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adjective as in (offensive) feminine

noun as in femininity

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Indeed, the distaff vote may yet again break Republican this cycle—as it did in 2010—if the polls are to be believed.

As Maggie in a 1990 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof she was more than just a slip of distaff Mississippi flesh.

Behind the bride were carried the distaff and spindle, emblems of domestic life.

A beautiful young girl was seated near them, with her distaff, spinning gold thread.

In the morning she took her wheel and spun a whole distaff full; there was still no news.

The invention of the loom and distaff has been piously ascribed to the gods.

The ancients were all familiar with the idea of women sometimes exchanging the spindle and distaff for the spear and shield.


On this page you'll find 13 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to distaff, such as: female, femalelike, ladylike, maternal, muliebral, and womanish.

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