manly

[man-lee]
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adjective, man·li·er, man·li·est.
  1. having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength or bravery.
  2. pertaining to or suitable for males: manly sports.
adverb
  1. Archaic. in a manly manner.

Origin of manly

before 900; Middle English (adj., adv.); Old English manlīc (adj.), manlīce (adv.). See man1, -ly
Related formsman·li·ness, noun

Synonyms for manly

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Manly, manful, mannish mean having the traits or qualities that a culture regards as especially characteristic of or ideally appropriate to adult men. Manly is usually a term of approval, suggesting traits admired by society, such as determination, decisiveness, and steadiness: a manly acceptance of the facts; manly firmness of character. Manful, also a term of approval, stresses qualities such as courage, strength, and fortitude: a manful effort to overcome great odds. Mannish is most often used derogatorily in reference to the traits, manners, or accouterments of a woman that are thought to be more appropriate to or typical of a man: a mannish abruptness in her speech; She wore a severely mannish suit. See also male.

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Related Words for manliness

strength, boldness, courage, virility, manhood

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British Dictionary definitions for manliness

manly

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. possessing qualities, such as vigour or courage, generally regarded as appropriate to or typical of a man; masculine
  2. characteristic of or befitting a mana manly sport
Derived Formsmanliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for manliness
n.

late 14c., from manly + -ness.

manly

adj.

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."

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