Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun distaff

2 senses of distaff

Sense 1
distaff -- (the sphere of work by women)
       => sphere, domain, area, orbit, field, arena -- (a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit")

Sense 2
distaff -- (the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning)
       => staff -- (a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff")

Antonyms of adj distaff

1 sense of distaff

Sense 1
female, distaff -- (characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage")

INDIRECT (VIA feminine) -> masculine -- (associated with men and not with women)

Similarity of adj distaff

1 sense of distaff

Sense 1
female, distaff -- (characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage")
       => feminine (vs. masculine) -- (associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition")

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