wom·an /ˈwʊmən, ||ˈwo ||ˈwʌ-/
Wom·an n.; pl. Women
1. An adult female person; a grown-up female person, as distinguished from a man or a child; sometimes, any female person.
Women are soft, mild pitiful, and flexible. --Shak.
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman. --Gen. ii. 22.
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.
2. The female part of the human race; womankind.
Man is destined to be a prey to woman. --Thackeray.
3. A female attendant or servant. “ By her woman I sent your message.”
Woman hater, one who hates women; one who has an aversion to the female sex; a misogynist.
Wom·an, v. t.
1. To act the part of a woman in; -- with indefinite it.
2. To make effeminate or womanish. [R.]
3. To furnish with, or unite to, a woman. [R.] “To have him see me woman'd.”
n 1: an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman
kept house while the man hunted" [syn: adult female]
2: women as a class; "it's an insult to American womanhood";
"woman is the glory of creation" [syn: womanhood]
3: a human female who does housework; "the char will clean the
carpet" [syn: charwoman, char, cleaning woman, cleaning
4: 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]
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.