(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
The female sex
1. female, womankind, womanhood, femininity, muliebrity; fair sex, weaker sex; feminist, suffragist (see choice); women's liberation or movement, feminism, NOW; mommy track. See humanity, populace.
2. madam, madame, mistress, Mrs., Ms., lady, donna, belle, matron, dowager, goody, gammer; matriarch; crone (see evildoer); good woman, goodwife; squaw; wife (see marriage); matronhood; miss, mademoiselle, bachelorette; spinster; girl, lass (see youth). Informal, sweater or pinup girl. Slang, babe, jane, fox, broiler, baggage, beaver, bitch goddess, cherry, chicken, doll, filly, sweet young thing, forbidden fruit, jail bait, bantam, quail, wench, nooky, pussy, skirt, snatch, [beach] bunny; calico, piece of stuff, frail, dame, skirt, broad, hammer, sister, tamale, tomato, [piece of] ass, poon[tang], bed-bunny, canvasback, bimbo, bimbette, bunny, chippy, cupcake, gash, groupie, band rat or moll; [piece of] tail, chassis, sexpot, [easy] lay, easy ride; pink[toes], Miss Ann, Miss Lillian; raven beauty, black velvet, shady lady, café au lait, sapphire, stone fox, brown sugar, brown-skin baby.
a. emancipated or liberated woman, feminist, new woman, s/he; femme fatale. Slang, bra burner.
b. androgyne. Slang, jezebel, virago.
c. lesbian, female homosexual, sapphist, tribade. Slang, bull[-dyke], [diesel or granola] dyke, butch, fem[me], gal-boy, fellagirly, lesbo, tootsie, wolf, jasper, velcro, crunchie, lipstick, fairy lady, lesbyterian.
d. effeminate, panty-waist, weak sister, sissy, old woman, fribble.
e. prostitute (see impurity); nymphomaniac (see sex).
4. (female animal) hen, bitch, sow, doe, roe, mare, she-goat, nanny-goat, ewe, cow, heifer, filly, jenny, vixen, lioness, tigress.
Verbs — feminize, womanize, emasculate.
1. female, feminine; womanly, ladylike, matronly; womanish, effeminate, unmanly, sissified, old-womanish; maternal; girlish, maidenly. Slang, foxy.
2. lesbian, gay, in the life, bi[sexual]. Slang, ambidextrous.
Phrases — the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world; a woman's place is in the home; a woman's work is never done; girls will be girls.
Quotations — A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle (Gloria Steinem), If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves? (Mary Astell), I want to be something so much worthier than the doll in the doll's house (Charles Dickens), I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differ me from a doormat or a prostitute (Rebecca West), Woman is the nigger of the world (Yoko Ono), Woman was God's second blunder (Friedrich Nietzsche), The female of the species is more deadly than the male (Rudyard Kipling), A woman is a sometime thing (Du Bose Heyward/Ira Gershwin), In my youth there were words you couldn't say in front of a girl; now you can't say "girl" (Tom Lehrer), Woman's at best a contradiction still (Alexander Pope).
Antonyms, see male.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Feminine]
Syn. womanly, womanlike, ladylike; see feminine 2 .
2. [Belonging to the female sex]
Syn. oviparous, reproductive, fertile, childbearing, pistillate, pistil-bearing, of the female gender, distaff, ""more deadly than the male,'' she*.
Ant. masculine, male*, staminate.
Syn. woman, lady, girl; see woman
See Synonym Study at woman .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
girl, woman, lady, *she, femme, gal, matron, sister.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of women: distaff, feminine, womanish, womanly. See GENDER.

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