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English definition of “womanly”

womanly

adjective     /ˈwʊm.ən.li/
describes qualities, ideas, or physical features that a woman is typically or traditionally thought to have: She referred in a positive way to the 'traditional womanly goals of marriage and motherhood' several times in her talk. She used her womanly wiles/charms to persuade him to change his mind. → Compare manlyGender-related attributesKinds of womenKinds of men womanliness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Gender-related attributesKinds of womenKinds of men
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