Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Uncharacteristic of, unbecoming to, or degrading to a woman, especially in not conforming to stereotypical feminine traits such as modesty and reserve.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not womanly; unbecoming a woman; unfeminine.
  • In a manner unbecoming a woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Not womanly; unfeminine.

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

  • adjective not womanly

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ womanly

Examples

  • So the best substitute is to call her unwomanly instead.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • I suppose this is what you would call unwomanly; but I have got into

    The Awakening

  • I suppose this is what you would call unwomanly; but I have got into a habit of expressing myself.

    The Awakening

  • I suppose this is what you would call unwomanly; but I have got into a habit of expressing myself.

    The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

  • Her mother thought her lifeless and insensible; she even went so far as to call her unwomanly in her indifference to what any other woman would regard as an opportunity for a brilliant career.

    That Fortune

  • Her mother thought her lifeless and insensible; she even went so far as to call her unwomanly in her indifference to what any other woman would regard as an opportunity for a brilliant career.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • We are called unwomanly for our advocacy of this priceless boon to women.

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II

  • "You know that none of them have ever approved of my I 'unwomanly' interests," she retorted sourly.

    red dust

  • I remember some awful prat trying to stop my SK from tanking because it was "unwomanly".

    Play What You Are

  • Written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck, the superb first half of the movie shows a woman with "unwomanly" qualities-pride, shyness and social indifference-who is nevertheless attractive and desirable, even while chewing out diners who don't appreciate her fare.

    Bad Women Make Me Feel Good

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.