1. in a manner unworthy of a knight.

Origin of unknightly

1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.); see un-1, knightly
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Examples from the Web for unknightly

Historical Examples of unknightly

  • But there is nothing more hateful to me than his unknightly sloth!

  • There seemed something about it unknightly, unkind and cowardly, almost base.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • I would not have the man I am to wed guilty of an unknightly act.

    Margaret Tudor

    Annie T. Colcock

  • When I looked up I am afraid that there was most unknightly water in my eyes.

  • Or is it, rather, because you have committed an unknightly action?

    Sintram and His Companions

    Friedrich de la Motte Fouque