unmanly

adjective

un·​man·​ly ˌən-ˈman-lē How to pronounce unmanly (audio)
unmanlier; unmanliest
: not manly: such as
a
: being of weak character : cowardly
unmanliness noun

Examples of unmanly in a Sentence

He felt unmanly because he wasn't interested in sports. I disagree that dancing is an unmanly pursuit. My father told me that it's unmanly to cry.
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Word History

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unmanly was in 1534

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“Unmanly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmanly. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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unmanly

adjective
un·​man·​ly ˌən-ˈman-lē How to pronounce unmanly (audio)
ˈən-
: not manly: as
a
: being of weak character : cowardly
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