Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a hen or some aspect of one.

Etymologies

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hen +‎ -like

Examples

  • “So I understand you and Sheriff Bunsen have finally set the wedding date,” Bertha said, fixing me with her little henlike eyes.

    Telegraph Days

  • She could hear Minnie Adams's high henlike cackle, and Mrs. Meeker's bass rumble that always sounded as though she were using a megaphone.

    A Long-Distance Call From Jim

  • He was not going to squat henlike on his place as the cockies around him did.

    My Brilliant Career

  • The simile is grotesque; but Amedee is the most henlike waiter in

    The Guest of Quesnay

  • As they sped along, Geraldine pointed out imprints of fox and rabbit, faint trails where a field-mouse had passed, the string of henlike footprints recording the deliberate progress of some ruffed grouse picking its leisurely way across the snow; the sharp, indented marks of squirrels.

    The Danger Mark

  • In repeating the above dialogue I have tried to give the impression which it made on me, that Parkins was something of an old woman -- rather henlike, perhaps, in his little ways; totally destitute, alas! of the sense of humour, but at the same time dauntless and sincere in his convictions, and a man deserving of the greatest respect.

    Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

  • Julia was pregnant, and very pleased to be so; the only stress she suffered was Marius’s henlike concern for her.

    The First Man in Rome

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