What does womanly mean?

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ˈwʊm ən liwom·an·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. womanly, feminineadjective

    befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman

    "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"


  1. womanlyadjective

    Having the characteristics of a woman; feminine, female.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Womanlyadjective

    Etymology: from woman

    I’m in this earthly world, where to do harm
    Is often laudable; to do good sometime
    Accounted dangerous folly: why then, alas!
    Do I put up that womanly defence,
    To say I’d done no harm. William Shakespeare.

    She brings your froward wives’
    As prisoners, to her womanly persuasion. William Shakespeare.

    All will spy in thy face
    A blushing womanly discovering grace. John Donne.

    Rage choaks my words; ’tis womanly to weep. Dryden.

    Let him be taught to put off all those tender airs, affected smiles, and all the enchanting womanly behaviour that has made him the object of his own admiration. Scriblerus Club .

    Young persons, under a womanly age, are often troubled with some of the same symptoms. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

  2. Womanlyadverb

    In the manner of a woman; effeminately.

    Etymology: from woman.


  1. womanly

    Femininity (also called womanliness) is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles generally associated with women and girls. Femininity can be understood as socially constructed, and there is also some evidence that some behaviors considered feminine are influenced by both cultural factors and biological factors. To what extent femininity is biologically or socially influenced is subject to debate. It is conceptually distinct from both the female biological sex and from womanhood, as all humans can exhibit feminine and masculine traits, regardless of sex and gender.Traits traditionally cited as feminine include gracefulness, gentleness, empathy, humility, and sensitivity, though traits associated with femininity vary across societies and individuals, and are influenced by a variety of social and cultural factors.


  1. womanly

    Womanly refers to qualities or characteristics attributed to or traditionally associated with women, such as femininity, gentleness, nurturing nature, compassion, strength, and beauty, among others. These traits can vary significantly across different cultures and societies. The term is often used to highlight behavior, characteristics, or appearances that reflect the societal or stereotypical expectations of femininity and female behavior. It's important to note that such characteristics don't apply to every woman and the definition changes as societies' views on gender norms evolve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Womanlyadjective

    becoming a woman; feminine; as, womanly behavior

  2. Womanlyadverb

    in the manner of a woman; with the grace, tenderness, or affection of a woman

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of womanly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of womanly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of womanly in a Sentence

  1. Louisa May Alcott:

    Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion.

  2. Queen Victoria:

    The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of Woman's Rights with all its attendant horrors on which her poor, feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.

  3. Alfred de Musset:

    The most womanly woman.

  4. Mary Baker Eddy:

    Give up the belief that mind is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.

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