- 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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- 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 non-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.