1. Of or belonging to a woman or women; a woman's; used or done by women. Now rare.
1390 GOWER Conf. 2. Characteristic of or proper to a woman or women; womanly, feminine.
I. 58 With so swete a stevene Lik to the melodie of hevene In wommanysshe vois thei singe. 1555
in Foxe A. & M.
(1563) 1445/1, I..doe prepare..my womanishe backe to their burthens of reproufe. 1610 A. COOKE Pope Joan
100 They might haue pretended that they would not be subiect to a womanish and an whorish gouernment. 1624 HEYWOOD Gunaik. III
. 130 Spinning, weaving, and the like womanish chares. a1661 B. HOLYDAY Juvenal II
. Notes (1673) 25 That this was a Womanish wear may be seen by the same Authors 97. Ep. of his I
. L. 1678 CUDWORTH Intell. Syst. I
. iv. 342 Peplum
is properly a womanish Pall or Veil. 1896 F. HARRISON
in 19th Cent.
Mar. 501 A separate degree-conferring and exclusively womanish university.
c1374 CHAUCER Troylus IV b. In derogatory use.
. 694 Tho wordes and o
. womanliche] ynges
. 1390 GOWER Conf.
I. 72 Wherof in wommanysshe drede Sche wok and nyste what to rede. Ibid.
III. 304 Sche wolde hire goode name kepe For feere of wommanysshe schame. 1513 MORE Rich. III
Wks. 46/1 The mothers drede and womannishe feare. a1568 R. ASCHAM Scholem. I
. (Arb.) 39 A voice, not softe, weake, piping, womannishe, but audible, stronge, and manlike. 1606
G. WOODCOCK Lives Emperors
in Hist. Ivstine
Kk4, Her priuat matters she had beene able to gouerne easily by her owne womannish wisedome. 1611 BEAUM.
& FL. Maid's Trag. I
, She has a brother..Like her, a face as womanish as hers. 1706 KENNETT Hist. Eng.
III. 784 He had a particular Averseness to Dancing, and all Womanish Exercises. 1712 ADDISON Spect.
No. 363 9
Eve's Complaint..is wonderfully beautiful: The sentiments..have something in them particularly soft and womanish. 1740 RICHARDSON Pamela
I. 203 Nothing, said she, but Womanish Curiosity. 1844 KINGLAKE Eothen
xvii, To love her [sc
. the camel] for the sake of her gentle and womanish ways. 1866 MRS. H. WOOD St. Martin's Eve
xix, The pale features, regular to a fault, were of almost womanish beauty.
1390 GOWER Conf. 3. Resembling a woman, womanlike: in later use chiefly derogatory; also of a girl, Like a grown woman in her ways.
II. 229 As he which hath himself restreigned..Out of the manere of a man, And tok his wommannysshe chiere. 1532 MORE Confut. Barnes VIII
. Wks. 760/2 Her questions..wer like to be but friuolous & womannish. 1534 Comf. agst. Trib. II
. vi. (1553) Gj, Weping for our sinnes..they reckyn shame almost and womanyshe peuishnes. 1592 A. DAY Engl. Secretorie II
. (1625) 46 Womanish encountrings, vnseemely lyings and childish threatenings. 1685 DRYDEN Thren. August.
viii, So weak, so womanish a woe. 1771 GOLDSM. Hist. Eng.
II. 207 She betrayed neither weakness, nor womanish submission. 1813 E. S. BARRETT Heroine
x. (1909) 57, I do not like..his pencilled eyebrows and curled locks, they look so womanish. 1889 Sat. Rev.
6 Apr. 402/2 He must have been under the influence of fears which it would be an excess of flattery to call womanish.
1390 GOWER Conf. 4. Having a great inclination or liking for women. Obs. rare.
I. 93 He syh wher sat a creature, A lothly wommannysch figure. c1470 HARDING Chron. LX
. ii, Elyne..was..More Angelyke then womannyshe of hewe. 1604 T. WRIGHT Passions
v. ß2. 167 If musicke can make warriers womanish. 1788 WESLEY Jrnl.
10 June, This girl..being then between fourteen and fifteen years old. But she was then quite a womanish girl. 1891 FARRAR Darkn. & Dawn
lxv, Lascivious Otho, gluttonous Vitellius, savage Domitian, womanish Elagabalus.
1529 MORE Dyaloge I 5. Comb.
. xii. 18/1 A freer wylbe womanysh loke the holy horeson neuer so sayntly. 1579-80
[implied in WOMANISHNESS
1382 WYCLIF 1 Kings Hence womanish v. trans., to render womanish, to womanize.
xv. 12 He took awey the wommannysh maad men [effeminatos
] of the loond. a1623 FLETCHER Love's Cure III
. ii, One so full of childish fear, And womanish-hearted.
1561 T. HOBY
tr. Castiglione's Courtyer I
. Iij, Men..who ought not with suche delicacies [as music] to womannishe their mindes. a1586 SIDNEY Arcadia I
. xii. ß5 This effeminate love of a woman, doth so womanish [so ed
. 1593-1674 womanize] a man, that (if he yeeld to it) it will..make him..a launder, a distaff-spinner.