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Definition of "ladylike" []

  • Characteristic of a lady; well-bred. (adjective)
  • Appropriate for or becoming to a lady. See Synonyms at female. (adjective)
  • Unduly sensitive to matters of propriety or decorum. (adjective)
  • Lacking virility or strength. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ladylike" in a sentence
  • "The word ladylike wasn’t in Gaia’s personal dictionary."
  • "The wife lives to realize the ideal of the "ladylike" -- lady she resigns to the patrician -- and she insists upon a servant, however small."
  • "She has what I can only describe as a ladylike laugh, lips slightly parted, more a smile than a laugh."