One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Inappropriate to or unbefitting a man; beneath the standards of behaviour expected of a man; dishonourable, shameful, ungentlemanly.
2Unlike or uncharacteristic of a man (especially as opposed to a woman or child), or of a human being (as opposed to an animal, supernatural being, etc.).
3Lacking qualities traditionally associated with men, such as courage, fortitude, self-control, etc.; characterized by weakness or timidity; unmasculine, effeminate.
In an unmanly manner; unmanfully; (also) in a manner untypical of a human being (as opposed to an animal). Now rare.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From un- + manlike.
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