[ uhn-man-lee ]
/ ʌnˈmæn li /

adjective, un·man·li·er, un·man·li·est.

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
Related formsun·man·li·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unmanly


/ (ʌnˈmænlɪ) /


not masculine or virile
ignoble, cowardly, or dishonourable
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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