[man-fuh l]


having or showing boldness, courage, or strength; resolute.

Origin of manful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at man1, -ful
Related formsman·ful·ly, adverbman·ful·ness, nounun·man·ful, adjectiveun·man·ful·ly, adverbun·man·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for manful

See manly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for manful

Historical Examples of manful

  • The Captain bore the shock of the refusal with, to say the least, manful resignation.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "The boy is fine and honorable and manful, Wayne," said the old lawyer.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • "Your wife is a woman of manful virtue," said the interpreter to Albinik.

  • In what connection can manly be used where manful could not be substituted?

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • Your speeches at Aberdeen are most admirable, manful, and earnest.

British Dictionary definitions for manful



a less common word for manly
Derived Formsmanfully, adverbmanfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for manful

late 14c., "courageous, brave, resolute," from man (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper