Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being unmanly; effeminacy.

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  • noun The property of being unmanly; sissiness; womanliness.

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  • noun the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

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Examples

  • What's even more striking about these persistent allegations of unmanliness is how entirely, well, unsubtle they've been.

    'Man up, Harry Reid!' Mama Grizzlies and our manliness recession

  • There is a battle and they gain the day, and then modesty, which they call silliness, is ignominiously thrust into exile by them, and temperance, which they nick-name unmanliness, is trampled in the mire and cast forth; they persuade men that moderation and orderly expenditure are vulgarity and meanness, and so, by the help of a rabble of evil appetites, they drive them beyond the border.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • There is a battle and they gain the day, and then modesty, which they call silliness, is ignominiously thrust into exile by them, and temperance, which they nickname unmanliness, is trampled in the mire and cast forth; they persuade men that moderation and orderly expenditure are vulgarity and meanness, and so, by the help of a rabble of evil appetites, they drive them beyond the border.

    The Republic

  • There is a battle and they gain the day, and then modesty, which they call silliness, is ignominiously thrust into exile by them, and temperance, which they nick-name unmanliness, is trampled in the mire and cast forth; they persuade men that moderation and orderly expenditure are vulgarity and meanness, and so, by the help of a rabble of evil appetites, they drive them beyond the border.

    The Republic of Plato

  • – ebb and surge through a once-in-a-lifetime cast Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish, Richard Widmark in which the doctors are often nuttier than the patients; or Tea And Sympathy, a halting, mealy-mouthed and profoundly dated attempt to deal, however obliquely, with the taboo of homosexuality, here dubbed "unmanliness".

    Meet Me In St Louis embodies the virtues of a bygone era

  • Tschaikowsky speaks straight to the nerves, with that touch of unmanliness which is another characteristic of modern art.

    Plays, Acting and Music A Book Of Theory

  • Upset at what she might be thinking, at his own unmanliness, he seized her arm.

    Fall

  • Upset at what she might be thinking, at his own unmanliness, he seized her arm.

    Fall

  • One blogger made the Mobius-strip-like argument that if today's men were truly manly they wouldn't be scared away from reading by its reputation for unmanliness.

    Why Men Don't Read Books: Salon Writer Laura Miller Responds To Jason Pinter's HuffPost Blog

  • One blogger made the Mobius-strip-like argument that if today's men were truly manly they wouldn't be scared away from reading by its reputation for unmanliness.

    Why Men Don't Read Books: Salon Writer Laura Miller Responds To Jason Pinter's HuffPost Blog

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  • Today in a fit of unmanliness, I cleaned my brother's chainsaw case inside and out. With soap and water.

    September 23, 2011