manly

[ man-lee ]
/ ˈmæn li /

adjective, man·li·er, man·li·est.

having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength or bravery.
pertaining to or suitable for males: manly sports.

adverb

Archaic. in a manly manner.

Nearby words

  1. manky,
  2. manley,
  3. manlike,
  4. manlikely,
  5. manliness,
  6. manmade,
  7. mann,
  8. mann act,
  9. mann, heinrich,
  10. mann, horace

Origin of manly

before 900; Middle English (adj., adv.); Old English manlīc (adj.), manlīce (adv.). See man1, -ly

SYNONYMS FOR manly
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.

Related formsman·li·ness, noun

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manly

/ (ˈmænlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

possessing qualities, such as vigour or courage, generally regarded as appropriate to or typical of a man; masculine
characteristic of or befitting a mana manly sport
Derived Formsmanliness, noun

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