[muh-noo r, -nyoo r]


excrement, especially of animals, or other refuse used as fertilizer.
any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.

verb (used with object), ma·nured, ma·nur·ing.

to treat (land) with fertilizing matter; apply manure to.

Nearby words

  1. manuka,
  2. manuka honey,
  3. manukau,
  4. manumission,
  5. manumit,
  6. manus,
  7. manuscript,
  8. manutius,
  9. manutius, aldus,
  10. manville

Origin of manure

1350–1400; Middle English manouren to till, cultivate < Middle French manouvrer to do manual work. See maneuver

Related formsma·nur·er, nounma·nu·ri·al, adjectivema·nu·ri·al·ly, adverbwell-ma·nured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manure



animal excreta, usually with straw, used to fertilize land
mainly British any material, esp chemical fertilizer, used to fertilize land


(tr) to spread manure upon (fields or soil)
Derived Formsmanurer, noun

Word Origin for manure

C14: from Medieval Latin manuopera; manual work; see manoeuvre

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