- having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength or bravery.
- pertaining to or suitable for males: manly sports.
- Archaic. in a manly manner.
Origin of manly
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Examples from the Web for manly
There are many others getting their footing, like Androgyny and Original Tomboy, all manly duds for anyone.Look Who’s Wearing The Pants: Haute Butch’s Gender-Blending Style
October 24, 2014
For a short time there was Zima Gold, which was slightly amber and almost had bourbon like taste to it — for the manly Zima man.In Japan, Zima Haz No Zexual Preference
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 13, 2014
Many found this to echo a Stepford Wife mentality of women: Women like stories and language, not impersonal, cold, manly numbers!Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.
July 17, 2014
When your son gets older, you might encourage him to do manly and practical things, like building bridges or dams.A Few Good Books for Dads
John Elder Robison
June 14, 2013
Perhaps unsurprisingly, many folks regard the manly appeal these pols are peddling as a bad thing.Squishes, Step Aside: Ted Cruz and Chris Christie’s Old-School Manliness
May 13, 2013
"I'll do it, sir," said I to the Mayor, with a manly curtness.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Therefore, after a moment's consideration, he spoke up, with a firm and manly voice.Tanglewood Tales
This appeal to manly protection was received by Stevie with his usual docility.The Secret Agent
We had hauled our manly tacks aboard, and had no thoughts of plunder.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The bridegroom's frank and manly countenance was radiant with joy.Night and Morning, Complete
- possessing qualities, such as vigour or courage, generally regarded as appropriate to or typical of a man; masculine
- characteristic of or befitting a mana manly sport