adjective old use typical of a girl or young woman: maidenly modesty

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  • Maidenly — Maid en*ly, a. Like a maid; suiting a maid; maiden like; gentle, modest, reserved. [1913 Webster] Must you be blushing ? . . . What a maidenly man at arms are you become ! Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maidenly — Maid en*ly, adv. In a maidenlike manner. Maidenly demure. Skelton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maidenly — (adj.) mid 15c., from MAIDEN (Cf. maiden) (n.) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • maidenly — [mād′ nlē] adj. 1. of a maiden or maidenhood 2. like or characteristic of a maiden; modest, gentle, etc. maidenliness n …   English World dictionary

  • maidenly — /ˈmeɪdnli/ (say maydnlee) adjective 1. relating to a maiden: maidenly years. 2. characteristic of or befitting a maiden: maidenly behaviour. –maidenliness, noun …  

  • maidenly — maidenliness, n. /mayd n lee/, adj. pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a maiden: a maidenly blush. [1400 50; late ME; see MAIDEN, LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • maidenly — maid|en|ly [ˈmeıdnli] adj literary old fashioned used to describe the behaviour of a girl or young woman who is shy about showing her body, talking about sex etc, especially in the past ▪ maidenly modesty …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • maidenly — adjective befitting or characteristic of a maiden a maidenly blush • Syn: ↑maidenlike • Similar to: ↑feminine • Derivationally related forms: ↑maiden, ↑maidenliness …   Useful english dictionary

  • maidenly — adjective Date: 15th century of, resembling, or suitable to a maiden …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • maidenly — adjective a) Of or pertaining to a maiden. b) Suitable for, or befitting a maiden. See Also: maidenliness …   Wiktionary

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