Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a woman: a word humorously employed to correspond with manfully.

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

  • adverb In a womanly, or womanful manner; with the characteristics considered typical of a woman, such as warmth, and compassion, as well as courage and determination.

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Examples

  • She struggles manfully (or ought I not, in deference to the author's contention, to say "womanfully") against her love for Hagbart, and at last has no choice but to escape from the cruel dilemma by accepting the bishop's demand.

    Essays on Scandinavian Literature

  • So last week I womanfully plowed through 741 pages.

    Wilkie Collins’ No Name « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Euston Square who has opend a correspondence with me and who most womanfully takes the part of Little Davy [2] and offers a direct application to 'The Literary Fund' on my behalf, this is not concluded on — My old friend Mr Hill of Queenhythe has written from

    Letter 305

  • Striding manfully or, of course, womanfully naked, except for the compulsory woollen hat, walking boots and - of course, compass and maps - through thick frost-encoated brambles in sub-zero temperatures is - I'm assured - a true sign of the dedicated orienteering pervert.

    Something For The Weekend: The All-Nude Orienteering And Woodland Sexual Perversion Club

  • Striding manfully or, of course, womanfully naked, except for the compulsory woollen hat, walking boots and - of course, compass and maps - through thick frost-encoated brambles in sub-zero temperatures is - I'm assured - a true sign of the dedicated orienteering pervert.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • They struggle womanfully, and sometimes successfully, to find truth in the script's silly symphony of false notes.

    Fey and Poehler Deliver

  • But, soldiering womanfully onward to volume II, the reader finds...a priest, carrying on a monologue about the essentials of the Catholic faith.

    Thunk

  • But, soldiering womanfully onward to volume II, the reader finds...a priest, carrying on a monologue about the essentials of the Catholic faith.

    The Little Professor:

  • I've so far womanfully resisted installing this on my actual site, on the grounds that it would really be too hypocritical after snide comments I've made about consumerism.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • She dealt out sovereigns — womanfully, and had had Mrs and Miss

    Phineas Redux

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