noun, plural men.
- a person or group asserting authority or power over another, especially in a manner experienced as being oppressive, demeaning, or threatening, as an employer, the police, or a dominating racial group.
- a person or group upon whom one is dependent, as the drug supplier for an addict.
verb (used with object), manned, man·ning.
- 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.
Origin of man1
SYNONYMS FOR man
Related formsman·less, adjectiveman·less·ly, adverbman·less·ness, nounman·ness, noun
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.
Examples from the Web for manless
He seemed a gentle spirit, and I withheld all mention of the stalwart and manless wood-cutter.A Florida Sketch-Book|Bradford Torrey
During the greater part of dinner she was sitting speechless,—not only loverless, but manless.Is He Popenjoy?|Anthony Trollope
Though Annesley Grayle was the only manless woman in the foyer, the people who sat there—with one exception—did not stare.The Second Latchkey|Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
There should be State-aided colonization, so as to bring the landless man to the manless lands.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
He knocked on the door of the house which he knew to be manless, and waited until it was opened by Elviry Prooner.The Roof Tree|Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for manless (1 of 3)
noun plural men (mɛn)
- 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 subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
- (in combination)the number of man-days required to complete a job
- without exceptionthey were slaughtered to a man
verb mans, manning or manned (tr)
Derived Formsmanless, adjective
Word Origin for man
British Dictionary definitions for manless (2 of 3)
noun the Man (sometimes not capital) US
British Dictionary definitions for manless (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with manless
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.