adjective, man·li·er, man·li·est.
Origin of manly
Examples from the Web for manliness
Later, after taking his own shirt off in a supposed show of manliness, Dre freaked out when Andre Jr. copied him.
Another tradition of manliness would point them toward discipline, sacrifice, and self-denial.Alleged Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger and the Twisted Cult of Modern Masculinity|James Poulos|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The reason, Foster argues, is that impotence implies a lack of virility, a lack of manliness.What the Sex Lives of the Founding Fathers Reveal About Us|Eric Herschthal|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perched atop a mountain of wavy, pulled-back hair is a mangled ball of manliness, a holdover from the days of the samurai.
I doubt you could have prevented the killing of their female partners by redefining their sense of manliness.Pundits Pin Blame for Murderer Jovan Belcher on Everything But Him|Buzz Bissinger|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Lady Jane Grey, when on the scaffold, yielded nothing in manliness to the others.Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope
In spite of his conceded mentality and manliness he gave the impression of being something of an intellectual sharper.Marse Henry (Vol. 2)|Henry Watterson
Some are of opinion that we must show our manliness by continuing the struggle.The Peace Negotiations|J. D. Kestell
All that he had said as to the manliness of conquering grief had been wise enough.The Duke's Children|Anthony Trollope
He was not coercive nor restrictive; he was an inspiration to effort and to manliness of conduct.Dickens As an Educator|James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
adjective -lier or -liest
c.1200, "human; characteristic of human beings," from man (n.) + -ly (1). Sense of "possessing virtues proper to a male person" (resoluteness, steadfastness, reliability) is from early 13c. Meaning "masculine" is attested from late 14c. Old English had werlic "male, masculine, manly."