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  • adj.(offensive) feminine
  • nounfemininity

synonyms for distaff

  • female
  • femalelike
  • ladylike
  • maternal
  • muliebral
  • womanish
  • womanly
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How to use distaff in a sentence

Behind the bride were carried the distaff and spindle, emblems of domestic life.
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE ROMANSHAROLD WHETSTONE JOHNSTON
A beautiful young girl was seated near them, with her distaff, spinning gold thread.
LABOULAYE'S FAIRY BOOKVARIOUS
In the morning she took her wheel and spun a whole distaff full; there was still no news.
LABOULAYE'S FAIRY BOOKVARIOUS
The invention of the loom and distaff has been piously ascribed to the gods.
THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIREEDWARD GIBBON
The ancients were all familiar with the idea of women sometimes exchanging the spindle and distaff for the spear and shield.
FEMALE WARRIORS, VOL. I (OF 2)ELLEN C. CLAYTON
Maid-servants followed with a distaff and wool, intimating that she was to spin as matrons formerly did.
THE MYSTERIES OF ALL NATIONSJAMES GRANT
The major's sister had at the same time a distaff which often spun yarn for her without any one handling it.
THE MYSTERIES OF ALL NATIONSJAMES GRANT
If such workers had not fastened a book to the distaff, insanity would surely have set in.
THE AMERICAN COUNTRY GIRLMARTHA FOOTE CROW
An early application of this idea is to be found in the practice of spinning with distaff and whorl.
ELEMENTS OF FOLK PSYCHOLOGYWILHELM WUNDT
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO DISTAFF

  • delicacy
  • distaff
  • docility
  • effeminateness
  • feminality
  • femineity
  • feminineness
  • gentleness
  • kindness
  • softness
  • womanhood
  • womankind
  • womanliness
  • womenfolk
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.