adjectiveDate: 14th century 1. resembling or suggesting a man rather than a woman 2. generally associated with or characteristic of a man rather than a woman <her mannish clothes> • mannishlyadverb • mannishnessnoun
Mannish Man"nish, a. [Man + -ish: cf. AS. mennisc, menisc.] 1. Resembling a human being in form or nature; human. --Chaucer. But yet it was a figure Most like to mannish creature. --Gower. 2. Resembling, suitable to, or characteristic of, a man, manlike, masculine. --Chaucer. A woman impudent and mannish grown. --Shak. 3. Fond of men; -- said of a woman. [Obs.] --Chaucer. -- Man"nish*ly,adv. -- Man"nish*ness, n.
If you describe a woman's appearance or behaviour as mannish, you mean it is more like a man's appearance or behaviour than a woman's. She shook hands in a mannish way, her grip dry and firm....a mannish trouser suit.ADJ: usu ADJ n