- 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 masculinity
A more rugged version of American masculinity is hard to find on screen.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
What does masculinity look like in a world where men and women alike can be titans?Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement
December 16, 2014
However the American sexual ideal is intimately related to a certain idea of masculinity.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
In other words, another treatise on masculinity from Pizzolatto.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man
November 1, 2014
Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
The question then arises why is the qualification of masculinity required?
Our former ideas of femininity and of masculinity were faulty.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
Poor old Pa was the shining example of masculinity in her eyes.Land of the Burnt Thigh
Edith Eudora Kohl
He also seriously thought that sensitiveness was a part of masculinity.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
These are all of a kind suited to young Japanese masculinity.Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories
Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton
- 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 masculinity
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.
- The quality or condition of being masculine.
- Something traditionally considered to be characteristic of a male.
- Of or relating to men or boys; male.
- Suggestive or characteristic of a man.