Woman Definition

wo͝omən
women
noun
women
The female human being.
Webster's New World
An adult female human being.
Webster's New World
Women collectively.
Webster's New World
An adult female human belonging to a specified occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination.
An Englishwoman; congresswoman; a saleswoman.
American Heritage Medicine
A female servant.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
cleaning ladycleaning womancharcharwomanfair-sexwomanhoodadult femalewasherwomanhousekeepermaidserving ladycooklaundresscharlady (British)companion
Antonyms:
man
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adjective
Of or characteristic of a woman or women; feminine.
Webster's New World
Being an adult human female.
A woman scientist.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
distaffseductivemuliebralfeminine
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Woman of a (specified) kind, in a (specified) activity, etc.
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verb

To staff with female labor.

Wiktionary

To make effeminate or womanish.

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To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.

To have him see me woman'd. "” Shakespeare.
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suffix

Someone (implied female) who is an expert in an area; e.g. horsewoman, sportswoman.

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Someone (implied female) who is employed or holds a position in an area; e.g newswoman, policewoman.

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Someone (implied female) who has special characteristics relating to an area, e.g. bogeywoman, superwoman.

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idiom
(one's) own woman
  • Independent in judgment or action:

    She has always been her own woman.

American Heritage
to a woman
  • Without exception.
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Other Word Forms of Woman

Noun

Singular:
woman
Plural:
women

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Woman

  • (one's) own woman
  • to a woman

Origin of Woman

  • From Middle English woman, wimman, wifman, from Old English wÄ«fmann (“woman, female servant", literally “female person, female human being"), equivalent to wife +"Ž man. Compare Dutch vrouwmens (“wife", literally “woman-person"). Compare also West Frisian frommes (“woman, girl")(from frou and minske, literally "woman human-being"), Dutch vrouwspersoon (“woman"), German Weibsperson (“female person"), and dialectal German Fraumensch ("woman", literally "woman human-being").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English wimman variant of wīfman wīf woman man person man

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the noun woman.

    From Wiktionary

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