath the surface there's nothing gamine about them.

    Robert Rodi: The Joy of Jill & Julia

  • I'm a serious gal, I admit it; but I know that giggling girlishness still lingers in me somewhere.

    Sara Avant Stover: Unplug and Recharge: Lighten Up In 6 Easy Steps


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  • Or churlishness.

    April 3, 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

  • as opposed to boylishness

    April 2, 2009

  • WordNet 2 is quite well put, I think.

    March 3, 2009