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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WOMAN

If that man was a woman he'd be a warm neighbourhood gossip.

No woman was allowed to enter Olympia, during the celebration of the games.

Yea, like a woman, who deems a man safest when he is a tailor, or a perfumer.

It had been all the same to Mrs. Bines for as many years as a woman of fifty can remember.

Some other men and a woman were scanning the hoisting machinery with superior looks.

But does the woman who sells herself to but one enjoy life any more?

Only don't let the first woman that comes ridin' herd get her iron on you.

She was not a woman in the habit of reasoning, and had no conception of the difficulties in his way.

Now tell me just what you expect a woman in my position to do.

The woman ancestor kitchen-gardened, spun, wove, and nourished the poultry.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English wimman (plural wimmen), literally "woman-man," alteration of wifman (plural wifmen), a compound of wif "woman" (see wife) + man "human being" (in Old English used in reference to both sexes; see man (n.)). Cf. Dutch vrouwmens "wife," literally "woman-man."

The formation is peculiar to English and Dutch. Replaced older Old English wif and quean as the word for "female human being." The pronunciation of the singular altered in Middle English by the rounding influence of -w-; the plural retains the original vowel. Meaning "wife," now largely restricted to U.S. dialectal use, is attested from mid-15c. Women's liberation is attested from 1966; women's rights is from 1840, with an isolated example in 1630s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WOMAN

adult

nouna mature, fully grown person

adults

nouna mature, fully grown person
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