Definitions for manlyˈmæn li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

man•ly*ˈmæn li(adj.; adv.)-li•er, -li•est

  1. (adj.)having qualities traditionally ascribed to men; virile; not feminine or boyish.


  2. pertaining to or suitable for males:

    manly sports.

  3. (adv.)in the manner of, or befitting, a man.

* Syn.: manly, manful, mannish mean having traits or qualities considered typical of or appropriate to adult males. manly , a term of approval, suggests such admirable traits as maturity and steadiness: a manly acceptance of responsibility.manful , also an approving term, stresses such qualities as courage and strength: a manful effort to overcome great odds.mannish is most often used, esp. derogatorily, in referring to the qualities or accouterments of a woman considered more appropriate to a man: the mannish abruptness of her speech; She wore a severely mannish suit.

Origin of manly:

bef. 900


Princeton's WordNet

  1. manly, manful, manlike(adj)

    possessing qualities befitting a man

  2. male, manful, manlike, manly, virile(adverb)

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

  3. manfully, manly(adverb)

    in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man

    "having said her say Peggy manfully shouldered her burden and prepared to break up yet another home"


  1. manly(Adjective)

    Having the characteristics of a man.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manly

    having qualities becoming to a man; not childish or womanish; manlike, esp. brave, courageous, resolute, noble

  2. Manly(adverb)

    in a manly manner; with the courage and fortitude of a manly man; as, to act manly


  1. Manly

    Manly is a city in Worth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,323 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mason City Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Translations for manly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having the qualities thought desirable in a man, ie strength, determination, courage etc

He is strong and manly.

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