- designating or pertaining to a plant or its reproductive structure producing or containing microspores.
- (of seed plants) staminate.
Origin of male
Synonyms for male
Antonyms for male
Origin of male-
Related Words for maleboy, guy, father, macho, sir, grandfather, gentleman, brother, fellow, son, husband, gent, Mr., he, manlike, manly, paternal, potent, virile, manful
Examples from the Web for male
Contemporary Examples of male
The breakdown of the 114th Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
In Turkey, crime groups in border areas are exploiting the labor of Syrian male refugees who cannot find legitimate employment.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
Yawer says as a matter of policy, the female peshmerga unit is treated the same as the other male units.
Most female peshmerga fighters were tasked with staffing checkpoints and guarding bases alongside their male counterparts.
Historical Examples of male
She simply lived by her wits, and perhaps by some want of that article in her male friends.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Fabri's wife and another woman were announced as good actresses of male parts.Handel
Edward J. Dent
The two figures in male attire broke into a laugh simultaneously.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
This afternoon a male biped is coming to this house, and he's not coming to see Eileen.Her Father's Daughter
There came a clattering of hoofs on the road and the sound of male voices.In the Valley
Word Origin for male
late 14c., "male human being; male fish or land animal," from Old French masle (adj.) "masculine, male, adult," also used as a noun (12c., Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus "masculine, male, worthy of a man" (cf. Provençal mascle, Spanish macho, Italian maschio), diminutive of mas (genitive maris) "male person or animal, male."
late 14c., from Old French male, masle "male, masculine; a male" (see male (n.)). Mechanical sense of "part of an instrument that penetrates another part" is from 1660s.
probably from Sanskrit maladvipa "garland of islands," from mala "garland" + dvipa "island." Related: Maldivian.