feminine wiles definition, feminine wiles meaning | English dictionary

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1    suitable to or characteristic of a woman  
a feminine fashion     
2    possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a woman  
3    effeminate; womanish  
4      (Grammar)  
a    denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some female animate referents  
b    (as n)  
German Zeit ``time'' and Ehe ``marriage'' are feminines     
     (C14: from Latin femininus, from femina woman)  
  femininely      adv  
  feminineness      n  

feminine ending  
      n     (Prosody)   an unstressed syllable at the end of a line of verse  
feminine rhyme  
      n     (Prosody)   a rhyme between words in which one, two, or more unstressed syllables follow a stressed one, as in elation, nation or merrily, verily  
   Compare       masculine rhyme  
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