Definition of unladylike in US English:



  • Not appropriate for or typical of a well-bred woman or girl.

    ‘Sharon gave an unladylike snort’
    • ‘She may be unladylike, but she certainly was not uncivilized!’
    • ‘This caused me to appear unladylike by squinting to read the contract that lay on the table before me.’
    • ‘Cal snorted in an extremely unladylike and inelegant way, and spoke to her girlfriend.’
    • ‘The girl gave an unladylike snort and returned to her conversation.’
    • ‘Charlotte snorted in a very unladylike manner.’
    • ‘But poured into a wine glass, because pint glasses are also unladylike.’
    • ‘Brittany gushed, shoving her hand into her bag in the most unladylike way - honestly, you'd think I've never been kind enough to try to right her many wrongs, but does she listen?’
    • ‘The people were obviously quite shocked by her unladylike behaviour but recovered quickly to see how the other girl would react.’
    • ‘As I plunged; or jumped, arms flailing, into the icy river, my unladylike descent was watched in complete disbelief by Horrified Friend and about 10 blokes.’
    • ‘And an unladylike girl like you will never get a boyfriend.’
    • ‘She asked me so many things, about magic and vampires until we both were yawning in a way that my grandmother would have called unladylike.’
    • ‘Unlike her somewhat clumsy, unladylike friend, Crystal was a born Lady.’
    • ‘Dolly was close to incandescent in her outrage, and swore at me in a most unladylike manner.’
    • ‘‘Maybe it's because it's considered unladylike to shove the whole thing in your mouth at once,’ I offered.’
    • ‘It simply wouldn't do if such unladylike words slipped from thoughts to speech.’
    • ‘I had to bite my lip in order to keep from saying something rude and unladylike, even for the heir to a war lady's territory.’
    • ‘My large, stupid smile almost developed into a burst of loud, unladylike laughter.’
    • ‘And what an elegant arm it will be - free of those unladylike biceps that result from particular physical activities in which you won't be partaking.’
    • ‘She was failing miserably though as I heard her snort in an unladylike manner.’
    • ‘British ‘sauce’ was added by way of Harcourt's lecherous leanings and the women's frank discussions on subjects once deemed unladylike.’
    insensitive, inconsiderate, thoughtless, unthinking, indelicate, undiplomatic, impolitic, indiscreet, unsubtle, clumsy, heavy-handed, graceless, awkward, unpolished, inept, bungling, maladroit, gauche, undiscerning, unsophisticated
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