- pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire.
- having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness.
- Grammar. noting or pertaining to the gender of Latin, Greek, German, French, Spanish, Hebrew, etc., which has among its members most nouns referring to males, as well as other nouns, as Spanish dedo, “finger,” German Bleistift, “pencil.”
- (of a woman) mannish.
- the masculine gender.
- a noun or other element in or marking that gender.
Origin of masculine
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Examples from the Web for masculine
Then it says masculine and feminine roles are distinct in the Bible.Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist
June 12, 2014
As a grad student, I believed that ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ were tools of patriarchal oppression.Why I Finally Let My Girls Be Girly
May 17, 2014
Every person is made up of a mix of masculine and feminine features.Study: Voters Want Their Female Politicos to Look Like Ladies
May 15, 2014
But to be clear, masculine aggression has always typified and justified Republican foreign policy.The GOP’s Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy
April 22, 2014
And his small-scale sculpture Avarice and Lust (1887) embodies the two sins via a masculine form entangled with a female one.Mapplethorpe’s Artistic Twin
April 8, 2014
It arose, I imagine, from an excess of the masculine element in his nature.Weighed and Wanting
But, at that moment, to Dr. Eben it looked large and masculine.Hetty's Strange History
The boy gave her the superior smile of the masculine creature.Stories of a Western Town
I told him that most of masculine Denboro fished or farmed or kept store.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
But since then it has had time and opportunity to become strong, bold, masculine, potential.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
- possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a man; manly
- denoting a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some male animate referents
- (as noun)German ``Weg'' is a masculine
Word Origin and History for masculine
mid-14c., "belonging to the male grammatical gender;" late 14c., "of men, male," from Old French masculin "of the male sex" (12c.), from Latin masculinus "male, of masculine gender," from masculus "male, masculine; worthy of a man," diminutive of mas (genitive maris) "male person, male," of unknown origin. Meaning "having the appropriate qualities of the male sex, manly, virile, powerful" is first attested 1620s. As a noun from mid-15c.
- Of or relating to men or boys; male.
- Suggestive or characteristic of a man.