unmanly


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un·man·ly

 (ŭn-măn′lē)
adj. un·man·li·er, un·man·li·est
Uncharacteristic of, unbecoming to, or degrading to a man, especially in not conforming to stereotypical masculine traits such as stoicism and independence.

un·man′li·ness n.

unmanly

(ʌnˈmænlɪ)
adj
1. not masculine or virile
2. ignoble, cowardly, or dishonourable
unˈmanliness n

un•man•ly

(ʌnˈmæn li)

adj. , -li•er, -li•est.
1. not manly; not characteristic of or befitting a man.
2. effeminate.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unmanly - not possessing qualities befitting a manunmanly - not possessing qualities befitting a man
manful, manlike, manly - possessing qualities befitting a man
2.unmanly - lacking in courage and manly strength and resolutionunmanly - lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
Adv.1.unmanly - without qualities thought to befit a manunmanly - without qualities thought to befit a man

unmanly

adjective effeminate, soft (informal), weak, feeble, sissy, womanish, camp (informal) Your partner may feel that it is unmanly to cry.

unmanly

adjective
2. Having qualities more appropriate to women than to men:
Translations

unmanly

[ˈʌnˈmænlɪ] ADJimpropio de un hombre
it is unmanly to crylos hombres no lloran, llorar no es propio de un hombre

unmanly

adj tears, behaviourunmännlich; (= cowardly)feige; (= effeminate)weibisch
References in classic literature ?
Jo wanted to lay her head down on that motherly bosom, and cry her grief and anger all away, but tears were an unmanly weakness, and she felt so deeply injured that she really couldn't quite forgive yet.
The manner of the scout was seriously impressive, though no longer distinguished by any signs of unmanly apprehension.
Sawyer, that a more unmanly, brutal treatment of a little pony it was never my painful lot to witness, and by giving way to such passion you injure your own character as much, nay more, than you injure your horse; and remember, we shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be toward man or toward beast.
I had to encourage the men constantly, to keep them from giving way to their unmanly fears.
There are some things so unmanly, so unkind, and so cruel," said Agatha, "that I cannot understand any gentleman saying them to a girl.
Silver, if you like," cried the squire; "but as for that intolerable humbug, I declare I think his conduct unmanly, unsailorly, and downright un-English.
So was Seth, for, through Lisbeth's obstinate refusal to have any woman-helper in the house, he had learned to make himself, as Adam said, "very handy in the housework," that he might save his mother from too great weariness; on which ground I hope you will not think him unmanly, any more than you can have thought the gallant Colonel Bath unmanly when he made the gruel for his invalid sister.
There is nothing unmanly in that: it has been the amusement of philosophers, of statesmen in retirement; even I think of great captains.
In the very height of their emotion they knew it to be unmanly or unladylike.
And she said it in a tone that seemed to imply I had suggested some unmanly outrage.
And so, exulting over an honorable confidence which to his degraded instinct was a ludicrous "simplicity," this unmanly Abelard seduced the niece of the man whose guest he was.
He was dumfounded; his head suddenly began to ache furiously; but he did not want them to think him unmanly.