What does woman mean?

Definitions for woman
ˈwʊm ən; ˈwɪm ɪnwom·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. woman, adult femalenoun

    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

    "the woman kept house while the man hunted"

  2. womannoun

    a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man

    "he was faithful to his woman"

  3. charwoman, char, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, womannoun

    a human female employed to do housework

    "the char will clean the carpet"; "I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write"

  4. womanhood, woman, fair sexnoun

    women as a class

    "it's an insult to American womanhood"; "woman is the glory of creation"; "the fair sex gathered on the veranda"


  1. womannoun

    An adult female human.

  2. womannoun

    A wife (sometimes a fiance or girlfriend)

  3. womanverb

    To man with female labor.

  4. womanverb

    To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.

    To have him see me woman'd. uE0009427uE001 Shakespeare.

  5. Etymology: From woman, wimman, wifman, from wifmann, equivalent to. Compare vrouwmens. Compare also vrouwspersoon, Weibsperson.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WOMAN

    That man who hath a tongue is no man,
    If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. William Shakespeare.

    Thou dotard, thou art woman-tir’d, unroosted
    By thy dame Parlet here. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Women are soft, mild, pitiful and flexible;
    Thou stern, obdurate, flinty, rough, remorseless. William Shakespeare.

    And Abimelech took men-servants and women servants. Gen.

    O woman, lovely woman, nature form’d thee
    To temper man: we had been brutes without thee. Thomas Otway.

    Ceneus a woman once and once a man;
    But ending in the sex she first began John Dryden, Æn.

    Women are made as they themselves would choose,
    Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse. Samuel Garth.

    Women in their nature are much more gay and joyous than men; whether it be that their blood is more refined, their fibres more delicate, and their animal spirits more light; vivacity is the gift of women, gravity that of men. Addison.

    I could not personally deliver to her
    What you commanded me; but by her woman
    I sent your message. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

  2. To Womanverb

    To make pliant like a woman.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I’ve felt such quirks of joy and grief,
    That the first face of neither on the start
    Can woman me unto’t. William Shakespeare.


  1. Woman

    A woman is an adult female human. Prior to adulthood, a female human is referred to as a girl (a female child or adolescent). The plural women is sometimes used in certain phrases such as "women's rights" to denote female humans regardless of age. Typically, women inherit a pair of X chromosomes, one from each parent, and are capable of pregnancy and giving birth from puberty until menopause. More generally, sex differentiation of the female fetus is governed by the lack of a present, or functioning, SRY-gene on either one of the respective sex chromosomes. Female anatomy is distinguished from male anatomy by the female reproductive system, which includes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, and vulva. A fully developed woman generally has a wider pelvis, broader hips, and larger breasts than an adult man. Women have significantly less facial and other body hair, have a higher body fat composition, and are on average shorter and less muscular than men. Throughout human history, traditional gender roles have often defined and limited women's activities and opportunities; many religious doctrines stipulate certain rules for women. With restrictions loosening during the 20th century in many societies, women have gained access to careers beyond the traditional homemaker, and the ability to pursue higher education. Violence against women, whether within families or in communities, has a long history and is primarily committed by men. Some women are denied reproductive rights. The movements and ideologies of feminism have a shared goal of achieving gender equality. Trans women have a gender identity that does not align with their male sex assignment at birth, while intersex women may have sex characteristics that do not fit typical notions of female biology.


  1. woman

    A woman is an adult human female. This term refers to the biological sex of an individual who typically has two X chromosomes, reproductive organs that allow for gestation and childbirth, and secondary sexual characteristics such as breasts and a generally lower amount of body hair compared to males. Moreover, the term "woman" often encompasses gender identity, self-perception, and societal roles associated with femininity and female experiences. It is important to note that the definition of "woman" can vary across cultures and may be influenced by individual perspectives and social constructs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Womannoun

    an adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person

  2. Womannoun

    the female part of the human race; womankind

  3. Womannoun

    a female attendant or servant

  4. Womanverb

    to act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it

  5. Womanverb

    to make effeminate or womanish

  6. Womanverb

    to furnish with, or unite to, a woman

  7. Etymology: [OE. woman, womman, wumman, wimman, wifmon, AS. wfmann, wmmann; wf woman, wife + mann a man. See Wife, and Man.]


  1. Woman

    A woman, pl: women is a female human. The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent. However, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "Women's rights". Women are typically capable of giving birth, though older women who have gone through menopause and some intersex women cannot.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Woman

    woom′an, n. the female of man, an adult female of the human race: the female sex, women collectively: a female attendant:—pl. Women (wim′en).v.t. to cause to act like a woman, to unite to a woman (both Shak.): to call a person 'woman' abusively.—n. Wom′an-bod′y (Scot.), a woman, used disparagingly.—adjs. Wom′an-born, born of woman; Wom′an-built, built by women.—adv. Wom′anfully, like a woman.—adj. Wom′an-grown, grown to womanhood.—ns. Wom′an-hāt′er, a misogynist; Wom′anhood, the state, character, or qualities of a woman.—adj. Wom′anish, having the qualities of a woman: feminine.—adv. Wom′anishly.—ns. Wom′anishness; Wom′ankind, Wom′enkind, women taken together: the female sex.—adj. Wom′an-like, like a woman.—n. Wom′anliness.—adj. Wom′anly, like or becoming a woman: feminine.—adv. in the manner of a woman.—ns. Wom′an-post (Shak.), a female messenger; Wom′an-quell′er, a killer of women; Wom′an-suff′rage, the exercise of the electoral franchise by women.—adjs. Wom′an-tired (Shak.), hen-pecked; Wom′an-vest′ed, wearing women's clothes.—Woman of the town, a whore; Woman of the world, a woman of fashion.—Women's rights, the movement of women towards personal and proprietary independence.—Play the woman, to give way to weakness. [A.S. wimman, wífman, a compound of wíf, a woman, man, man.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. woman

    1. The First Cause. 2. A being created for the purpose of voting. 3. Any one with an allowance that is occasionally paid, but which can't be collected. 4. A pet, a plaything, a scullion, a thing to die for, or a thing to kill. 5. A being to get rid of or to secure--to run away from, or with, as the case may be. 6. Among the Ancients, a slave, a chattel; among the Moderns, a financial swashbuckler. Synonyms: sphinx, devil, angel, liar, spendthrift.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. WOMAN

    An aspiring creature whose political sphere is still slightly flattened at the polls.

Editors Contribution

  1. woman

    An adult female human being with a vagina and a pair of breasts.

    The woman is amazing and is such a beautiful soul.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  2. womannoun

    When used in direct address, "Woman" was not a term of disrespect but of honor.

    The Woman that comes to age as Torah Wisdom, I hope shall be my wife.

    Etymology: Soulmate of Man

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on September 1, 2023  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'woman' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #387

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'woman' in Written Corpus Frequency: #614

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'woman' in Nouns Frequency: #13

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of woman in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of woman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of woman in a Sentence

  1. Kelsy Wallace:

    She pushed me. And when she pushed me, all I knew was to push her back. I reacted, she said. Thats when her and her daughters, they all came. And theyre grown women. Im 17 years old. Theyre like, 20, 30, and the woman that pushed me looked like she was 40.

  2. Joseph Conrad:

    The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.

  3. Zelene Blancas:

    She was like my Wonder Woman, she was my backbone, and she was like my second mother even though we are only four years apart.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign.

  5. Yasser Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed:

    In search of medical indications about receiving rape victims for treatment, we found none, this reassured us that no rape of any woman in the area of Tabit took place.

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a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
  • A. loom
  • B. famish
  • C. abash
  • D. affront

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