un·​la·​dy·​like | \ ˌən-ˈlā-dē-ˌlīk How to pronounce unladylike (audio) \

Definition of unladylike

: not becoming or suitable to a lady : not ladylike unladylike behavior/language She looked like she was going to laugh again, but she just gave an unladylike snort and wagged her head.— Jerry Spinelli

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Examples of unladylike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each month the show focuses on a new lady or unladylike theme. Holly Baumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago today | Dec. 9," 9 Dec. 2019 There was also some grumbling about the team’s enthusiastic celebration of its 13-0 victory over Thailand last month, which some folks thought was unseemly (code for unladylike?) given the lopsided score. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How the U.S. women’s soccer team won the World Cup and saved the day," 8 July 2019 Their schedule was an unladylike grind of 115 games from May to September. Andrea Modica, Smithsonian, "Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women’s Baseball Players Took the Field," 23 May 2018 Peeling off layers in front of others is viewed as unladylike (yes, really), which is why The Duchess of Cambridge (and now, Markle) can often be seen wearing a coat or a coat-dress that’s too chic to check. Alice Bell, Vogue, "Becoming Meghan Markle: One Vogue Writer Puts Royal Fashion Protocol to the Test," 19 May 2018 In the sequel, FBI Agent Gracie Hart, who so famously infiltrated a beauty pageant as part of an FBI sting, is back at her unladylike, tough-talking, snort-laughing ways. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "5 Times Miss Congeniality 2 Was Even Better Than the Original," 2 Apr. 2018 Goodness, gracious: the horrible, unnatural, unladylike sounds of mastication - a man should never have to endure those noises coming from a female human. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Doritos developing quieter chips specifically for women," 5 Feb. 2018 Midge takes the stage in a black cocktail dress, two strings of pearls, and opera-length gloves, then dives into a string of raunchy jokes about Joel with a few unladylike f-bombs thrown in for good measure. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Power Dressing The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Way," 9 Jan. 2018 And so Lee began pouring her family fortune into a project that combined the very unladylike world of crime with the domestic arts: the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "How a Gilded Age Heiress Became the 'Mother of Forensic Science'," 14 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unladylike

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Unladylike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unladylike. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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