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  • adj. Resembling a spinster.


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  • It is Squidward, actually, tending his soufflés at home, who might be said to exhibit a certain spinsterish or curate-like gayness; SpongeBob and Patrick simply love each other very much.

    SpongeBob's Golden Dream

  • Anchored by two unforgettable lead performances, the gifted Eileen Atkins also resonates as Madge, the company's spinsterish stage manager whose quiet love for "Sir" has always competed with Norman's, and like his, entailed enormous sacrifice.

    John Farr: Birthday Tribute: Albert Finney's Finest

  • For ten years I struggled with lessons from Miss Kirkland, a spinsterish teacher with halitosis, only because at that time playing the piano was thought to be an asset for young ladies.

    Irene Tanner: Practice, Proficiency, Mastery

  • The air was spinsterish but funny, wicked, and several of the ladies typed in their carpet slippers.

    Once upon a life: Andrew O'Hagan

  • One such is Faraday's lengthy account of a district hospital dance to which he invites Caroline, already spinsterish in her 20s.

    The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

  • Mary had given her friends a free hand in the furnishing of this room, which consequently bore the marks of middle-aged, spinsterish thrift.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • Whatever the process, Notes on a Scandal, Heller's account of an almost parodically spinsterish North London teacher who befriends a glamorous younger colleague who has been having an affair with one of her pupils, was hailed as a "brilliant", "gripping", "sinister" study in loneliness and obsession.

    Christina Patterson: Interview With Zoe Heller: 'I End Up Loathing Myself'

  • I thumbed number three for “erase,” kicked off my boots, twisted my bright new hair into a plastic clip, then sat on the edge of my bed with my face in my hands and allowed myself one brief, dry, spinsterish sob.

    Best Friends Forever

  • Florence is a classically trained violinist and devotes the remainder of her life to a rather spinsterish role in a string quartet.

    Think of England

  • Dr. Calvin, a plain, spinsterish woman in her late 30s, has a yen for a handsome young co-worker named Milton Ashe.

    Is the world ready for Susan Calvin, Girl Genius?


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