* womon, womyn, wymyn
* wimmen, wimmen
An adult female human.
* Bible, (w) 2:22:
* (John Ledyard) (1751-1789)
- And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman .
* 1887 , Helen Campbell, Prisoners of poverty: their trades and their lives , p.120:
- I have observed among all nations that the women ornament themselves more than the men
(lb) All females collectively; womankind.
*:“[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
* 1997 , Bob Grant, Let's Be Heard , p.42:
- But this woman' is a nice German ' woman that fell on the ice and sprained her ankle last winter, and we saw to her well as we could till she got better.
* 2011 , Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In , p.109:
- For if modern woman is so intent on keeping her surname alive, why not demand it be passed along to her children?
A wife (or sometimes a or girlfriend).
* 1914 , , Study of Thomas Hardy and Other Essays , chapter 7: "Of Being and Not-Being":
- Unsurprisingly, if modern man is a sort of camera, modern woman is a picture.
A female who is extremely fond of or devoted to a specified type of thing.
* 2004 , Hyveth Williams, Secrets of a Happy Heart: A Fresh Look at the Sermon on the Mount , p.70:
- And then, when he lies with his woman , the man may concurrently be with God, and so get increase of his soul.
A female attendant or servant.
* (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
- Perhaps my problem is that I am a cat woman . I can't imagine any finicky feline (and they all are that at one time or another) slobbering over anyone, even a beloved owner, the way a dog does.
- By her woman I sent your message.
* (age ): girl
* (gender ): man
* cleaning woman
* kept woman
* little woman
* medicine woman
* old woman
* other woman
* woman suffrage
* woman's work
* women’s lib
To staff with female labor.
* 1956 , Rex Stout, Three Witnesses , The Viking Press, page 54
* 1990 , Stephen King, The stand: the complete & uncut edition
- Apparently the Sixty-ninth Street office of Bagby Answers, Inc., was being womaned for the day from other offices.
* 2010 , Julia Glass, The Widower's Tale , page 77
- Gus Dinsmore, the public beach parking lot attendent, said he guessed that so many cars must be just stopped dead along the road that even those manned (or womaned ) by able drivers would be unable to move.
To make effeminate or womanish.
* 1598 , , III. ii. 50:
- The information desk is now manned (womaned ) by someone whose main job is to help you reserve time slots for the computers or guide you through the arduous process of “logging on.”
To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.
* 1603 , , III. iv. 191:
- I have felt so many quirks of joy and grief / That the first face of neither on the start / Can woman me unto't.
- And think it no addition, nor my wish, / To have him see me woman'd .
* fair sex
* weaker vessel
(obsolete) A grandmother.
An old woman, particularly an ugly one.
* 1847 , (Charlotte Bronte), Jane Eyre :
*:... have a curiosity to hear my fortune told: therefore, Sam, order the beldame forward.
* 1982 , (TC Boyle), Water Music , Penguin 2006, p. 6:
- Suddenly the beldam shrieks as if she's been stuck with a dagger, long rasping insuck of breath: ‘Eeeeeeeee!’
* (ugly woman) (l), (l), (l)
* See also