girlish vs schoolgirlish what difference

what is difference between girlish and schoolgirlish



girl +‎ -ish


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɝlɪʃ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɜːlɪʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)lɪʃ


girlish (comparative more girlish, superlative most girlish)

  1. Like (that of) a girl; feminine.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter 2, [1]
      She saw her own face, glowing with girlish beauty, and illuminating all the interior of the dusky mirror in which she had been wont to gaze at it.
    • 1885, W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado, Act I, [2]
      Three little maids from school are we, / Pert as a school-girl well can be, / Filled to the brim with girlish glee, / Three little maids from school!
    • 1898, William Watson, “Song” in The Hope of the World and Other Poems, London: John Lane, p. 41, [3]
      April, April, / Laugh thy girlish laughter; / Then, the moment after, / Weep thy girlish tears!
  2. (archaic) Of or relating to girlhood.
    • 1602, Richard Carew, The Survey of Cornwall, London: E. Law, 1769, pp. 119-20, [4]
      This village was the birth-place of Thomasine Bonauenture, I know not, whether by descent, or euent, so called: for whiles in her girlish age she kept sheepe on the foreremembered moore, it chanced that a London merchant passing by, saw her [] .

Derived terms

  • girlishly
  • girlishness
  • ungirlish


See also

  • schoolgirlish

See also

  • boyish
  • womanish



schoolgirl +‎ -ish


schoolgirlish (comparative more schoolgirlish, superlative most schoolgirlish)

  1. Resembling or characteristic of a schoolgirl.
    • 1996, Carol Becker, Zones of Contention (page 129)
      This moment of disrobing might be a bit of eroticism in an otherwise almost anti-erotic piece about sexuality, but it is defrayed by her white cotton girl’s underpants and 50s-style cotton bra. She is made to look too schoolgirlish here to be really provocative.
    • 2011, Sharon Kendrick, Monarch of the Sands
      Last night she’d even dreamt about him—some stupid, schoolgirlish fantasy which seemed to involve him riding in the desert on one of his favoured black stallions and scooping her into the saddle in front of him []

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