Definitions

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being unmanly; effeminacy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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 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

  • 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

  • Monty says snidely, and Mr. Edwards blushes, aware of the unmanliness of his domestic performance. 29

    Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood

  • If peeing sitting down is some sort of example of unmanliness, then what exactly is unmanliness?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Stand Up and Urinate Like a Man:

  • Thou craven villain (for that is the only name my tongue can find for thee, a foul reproach on thy unmanliness), comest thou to me, thou, most hated foe of gods, of me, and of all mankind?

    Medea

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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