Boyishness


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Boyishness

See also Mannishness.
Drew, Nancy
tall, slender, boyish, girl detective. [Children’s Lit.: Bungalow Mystery]
Jo
tall, awkward tomboy in March family. [Am. Lit.: Little Women]
Oakley, Annie
(1860–1926) American markswoman with boyish style. [Am. Hist.: Century Cyclopedia, 2993]
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It is evident even on our first glimpse of him, as a precocious Oxford poet in A Question of Upbringing, that Members is embarked on building a reputation rather than a body of work: he emphasizes his boyishness with a floppy fringe and arranges himself in picturesque attitudes.
The suggestion of boys, who by their very boyishness pose "no sexual threat" (Wiegman 97), might have further eroded the legitimacy of the charge of rape.
To her, Joe's small town boyishness and inquisitiveness seem out of place.
Moreover, by rendering the constraints of companionship in terms of differences of physical pace, Stevenson locates himself as a solitary liminal figure whose own mode of walking--intermittent progress interspersed with periods of idleness--suggests a youthful boyishness, between the athleticism of a mature muscular masculinity and the feebly-executed and socially-constrained "mince" of a girl (118).
As there is something of the 'Old Adam' in all but the holiest men and in them enough to make them understand it in others so there is an old Adam of barbarism, boyishness, wildness, rawness, rankness, the disreputable, the unrefined in the refined and educated.
Laura, now 27 and seven years his senior, had been chasing him for six months, bowled over by his gentle boyishness.
LEFT: There's a rosy-cheeked boyishness about him still - but William's smouldering good looks are beginning to emerge by Christmas 1998 as he wraps up against the cold for the family's traditional church service at Sandringham, Norfolk
As juvenile literature from this period attests, schooldays were supposed to be the pinnacle of existence and perennial boyishness was allowed even much later in life.
They can be characterized by a certain degree of masculinity or boyishness, "male attire" is often adopted "because the wearer feels more at home in them," and there is nearly always "a disdain for the petty feminine artifices of the toilet" (pp.
In Langston's winsome brown boyishness, however, she saw a noble young savage; he was the Indian child she had perhaps once wished to nurture.
HE has a certain amount of boyishness and manliness about him, Michael thinks.
She "works" as a 1920s icon, but her modernist boyishness is skin-deep, a mere projection of the man's insensitive and controlling desire.