mannish manlike, virile, masculine, *male, manful, manly
Antonyms: womanish
Contrasted words: womanly, womanlike, unmannish, ladylike, feminine, *female

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  • Mannish — Man nish, a. [Man + ish: cf. AS. mennisc, menisc.] 1. Resembling a human being in form or nature; human. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] But yet it was a figure Most like to mannish creature. Gower. [1913 Webster] 2. Resembling, suitable to, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mannish — (adj.) O.E. mennisc human, human like, natural, from P.Gmc. *manniska (Cf. O.S. mannisc, O.H.G. mennisc, Goth. mannisks), from *manna (see MAN (Cf. man) (n.)). In some cases a new formation from man (n.) + ISH (Cf. ish). Sens …   Etymology dictionary

  • mannish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a woman) having an appearance and characteristics that are associated with men …   English terms dictionary

  • mannish — [man′ish] adj. having a quality usually regarded as belonging to or right for a man: used, sometimes with mild contempt, in referring to a woman SYN. MALE mannishly adv. mannishness n …   English World dictionary

  • mannish — man|nish [ˈmænıʃ] adj a woman who is mannish, or who wears mannish clothes, looks or behaves like a man used especially when this is considered unattractive ▪ She had strong, almost mannish features. ▪ a mannish jacket >mannishly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mannish — mannishly, adv. mannishness, n. /man ish/, adj. 1. being typical or suggestive of a man rather than a woman: mannish clothing styles for women; a mannish voice. 2. resembling a man, as in size or manner: a mannish youth. [bef. 900; ME; r. ME… …   Universalium

  • mannish — [[t]mæ̱nɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe a woman s appearance or behaviour as mannish, you mean it is more like a man s appearance or behaviour than a woman s. She shook hands in a mannish way, her grip dry and firm. ...a mannish… …   English dictionary

  • mannish — adjective a woman who is mannish looks or behaves like a man, especially in a way that is considered unattractive: She had strong, almost mannish features. mannishly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • mannish — /ˈmænɪʃ/ (say manish) adjective 1. resembling a man. 2. imitating a man. 3. (of a woman s behaviour, clothes, etc.) like that of a man: she wore a mannish hat and mannish pants. –mannishly, adverb –mannishness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • mannish — adjective Date: 14th century 1. resembling or suggesting a man rather than a woman 2. generally associated with or characteristic of a man rather than a woman < her mannish clothes > • mannishly adverb • mannishness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary