Woman Wom"an, n.; pl. {Women}. [OE. woman, womman, wumman, wimman, wifmon, AS. w[=i]fmann, w[=i]mmann; w[=i]f woman, wife + mann a man. See {Wife}, and {Man}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person. [1913 Webster]

Women are soft, mild pitiful, and flexible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman. --Gen. ii. 22. [1913 Webster]

I have observed among all nations that the women ornament themselves more than the men; that, wherever found, they are the same kind, civil, obliging, humane, tender beings, inclined to be gay and cheerful, timorous and modest. --J. Ledyard. [1913 Webster]

2. The female part of the human race; womankind. [1913 Webster]

Man is destined to be a prey to woman. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

3. A female attendant or servant. `` By her woman I sent your message.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Woman hater}, one who hates women; one who has an aversion to the female sex; a misogynist. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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