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  • n. the condition of being a woman; femininity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being womanly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being womanly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of being womanly; having the characteristics of an adult female


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womanly +‎ -ness


  • Stern Moralist, being propelled down corridor: "Well, if the way to restore women to womanliness is to make them do drudgery which they can hire somebody else to do, why isn't -- --"

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  • As has already been suggested, her womanliness is a more prominent characteristic of Mrs. Lewes's mind than its great intellectual power.

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  • One Delineator article claimed that while sports "give the body perfect freedom of action and engender a courageous spirit, they detract nothing from that womanliness which is always woman's greatest charm."

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  • Democracy becomes the latest trick of tyranny: "womanliness" becomes the latest wile of prostitution.

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  • Lorraine was a woman of the world, with a larger mixture of the other kind of womanliness, perhaps, than was usual, and he in his perspicacity had deftly appealed to both.

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  • From Jiu's mother Nilima (The Magic Spell), the maid hanging clothes out to dry (Holiday Homework), Rashmi's (The Favourite Child) cream silk shawl she adds to her shoulders on a visit to her dying mother, Anupam's mother (Honeybees), a master weaver - most women characters in this book are either wrapped in their mekehela sadors or saris or in a one-dimensional 'womanliness'.

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  • This roles; "womanliness" is like "femininity", but process becomes necessary to cope with is usually associated with a different view of one's own behaviour, especially in gender roles;

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  • Martial arts, which was also designed as a set of self- and others'-protection skills, has become more about proving personal toughness or manliness -- or even womanliness.

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  • The twist from ribs to hips exaggerates the curves, heightens the angles, giving her the illusion of womanliness while she still has the soft, taut skin that is peculiarly a girl's.

    The Right Thing

  • Nor, though the attributes of the lion were there, was there wanting the certain softness, the hint of womanliness, which bespoke the emotional nature.

    To The Man on the Trail


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