Etymology
Advertisement

unmanly (adj.)

late 15c., "degrading to a human,"from un- (1) "not" + manly (adj.). Similar formation in Middle Dutch onmamlijc, German unmännlich. Meaning "not having the qualities or attributes of a man" (as opposed to a woman or child) is from 1540s. Old English had unmennisclic "inhuman" (adj.); unmann (n.) "monster; wicked man."

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of unmanly
1
unmanly (adj.)
not possessing qualities befitting a man;
Synonyms: unmanful / unmanlike
unmanly (adj.)
lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful;
Synonyms: pusillanimous / poor-spirited
2
unmanly (adv.)
without qualities thought to befit a man;
Synonyms: unmanfully
From wordnet.princeton.edu