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adjective, un·man·li·er, un·man·li·est.
  1. not manly; not characteristic of or befitting a man; weak, timid, or cowardly.
  2. effeminate.
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Origin of unmanly

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, manly
Related formsun·man·li·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Will you or will you not answer for your unmanly and brutal conduct?'

    The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby

    Charles Dickens

  • He was above all mean and unmanly feelings—he would withdraw his objection.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • If I seem cruel and unmanly, it is because I wish to be kind.

  • Did the Dean mean to imply that his conduct hitherto had been unmanly?

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • These troubles did not come all at once and I thought it unmanly to heed them.

British Dictionary definitions for unmanly


  1. not masculine or virile
  2. ignoble, cowardly, or dishonourable
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Derived Formsunmanliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unmanly


"degrading to a human," late 15c. (cf. Middle Dutch onmamlijc, German unmännlich); see unman + -ly (1).

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