[ uhn-man-lee ]
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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.

Origin of unmanly

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, manly

Other words from unmanly

  • un·man·li·ness, noun

Words Nearby unmanly

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How to use unmanly in a sentence

  • He caught himself in the act of listening to you too credulously—and that seemed to him unmanly and dishonorable.

    Confidence | Henry James
  • But it was base and unmanly, to make capital for sport of the weakness of a woman—a child, compared with himself!

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • I felt sometimes like a person wishing to cry, but I thought it would be unmanly to cry.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Many of them also produce an altogether unmanly, effeminate, bashful, and timid impression.

  • You—youll have to excuse me, captain, for seeming so unmanly weak, the doctor proffered shakily.

    Cursed | George Allan England

British Dictionary definitions for unmanly


/ (ʌnˈmænlɪ) /

  1. not masculine or virile

  2. ignoble, cowardly, or dishonourable

Derived forms of unmanly

  • unmanliness, noun

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