Plural of woman.
bluestockingism 1. the state of being a pedantic or literal-minded woman. 2. behavior characteristic of such a woman. —bluestocking, n., adj. coverture Law. the status of a married woman. emmenology that branch of medicine that deals with menstruation and its related disorders. femicide 1. the murder of a woman. 2. the murderer of a woman. Also called gynecide, gynaecide. —femicidal, adj. gunocracy gynecocracy. gynarchy a form of government by a woman or women. Also called gynecocracy. —gynarchic, adj. gynecocracy rule by women. Also called gunocracy, gyneocracy, gynaeocracy. gynecolatry, gynaecolatry the worship of women. Also gyneolatry. —gynecolater, n. gynecology the branch of medical science that studies the diseases of women, especially of the reproductive organs. —gynecologist, n. —gynecologic, gynecological, adj. gynecopathy any illness that afflicts only women. —gynecopathic, gynaecopathic, adj. gynephobia, gynophobia an abnormal fear or hatred of women. —gynephobe, n. gyniatrics the medical field dealing with women’s dieases. hoydenism ill-bred, boisterous, or tomboyish behavior in a woman. —hoyden, n. —hoydenish, adj. maenadism behavior characteristic of a maenad or bacchante; raging or wild behavior in a woman. matriarchate 1. a matriarchal form of government. 2. a family, tribe, or other social group ruled by a matriarch or matriarchs. —matriarchic, adj. matriarchy 1. a community in which the mother or oldest female is the supreme authority, and descent is traced through the female line. 2. government by females, with one as supreme. —matriarchist, n. —matriarchic, matriarchical, adj. misogyny a hatred of women —misogynist, n. nubility the condition of being marriageable, especially in reference to a woman’s age or physical development. —nubile, adj. parthenolatry the worship of virgins. parthenology Physiology. the study of virginity. philogyny a love of or liking for women. —philogynist, n. —philogynous, adj. pudicity modesty, especially chastity or chastefulness. sexism the practice of discriminating against women in job opportunities, salary levels and increases, and in other matters now generally considered to be equally the right of women. —sexist, n., adj. sorority a fellowship or association of women, as for a benevolent or charitable purpose or at a college. suffragettism militant advocacy of suffrage for women. See also politics.
- Plural form of woman
- Three women went for a walk.
- women's lib
From Old English wÄ«fmenn, from wÄ«f + menn.