- having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
- considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
- gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.
Origin of chivalrous
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Examples from the Web for unchivalrous
"Damn the women," was the unchivalrous thought that rose to George's lips.The Sturdy Oak
Samuel Merwin, et al.
I'll be done with him for one,' added the unchivalrous friend.The Wrong Box
Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Yielding to circumstances he accepted what he bluntly pronounced, ungenerous and unchivalrous terms.The Civil War Through the Camera
Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
The rest lay upon the hillside,—some past help, and all exposed to the fire of an unchivalrous foe.The White Shield
But he loved her, and he would have deemed it unchivalrous to let her feel now that their relation to one another had changed.Barbara Blomberg, Complete
- gallant; courteous
- involving chivalry
Word Origin and History for unchivalrous
mid-14c., from Old French chevaleros "knightly, noble, chivalrous," from chevalier (see chevalier; also cf. chivalry). According to OED, obsolete in English and French from mid-16c. Not revived in French, but brought back in English late 18c. by romantic writers fond of medieval settings.