1. an adult female person (as opposed to a man);
- Example: "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
[syn: woman, adult female]
2. a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man;
- Example: "he was faithful to his woman"
3. a human female employed to do housework;
- Example: "the char will clean the carpet"
- Example: "I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write"
[syn: charwoman, char, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, woman]
4. women as a class;
- Example: "it's an insult to American womanhood"
- Example: "woman is the glory of creation"
- Example: "the fair sex gathered on the veranda"
[syn: womanhood, woman, fair sex]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Woman \Wom"an\, v. t. 1. To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it. --Daniel. [1913 Webster] 2. To make effeminate or womanish. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To furnish with, or unite to, a woman. [R.] "To have him see me woman'd." --Shak. [1913 Webster] WomanheadThe Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Woman \Wom"an\, n.; pl. Women. [OE. woman, womman, wumman, wimman, wifmon, AS. w[imac]fmann, w[imac]mmann; w[imac]f woman, wife + mann a man. See Wife, and Man.] [1913 Webster] 1. An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person. [1913 Webster] Women are soft, mild pitiful, and flexible. --Shak. [1913 Webster] And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman. --Gen. ii. 22. [1913 Webster] I have observed among all nations that the women ornament themselves more than the men; that, wherever found, they are the same kind, civil, obliging, humane, tender beings, inclined to be gay and cheerful, timorous and modest. --J. Ledyard. [1913 Webster] 2. The female part of the human race; womankind. [1913 Webster] Man is destined to be a prey to woman. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 3. A female attendant or servant. " By her woman I sent your message." --Shak. [1913 Webster] Woman hater, one who hates women; one who has an aversion to the female sex; a misogynist. --Swift. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
woman n 1: an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted" [syn: woman, adult female] [ant: adult male, man] 2: a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man; "he was faithful to his woman" [ant: man] 3: a human female employed to do housework; "the char will clean the carpet"; "I have a woman who comes in four hours a day while I write" [syn: charwoman, char, cleaning woman, cleaning lady, woman] 4: women as a class; "it's an insult to American womanhood"; "woman is the glory of creation"; "the fair sex gathered on the veranda" [syn: womanhood, woman, fair sex]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
63 Moby Thesaurus words for "woman": Eve, Frau, adult, better half, common-law wife, concubine, dame, daughter of Eve, distaff, distaff side, domina, donna, dowager, doxy, fair sex, female sex, feme, feme covert, femininity, femme, frow, gentlewoman, girl, goodwife, goody, grown man, grownup, helpmate, helpmeet, kept mistress, kept woman, lady, lass, legalis homo, little, major, man, married woman, matron, mature man, milady, mistress, no chicken, old lady, old woman, paramour, playmate, rib, second sex, softer sex, squaw, unofficial wife, vrouw, wahine, weaker sex, weaker vessel, wedded wife, wife, womanhood, womankind, women, womenfolk, womenfolksThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 May 2012):
A replacement for the Unix man documentation browsing command. Version 1.157 of woman runs under/on 386BSD, OSF, Apollo Domain/OS, BSD, HP-UX, IBM RS-6000, Irix, Linux, Solaris, Sony NEWS, SunOS, Ultrix, Unicos. Posted to comp.sources.reviewed Volume 3, Issue 50 on 05 Jul 1993 by Arne Henrik Juul , archive-name woman-1.157. FTP USC, USA (ftp://usc.edu/archive/usenet/sources/comp.sources.reviewed/volume3/woman-1.157/). FTP Imperial, UK (ftp://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/usenet/comp.sources.reviewed/volume3/woman-1.157/). (1995-03-21)Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Woman was "taken out of man" (Gen. 2:23), and therefore the man has the preeminence. "The head of the woman is the man;" but yet honour is to be shown to the wife, "as unto the weaker vessel" (1 Cor. 11:3, 8, 9; 1 Pet. 3:7). Several women are mentioned in Scripture as having been endowed with prophetic gifts, as Miriam (Ex. 15:20), Deborah (Judg. 4:4, 5), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), Noadiah (Neh. 6:14), Anna (Luke 2:36, 37), and the daughters of Philip the evangelist (Acts 21:8, 9). Women are forbidden to teach publicly (1 Cor. 14:34, 35; 1 Tim. 2:11, 12). Among the Hebrews it devolved upon women to prepare the meals for the household (Gen. 18:6; 2 Sam. 13:8), to attend to the work of spinning (Ex. 35:26; Prov. 31:19), and making clothes (1 Sam. 2:19; Prov. 31:21), to bring water from the well (Gen. 24:15; 1 Sam. 9:11), and to care for the flocks (Gen. 29:6; Ex. 2:16). The word "woman," as used in Matt. 15:28, John 2:4 and 20:13, 15, implies tenderness and courtesy and not disrespect. Only where revelation is known has woman her due place of honour assigned to her.The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
WOMAN, n. An animal usually living in the vicinity of Man, and having a rudimentary susceptibility to domestication. It is credited by many of the elder zoologists with a certain vestigial docility acquired in a former state of seclusion, but naturalists of the postsusananthony period, having no knowledge of the seclusion, deny the virtue and declare that such as creation's dawn beheld, it roareth now. The species is the most widely distributed of all beasts of prey, infesting all habitable parts of the globe, from Greenland's spicy mountains to India's moral strand. The popular name (wolfman) is incorrect, for the creature is of the cat kind. The woman is lithe and graceful in its movement, especially the American variety (_felis pugnans_), is omnivorous and can be taught not to talk. Balthasar Pober