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  • adj. of or relating to a spinster or spinsterhood

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Examples

  • He could know her, almost know her, feel her innocence through the music, know the girl again, the spinsterly twelve-year-old who walked behind her parents in the street, he could see her in the face of the somber older sister, she was almost there, the girl, in the pouches and moles and smoky hair.

    Underworld

  • He also kept some of his sisters there whom he didn't wish to see marry or have any opportunity to bear children, so my poor girl had plenty of spinsterly company.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • Later, Elvira developed the spinsterly accomplishment of darning her own delicate silk stockings to finished perfection, and was promptly importuned by all the young Lawrences to darn theirs.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905

  • We had seen Tish's apartment change from a sedate and spinsterly retreat to a riot of lace covers on the mantel, on the backs of chairs, on the stands, on the pillows – everywhere.

    Tish

  • We had seen Tish's apartment change from a sedate and spinsterly retreat to a riot of lace covers on the mantel, on the backs of chairs, on the stands, on the pillows -- everywhere.

    Tish

  • The older, a gaunt, spinsterly-looking figure, peers about with a near-sighted glance.

    Mr. Faust

  • She had also a spinsterly objection to hansoms, and never would consent to be driven in one.

    The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911

  • Instead, she has been squeezed into the role of the desk clerk at the Columbia Inn in Vermont, a role originated by the brilliantly spinsterly Mary Wickes in the

    NYT > Home Page

  • "The Rainmaker" N. Richard N.sh's Depression - era tale finds finds the Curry family desperate for rain and a suitor for daughter Lizzie, a discouraged wallflower her brothers have resigned to a spinsterly future.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Franca Sofia Barchiesi turns the smallest role, that of Jose's spinsterly sister Olivia, into the most winsome one.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

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