a member of the species Homo sapiens or all the members of this species collectively, without regard to gender: The gravesite gives us valuable information about the burial practices of prehistoric man.
the human individual as representing the species, without reference to gender; the human race; humankind: Man hopes for peace, but prepares for war.
a human being; person: to give a man a chance; When the audience smelled the smoke, it was every man for himself.
a husband: I now pronounce you man and wife.
a male lover or sweetheart.
a male follower or subordinate: the king's men; He's the boss's number one man.
a male employee or representative, especially of a company or agency: a Secret Service man; a man from the utility company.
a male having qualities considered typical of men or appropriately masculine: Be a man. The army will make a man of you.
a male servant.
a valet: He asked his man to prepare a valise for the weekend.
an enthusiast or devotee: I like jazz, but I'm essentially a classics man.
Slang. a male friend or ally: You're my main man.
a term of familiar address to a man; fellow: Now, now, my good man, please calm down.
Slang. a term of familiar address to a man or a woman: Hey, man, how's it going?
one of the figures, disks, etc., used in playing certain games, as chess or checkers: You can move your men each turn diagonally forward, to the left or to the right.
the man or the Man ,Slang.
a person or group asserting authority or power over another, especially in a manner experienced as being oppressive, demeaning, or threatening, as the government, an employer, or the police.
a privileged racial group, especially when exerting a dominating social, cultural, or economic influence.
Sometimes da man . a person of impressive accomplishment; one who excels.
a drug dealer.
Obsolete. manly character or courage.
History/Historical. a liegeman; vassal.
to furnish with people, as for service or defense: No matter how complicated war might be, it always comes down to the ones who fly the planes, man the ships, and carry the rifles.
to take one's place at, as for service: to man the ramparts;to man the phones.
to strengthen, fortify, or brace; steel: They took a moment to man themselves for the dangers ahead.
Falconry. to accustom (a hawk) to the presence of people.
Slang. an expression of surprise, enthusiasm, dismay, or other strong feeling: Man, what a ball game!
man up, Informal. to act in a typically masculine way, as in taking responsibility or making tough decisions: He should man up and meet the challenge.
Idioms about man
as one man, in complete agreement or accord; unanimously: They arose as one man to protest the verdict.
be one's own man,
to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent: Now that he has a business he is his own man.
to be in complete command of one's faculties: After a refreshing nap he was again his own man.
Although some editors and writers reject or disregard these objections to man as a generic, many now choose instead to use such terms as human being ( s ), human race, humankind, people, or, when called for by style or context, women and men or men and women. See also -man, -person, -woman.
- man·less, adjective
- man·less·ly, adverb
- man·less·ness, noun
- man·ness, noun
Other definitions for Man (2 of 5)
Isle of, an island of the British Isles, in the Irish Sea. 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km). Capital: Douglas.
Other definitions for -man (3 of 5)
All terms historically ending in -man that designate specific occupations ( foreman; mailman; policeman; repairman; etc.) were dropped in favor of sex-neutral terms in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), published by the U.S. Dept. of Labor in 1977. DOT terms for the occupations listed above are supervisor, mail or letter carrier, police officer (or just officer ), repairer (as in radio repairer ). Many industries and business firms have adopted similar sex-neutral occupational titles.
One -man compound, freshman, is still the term generally used in high schools and colleges and in Congress, and it is applied to all first-year students regardless of their sex. As a modifier, the singular form freshman is used with both singular and plural nouns: a freshman athlete; freshman legislators. See also chairperson, man, -person, -woman.
Other definitions for man. (4 of 5)
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How to use man in a sentence
In the first episode, an officer is shown video of himself shooting and killing a man.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops | Melissa Leon | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
That man was Xavier Cortada, a gay man who wrote of his frustration that he and his partner of eight years were unable to marry.
It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President | Pierre Assouline | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But no more so than the Sodexo building maintenance man or the two cops who were also killed in the crossfire.
He looks like a man who should have had kids, but now never will.
Davy looked around and saw an old man coming toward them across the lawn.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
The supernaturalist alleges that religion was revealed to man by God, and that the form of this revelation is a sacred book.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
He remembered something—the cherished pose of being a man plunged fathoms-deep in business.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
On the thirteenth of the same month they bound to the stake, in order to burn alive, a man who had two religious in his house.
British Dictionary definitions for man (1 of 4)
an adult male human being, as distinguished from a woman
(modifier) male; masculine: a man child
archaic a human being regardless of sex or age, considered as a representative of mankind; a person
(sometimes capital) human beings collectively; mankind: the development of man
Also called: modern man
a member of any of the living races of Homo sapiens, characterized by erect bipedal posture, a highly developed brain, and powers of articulate speech, abstract reasoning, and imagination
any extinct member of the species Homo sapiens, such as Cro-Magnon man
a member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Java man, Heidelberg man, and Solo man
an adult male human being with qualities associated with the male, such as courage or virility: be a man
manly qualities or virtues: the man in him was outraged
a subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
(in combination): the number of man-days required to complete a job
(usually plural) a member of the armed forces who does not hold commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned rank (as in the phrase officers and men)
a member of a group, team, etc
a husband, boyfriend, etc: man and wife
an expression used parenthetically to indicate an informal relationship between speaker and hearer
a movable piece in various games, such as draughts
Southern African slang any person: used as a term of address
a vassal of a feudal lord
as one man with unanimous action or response
be one's own man to be independent or free
he's your man he's the person needed (for a particular task, role, job, etc)
man and boy from childhood
sort out the men from the boys or separate the men from the boys to separate the experienced from the inexperienced
to a man
without exception: they were slaughtered to a man
informal an exclamation or expletive, often indicating surprise or pleasure
to provide with sufficient people for operation, defence, etc: to man the phones
to take one's place at or near in readiness for action
falconry to induce (a hawk or falcon) to endure the presence of and handling by man, esp strangers
- manless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Man (2 of 4)
Black slang a White man or White men collectively, esp when in authority, in the police, or held in contempt
slang a drug peddler
British Dictionary definitions for Man (3 of 4)
Isle of Man an island in the British Isles, in the Irish Sea between Cumbria and Northern Ireland: a UK Crown Dependency (but not part of the United Kingdom), with its own ancient parliament, the Court of Tynwald; a dependency of Norway until 1266, when for a time it came under Scottish rule; its own language, Manx, became extinct in the 19th century but has been revived to some extent. Capital: Douglas. Pop: 86 159 (2013 est). Area: 588 sq km (227 sq miles)
British Dictionary definitions for -man (4 of 4)
indicating a person who has a role, works in a place, or operates equipment as specified: salesman; barman; cameraman
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Other Idioms and Phrases with man
In addition to the idioms beginning with man
- man about town
- man in the street
- man of few words
- man of his word
- man of the moment
- man of the world
- many a
- many hands make light work
- many happy returns
- many is the
- as one (man)
- company man
- dead soldier (man)
- dirty joke (old man)
- every man for himself
- every man has his price
- girl (man) Friday
- hatchet man
- hired hand (man)
- ladies' man
- low man on the totem pole
- marked man
- new person (man)
- no man is an island
- odd man out
- (man) of few words
- one man's meat is another man's poison
- own man
- right-hand man
- see a man about a dog
- to a man
Also see undermen.
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