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    Antonym of "girlie"

    As the 3rd meaning of "girlie", Macmillan Dictionary says "Suitable for girls and women rather than boys or men".
    girlie - definition of girlie by Macmillan Dictionary
    I' looking for an antonym of "girlie" of this meaning.

    For example, a young couple who have daughters but no son invite an another couple with a little son to their house. They have dolls but they don't have toy cars.
    "Sorry we don't have any ( ) stuff in this house. We only have daughters."

    This Wikitionary page says "butch", "manly", "masculine" are antonym of "girlie", but they don't seem to fit in this case.
    girly - Wiktionary
    "Boyish" doesn't seem to fit, either. Could anyone tell me a suitable word please?

    (I don't mean to discriminate on the basis of gender.)

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    I really can't think of one. As grownups, the same problem occurs. We still refer to women's clothing, accessories etc as "girly" if they're a bit pink and childish but there's no adjective for the equivalent clothing etc for men. Adult men's clothing can be described as "blokey" but we would be more likely to use that if a woman was wearing masculine-type clothes.

    I should point out that technically, "girly" should only be used to refer to people, not to inanimate objects.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-May-2012 at 12:52. Reason: Strikethrough inappropriate statement

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I should point out that technically, "girly" should only be used to refer to people, not to inanimate objects.
    I disagree. For me, 'girly/girly things, activities, games, toys, clothes, magazines, speech', etc are quite commonly heard.

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I disagree. For me, 'girly/girly things, activities, games, toys, clothes, magazines, speech', etc are quite commonly heard.
    I actually agree with you. I use it in the same way, but in the first five online dictionaries I used, they all defined it as "describing a person who has girlish or effeminate qualities" or similar, none gave it as a standard adjective which meant "suitable for girls". I thought it best to reflect the dictionary definitions but once you'd posted your thoughts on the matter, I went back to a few more sources and found that both uses are given.

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    Thank you.
    So, what would native speakers say in the above situation?
    Something like "We don't have toys for boys?"

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    "Any boy stuff" would work for me.

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    I see, thank you!

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    We don't have any boy toys.
    We don't have any boys' toys.
    We don't have any toys for boys.
    We dont have any toys aimed at boys.

    We only really have girls' toys.
    We only really have girly stuff.

    One word of warning about the use of "girly/girlie". It's rather old-fashioned but in the 1970s and 1980s "girly magazines" were what we called pornographic magazines.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-May-2012 at 20:21. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    One word of warning about the use of "girly/girlie". It's rather old-fashioned but in the 1970s and 1980s "girly magazines" that's what we called pornographic magazines.
    Yes, and "boy toy" has another meaning too.

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    Re: Antonym of "girlie"

    What about "boyish"?

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