A little girl behaving in a very ladylike manner.
Crossing your legs gently at the ankles in a proper feminine way is an example of behavior that would be described as ladylike.
- Characteristic of a well-mannered woman or girl who adheres to traditional norms of propriety and femininity: “As soon as boys can walk they are encouraged to do sports, while rambunctious girls are urged to be more ladylike” (Steve Olson).
- Appropriate to such a woman or girl, as in being restrained or delicate: “She ate a small, ladylike forkful of her mashed potatoes” (Martha Southgate).
(comparative more ladylike, superlative most ladylike)
lady + -like