old-maidish
old-maidish old`-maid"ish, a. Like an old maid; prim; precise; particular; overly fastidious.

Syn: fussy, old-womanish. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • old-maidish — adjective primly fastidious • Syn: ↑old womanish • Similar to: ↑fastidious * * * /ohld may dish/, adj. characteristic of or resembling an old maid. [1750 60] * * * old maidˈish adjective Like the conventional old maid, prim …   Useful english dictionary

  • old-maidish — /oʊld ˈmeɪdɪʃ/ (say ohld maydish) adjective lacking a broad minded approach that comes from experience; prim. {old maid + ish1} –old maidishly, adverb –old maidishness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • old maidish — adj. old womanish, similar to an old maid; primly hard to please …   English contemporary dictionary

  • old-maidish — of an old maid, like an old unmarried woman …   English contemporary dictionary

  • old-maidish — adjective see old maid …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • old-maidish — /ohld may dish/, adj. characteristic of or resembling an old maid. [1750 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • old-maidish — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form: bluenosed, genteel, precise, priggish, prim, prissy, proper, prudish, puritanical, strait laced, stuffy, Victorian. Idiom: prim and proper. See PLAIN …   English dictionary for students

  • old-womanish — old wom an*ish, a. Like an old woman; anile; primly fastidious; old maidish. {Old wom an*ish*ness}, n. Syn: fussy, old maidish. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Old-womanishness — old womanish old wom an*ish, a. Like an old woman; anile; primly fastidious; old maidish. {Old wom an*ish*ness}, n. Syn: fussy, old maidish. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • old maid — noun count 1. ) an insulting word for an older woman who has not been married and is unlikely to get married 2. ) INFORMAL someone who has old fashioned opinions and is too worried about small details ╾ ,old maidish adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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