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wom·an / ˈwoŏmən/ • n. (pl. wom·en / ˈwimin/ ) an adult human female. ∎  a female worker or employee. ∎  a wife, girlfriend, or lover: he wondered whether Billy had his woman with him. ∎  a female person associated with a particular place, activity, or occupation: a young American woman. ∎  [in sing.] female adults in general: woman is intuitive. ∎  a female paid to clean someone's house and carry out general domestic duties. ∎  a peremptory form of address to a woman: don't be daft, woman. PHRASES: be one's own womansee own.the little woman a condescending way of referring to a man's wife.my good woman Brit., dated a patronizing form of address to a woman: you're mistaken, my good woman.woman of letters a female scholar or author.woman of the streets dated used euphemistically to refer to a prostitute.woman of the worldsee world.woman to woman in a direct and frank way between two women.DERIVATIVES: wom·an·less adj.wom·an·like / -ˌlīk/ adj.

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woman a woman, a dog, and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they be proverbial saying, late 16th century; the walnut tree was beaten firstly to bring down the fruit, and then to break down long shoots and encourage short fruit-bearing ones.
a woman and a ship ever want mending proverbial saying, late 16th century, meaning that both women and ships require constant attention and expenditure; 2nd century bc in Plautus, ‘whoever wants to acquire a lot of trouble should get himself a ship and a woman. For neither of them is ever sufficiently equipped, and there is never enough means of equipping them.’
a woman's place is in the home proverbial saying, mid 19th century, reflecting the traditional view of a woman's role.
a woman's work is never done proverbial saying, late 16th century, reflecting the traditional responsibilities of the housewife.

See also hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, make an honest woman of, a man is as old as he feels, and a woman as old as she looks, silence is a woman's best garment, a whistling woman and a crowing hen, women.

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woman pl. women OE. wīfman(n) m., later fem., f. wīf woman + man(n) MAN; a formation peculiar to Eng. (not in the oldest OE. records). Assim. of -fm- to -mm- is evident in late OE. sp., and rounding of wim- to wum-, wom- in XIII.
Hence womanish (-ISH1) XIV, womankind XIV, womanly (-LY1) XIII. womanize emasculate XVI; consort XIX.

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WOMAN

WOMAN (ˈwʊmən) World Organization for Mothers of All Nations

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