unmannerly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ mannerly

Adjective[edit]

unmannerly (comparative more unmannerly, superlative most unmannerly)

  1. Not mannerly.
    • c. 1612, William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, Henry VIII, Act IV, Scene 2,[1]
      I humbly do entreat your highness’ pardon;
      My haste made me unmannerly.
    • 1748, Tobias Smollett, The adventures of Roderick Random, London: J. Osborn, Volume I, Chapter 3, p. 17,[2]
      He calmly rebuked my uncle for his unmannerly behaviour, which he said he would excuse on account of his education []
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 121,[3]
      Halloa! whew! there goes my tarpaulin overboard; Lord, Lord, that the winds that come from heaven should be so unmannerly! This is a nasty night, lad.
    • 1917, W. B. Yeats, “The People” in The Wild Swans at Coole, Cuala Press, p. 10,[4]
      ‘What have I earned for all that work,’ I said,
      ‘For all that I have done at my own charge?
      The daily spite of this unmannerly town,
      Where who has served the most is most defamed,

Synonyms[edit]

Adverb[edit]

unmannerly (comparative more unmannerly, superlative most unmannerly)

  1. (obsolete) In a way that is not mannerly.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, Scene 3,[5]
      [] the murderers,
      Steep’d in the colours of their trade, their daggers
      Unmannerly breech’d with gore: