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]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, womenfolks