adjective Date: 1565 of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a girl or girlhood • girlishly adverbgirlishness noun

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  • Girlish — Girl ish, a. Like, or characteristic of, a girl; of or pertaining to girlhood; innocent; artless; immature; weak; as, girlish ways; girlish grief. {Girl ish*ly}, adv. {Girl ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • girlish — 1560s, from GIRL (Cf. girl) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Girlishly; girlishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • girlish — [gʉr′lish] adj. of, like, or suitable to a girl or girlhood girlishly adv. girlishness n …   English World dictionary

  • girlish — [[t]gɜ͟ː(r)lɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a woman as girlish, you mean she behaves, looks, or sounds like a young girl, for example because she is shy, excited, or lively. She gave a little girlish giggle …   English dictionary

  • girlish — girlishly, adv. girlishness, n. /gerr lish/, adj. of, like, or befitting a girl or girlhood: girlish laughter. [1555 65; GIRL + ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • girlish — adj. Girlish is used with these nouns: ↑delight, ↑giggle …   Collocations dictionary

  • girlish — Synonyms and related words: airy, attenuate, attenuated, beardless, boyish, boylike, calflike, childish, childlike, coltish, delicate, diaphanous, diluted, distaff, ethereal, female, feminine, fine, fine drawn, finespun, flimsy, frail, gauzy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • girlish — girl|ish [ˈgə:lıʃ US ˈgə:r ] adj behaving like a girl, looking like a girl, or suitable for a girl →↑boyish ▪ a peal of girlish laughter >girlishly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • girlish — girl|ish [ gɜrlıʃ ] adjective looking or behaving like a young girl: She gave a girlish giggle …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • girlish — adjective behaving like a girl, or looking like a girl: a peal of girlish laughter girlishly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • girlish — UK [ˈɡɜː(r)lɪʃ] / US [ˈɡɜrlɪʃ] adjective looking or behaving like a young girl She gave a girlish giggle …   English dictionary

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