a) Showing characteristics that are not manly, such as being immature, effeminate or cowardly, which might be construed as an indicator of weakness or of baseness of character.

I do not know which is the worse, he cried, the fraudulent old villain or the unmanly young cub. ...

b) Of or pertaining to something not human.

Hed be wearing white pants and playing lawn tennis presently if he continued to grow much softer and more unmanly.

2. adverb
In a manner that is unmanly.

He had acted unmanly, unworthy of a gentleman.

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