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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MANNISH

Yet she had none of the mannish mannerisms that so often accompany an "athletic" girl.

The girls out there usually got rough and mannish after they went to herding.

I was afraid I should find them mannish and rough, or sentimental and conceited.

"Now, don't forget about that," said one of the mannish women.

Allie was a masculine creature, who affected a mannish cut of clothes.

She was mannish in her attire and quite soldierly in her bearing.

I thought I was your guardian, Susan; but that's just my mannish complacency.

Richard is mannish, but impracticable, and a little difficult to understand.

Only he has a quaint, mannish notion that he must "protect me."

And she had a strange, wistful, fragile, feminine mien in her mannish costume.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English mennisc "human, human-like, natural," from Proto-Germanic *manniska- (cf. Old Saxon mannisc, Old High German mennisc, Gothic mannisks), from *manna- (see man (n.)). In some cases a new formation from man (n.) + -ish.

Sense of "masculine" is from late 14c.; in reference to women seen as masculine, from late 14c. Of adult males (opposed to childish) from 1520s. Related: Mannishly; mannishness. The proto-Germanic adjective became, in some languages, a noun meaning "human" (cf. German Mensch), and in Old English mannish also was used as a noun "mankind, folk, race, people."

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