Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Somewhat like a lady; having the airs of a fashionable lady.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characteristic of a lady

Etymologies

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lady +‎ -ish

Examples

  • IMHO, 'Miss' has a certain je ne sais quoi that is, in its way, distinctly prettier than 'Mrs' - a word which, no matter how slim and lovely its owner, always sounds vaguely plump, matronly and dinner-ladyish.

    Miss Behaving

  • To me, old-ladyish shoes would be the slip-on type my mother, who is now in her 70s, would wear.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • This might be a very old ladyish purchase, but these things are awesome.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • IMHO, 'Miss' has a certain je ne sais quoi that is, in its way, distinctly prettier than 'Mrs' - a word which, no matter how slim and lovely its owner, always sounds vaguely plump, matronly and dinner-ladyish.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • To me, old-ladyish shoes would be the slip-on type my mother, who is now in her 70s, would wear.

    A lesson in perspective (or rude awakening)

  • "See, April had exactly the same pair so they're not old-ladyish at all."

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • This might be a very old ladyish purchase, but these things are awesome.

    Oh My

  • I've generally been a lover of orientals and fruity-fresh scents, eschewing white florals and anything that smelled powdery or "old ladyish".

    Boadicea Pure and Benefit Laugh with Me Lee Lee

  • "See, April had exactly the same pair so they're not old-ladyish at all."

    A lesson in perspective (or rude awakening)

  • "For years it was quite old-ladyish to wear a brooch," says Vogue's Sally Singer.

    STYLE: OUT OF THE ATTIC

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