pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire.
having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to the gender of Latin, Greek, German, French, Spanish, Hebrew, etc., which has among its members most nouns referring to males, as well as other nouns, as Spanish dedo, “finger,” German Bleistift, “pencil.”
(of a woman) mannish.
the masculine gender.
a noun or other element in or marking that gender.
- mas·cu·line·ly, adverb
- mas·cu·lin·i·ty, mas·cu·line·ness, noun
- hy·per·mas·cu·line, adjective
- hy·per·mas·cu·line·ly, adverb
- hy·per·mas·cu·line·ness, noun
- hy·per·mas·cu·lin·i·ty, noun
- non·mas·cu·line, adjective
- non·mas·cu·line·ly, adverb
- non·mas·cu·line·ness, noun
- non·mas·cu·lin·i·ty, noun
- pseu·do·mas·cu·line, adjective
- su·per·mas·cu·line, adjective
- su·per·mas·cu·lin·i·ty, noun
- ul·tra·mas·cu·line, adjective
- un·mas·cu·line, adjective
- un·mas·cu·line·ly, adverb
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How to use masculine in a sentence
A more rugged version of American masculinity is hard to find on screen.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
What does masculinity look like in a world where men and women alike can be titans?
However the American sexual ideal is intimately related to a certain idea of masculinity.
We are looking the same, acting the same, and mimicking masculinity the same.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’ | Tim Teeman | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In other words, another treatise on masculinity from Pizzolatto.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man | Teo Bugbee | November 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Breezy freshness, strong masculinity, and almost reckless abandon in the literary texture and dramatic inventions.The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
In spite of her aggressive masculinity, she is somehow made in her way really attractive.
She stared without speaking at his square face, fierce with determination—at his roused, dominating masculinity.To Him That Hath | Leroy Scott
Whistling merrily he strode on into the dim cool bar, with its heavy brown fixtures and solid atmosphere of masculinity.Death Makes A Mistake | P.F. Costello
She preferred masculinity sublimated, so to speak—purified by the processes of art.Gray youth | Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for masculine
possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a man; manly
denoting a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some male animate referents
(as noun): German ``Weg'' is a masculine
- masculinely, adverb
- masculinity or rare masculineness, noun
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