Definition of unfeminine in English:



  • Not having or showing qualities traditionally associated with women.

    ‘people thought it unfeminine for women not to look forward to marriage as the sole hope and purpose of their lives’
    • ‘And to be unfeminine - too masculine, in other words - is to invite savage personal attacks, intense scrutiny, and conjectures about one's sexuality.’
    • ‘People, including many women, tend to picture feminists as unfeminine and men-hating, which is not true, Summers said.’
    • ‘Suddenly feeling very unfeminine and out-of-place in her jeans and t-shirt, Mel subconsciously ran her hands over her clothes to smooth out the wrinkles.’
    • ‘To make a fuss about sexual injustice is more than unfeminine; it is now uncool.’
    • ‘I think the folks at Columbia are calling me unfeminine.’
    • ‘The long War years had made men out of women, who were called upon to do utterly male jobs and had to, therefore, often wear unflattering and unfeminine clothes.’
    • ‘I am still aghast at the pathological curiosity Indian people have about me: my pink face, big nose, strange coloured hair and unfeminine dress code of pyjamas, bandaged feet, curta and bandanna.’
    • ‘When I wasn't starving myself I was actually trying to put weight on, because I felt like an unfeminine freak.’
    • ‘But, for many of my female classmates, their desire to succeed as lawyers was surpassed by their fear of being seen as unfeminine.’
    • ‘A woman being called unfeminine may take different forms.’
    • ‘When women and girls act in anti-social ways, it tends to be treated as unfeminine, and even as a pathological problem.’
    • ‘She practices magic, engages in unfeminine pursuits such as skinning animals, and is associated with an implicitly masculine savagery and violence that the book locates in nature.’
    • ‘Hairy legs on women is considered unfeminine, although it is completely natural.’
    • ‘Women have been socialized so strongly to become mothers that we often feel guilty, unfeminine or a failure if we are not sure whether we want children.’
    • ‘This wonderful guy also had me convinced that I was physically repulsive, unutterably stupid, and had the worst, most unfeminine personality on the planet.’
    • ‘She attributes her accomplishments to the far-sightedness of her father who not only encouraged her in academics but also stood steadfast in his support of her profession that was dubbed unfeminine.’
    • ‘Women usually get the message that anger is unpleasant and unfeminine.’
    • ‘More plausible is the idea that social factors are important: where a boy may be proud of his mathematical ability, one can imagine a girl being embarrassed to excel at a pursuit that is perceived as unfeminine.’
    • ‘They say that stupidity in a woman is unfeminine, and letting an opponent know what you are thinking is more than stupid.’
    • ‘Her character, Havers, is drab and unfeminine, a misfit on the force, but the police she met were quite different.’
    masculine, aggressively masculine, manly, all man, virile, red-blooded, swashbuckling
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