Definitions for virileˈvɪr əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. virile(adj)

    characterized by energy and vigor

    "a virile and ever stronger free society"; "a new and virile leadership"

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

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

  3. potent, virile(adj)

    (of a male) capable of copulation


  1. virile(Adjective)

    Being manly; having characteristics associated with being male, such as strength; exhibiting masculine traits to an exaggerated degree such as strength, forcefulness or vigor.

  2. virile(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a grammatical gender used in plurals of some Slavic languages, corresponding to the personal masculine animate nouns.

  3. Origin: From virilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virile(adj)

    having the nature, properties, or qualities, of an adult man; characteristic of developed manhood; hence, masterful; forceful; specifically, capable of begetting; -- opposed to womanly, feminine, and puerile; as, virile age, virile power, virile organs

  2. Origin: [L. virilis, fr. vir a man; akin to AS. wer: cf. F. viril. See Werewolf, World, and cf. Decemvir, Virago, Virtue.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Virile

    vir′il, or vī′ril, adj. of or belonging to a man or to the male sex: masculine: manly.—n. Viril′ity, the state or quality of being a man: the power of a full-grown male: the power of procreation: manhood. [L. virilisvir, a man; cog. with Gr. hērōs, a hero, Old High Ger. wer, a man.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virile in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Susan Sontag:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

  2. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation, 1966:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

  3. Rebecca West:

    In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.

  4. Alfred Jarry:

    The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

  5. Charles Cooley:

    It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity.

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