un·​man·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈman-lē How to pronounce unmanly (audio) \
unmanlier; unmanliest

Definition of unmanly

: not manly: such as
a : being of weak character : cowardly

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unmanliness \ ˌən-​ˈman-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce unmanliness (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web But the bunt-against-the-shift is the baseball equivalent of the unmanly underhand free throw. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "A’s are different kind of warriors: drawing fans against the odds," 17 June 2018 Refusing her advances would be awkward, unmanly, gay. Peggy Orenstein, The Cut, "Boys Often Don’t Recognize When They’ve Been Sexually Assaulted," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unmanly

1534, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmanly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmanly. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unmanly

disapproving : not typical of a man or suitable for a man : not manly

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