[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 manfully

Historical Examples of manfully

  • The learning to take it manfully is what as individuals we get out of it.

  • The other was John Grueby, who had stood by him so manfully at Westminster.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • So long as hope remained to us we struggled on manfully enough.

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • Ay, I could do it manfully, too, if I were not carrying along with me memories of long ago.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Phil manfully works for a year cancelling his father's debt, and then escapes.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for manfully



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

c.1400, from manful + -ly (2). Old English had manlice "manfully, nobly."



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

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