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OTHER WORDS FROM manlyman·li·ness, noun
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does manly mean?
Manly means having qualities traditionally associated with men, such as courage or strength.
Manly is typically used to describe a man who has qualities (or who display qualities) that are generally considered to be characteristic of a man or manhood, as in He was dressed as a manly lumberjack with a thick beard and big muscles.
It can also be used to describe things that involve, are intended for, are popular among, or are thought to be appropriate for men, as in My grandfather enjoyed manly hobbies like hunting.
Of course, all of these associations are based on gender stereotypes that are often sexist and exclusionary. Manly implies qualities, attributes, and interests that are not exclusive to men, and that do not apply to every man. Anyone can be courageous and strong. Anyone can be good at and enjoy sports or outdoor activities. For these reasons, many people avoid using adjectives like manly and object to their use.
Example: He calls himself a manly man who enjoys manly things like powerlifting and beef stew.
Where does manly come from?
The first records of the word manly come from before 900. The adjective -ly is often used to form adverbs, but it is used here to form an adjective. It means “having the qualities of,” making manly mean “having the qualities a man.”
When used to describe males, manly is nearly always used positively to indicate that they have desirable traits or qualities. When it’s used to describe a woman, however, manly is more often used to accuse her of “acting like a man” or having the traits of a man, implying that this is a bad thing.
The word mannish is also used this way. Words like this are based on society’s concept of gender roles, which are ingrained stereotypes not tied to biology but instead based on traditional notions of how men and women should act.
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How to use manly in a sentence
Basically, to have a relaxing, fulfilling meal, the best bet for the birdies is to look as manly as possible.These female hummingbirds don flashy male feathers to avoid unwanted harassment|Grace Wade|August 26, 2021|Popular-Science
Like the emperor’s eulogizers, Choniates is clear to highlight Komnenos as someone who spent his time in the sun doing manly things.Anti-Blackness and transphobia are older than we thought|Roland Betancourt|June 16, 2021|Washington Post
The two pairs both suffer embarrassments and humiliations on the trip, but the overall effect is that of boys’ story without being a stubbornly manly one.‘Raft of Stars’ takes a cue from Hemingway, then puts a less macho spin on the adventure tale|Mark Athitakis|April 8, 2021|Washington Post
This manly experiment is intended to test the theory of real-life Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud, who has asserted that the normal blood alcohol level of human beings is just too low.Mads Mikkelson Can Do Anything. But He's Stuck in the Boring Oscar-Nominated Another Round|Stephanie Zacharek|March 19, 2021|Time
A person who doesn’t fit their designated type—someone who gets labeled an effete man or a manly woman—seems at odds with the natural order of things.Gender Is What You Make of It - Issue 88: Love & Sex|Charles King|August 5, 2020|Nautilus
There are many others getting their footing, like Androgyny and Original Tomboy, all manly duds for anyone.Look Who’s Wearing The Pants: Haute Butch’s Gender-Blending Style|Nina Strochlic|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's not really sexy but it's hot to watch men doing manly things.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’|Aurora Snow|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For a short time there was Zima Gold, which was slightly amber and almost had bourbon like taste to it — for the manly Zima man.In Japan, Zima Haz No Zexual Preference|Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many found this to echo a Stepford Wife mentality of women: Women like stories and language, not impersonal, cold, manly numbers!Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To.|Tauriq Moosa|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this is the kind of role, both manly and emotional, that launches an actor into the stratosphere.‘Fault in Our Stars’ Hunk Ansel Elgort Wants You to Cry (A Lot)|Kevin Fallon|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other was the spirited portrait of Baron von Friedericks, a happy combination of cavalier and soldier in its manly strength.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
I cannot call that peculiarly manly, which are the peculiar pursuits of the lowest of our species.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
A marvel of manly strength and grace and beauty, thirty years of age or so, and faultlessly dressed.
He was a manly young fellow, a sportsman and renowned at cricket, and she was amiable and pretty, a little blonde beauty.
This was the point of compass revealed by the astrologer as most favourable to the young candidate for manly honours.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike