Origin of virile
Examples from the Web for virile
A living, doddering Lee was far less useful to the pitchfork crowd than a hanged, virile Lee would have been.
To travel with her, she tapped Charles Powell, also tall and virile but only 47, “a smoothy” she called him.The Sexy Side of Maggie: How Thatcher Used Her Softer Quality|Gail Sheehy|January 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The last manifestations of Gothic church-building in Spain were neither weak nor decadent, but virile, impressive and logical.Cathedrals of Spain|John A. (John Allyne) Gade
He had a large head set on a large frame of splendid, virile proportions.The Adventures of a Widow|Edgar Fawcett
Thrse observed in silence; her virile glance judged it all mercilessly.Two banks of the Seine|Fernand Vandrem
The Jewish men and the Mahommedan men kept their religion for themselves, a virile religion, where women had little place.The Hearts of Men|H. Fielding
In a huge marquee in Rosebery Park were a score of virile young Australians stripped for the fray.Trooper Bluegum at the Dardanelles|Oliver Hogue
Word Origin for virile
late 15c., from Old French viril, from Latin virilis "of a man, manly," from vir "a man, a hero," from PIE *uiHro "freeman" (cf. Sanskrit virah, Avestan vira-, Lithuanian vyras, Lithuanian vyras, Old Irish fer, Welsh gwr, Gothic wair, Old English wer "man"). Virile member for "penis" is recorded from 1540s.