What does MALE mean?

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ˈmɑ leɪ, -liMALE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malenoun

    an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)

  2. male, male personnoun

    a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies

  3. Maleadjective

    the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands

  4. maleadjective

    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation

    "a male infant"; "a male holly tree"

  5. male, manful, manlike, manly, virileadjective

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

  6. maleadjective

    for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys

    "the male lead"; "the male population"


  1. malenoun

    Someone of male, masculine gender, whether human, (sexual) animal or (sexual) plant

    Etymology: male, borrowed from masle, malle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus, diminutive of mas.

  2. malenoun

    A member of the sex that has organs which produce sperm

    Etymology: male, borrowed from masle, malle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus, diminutive of mas.

  3. maleadjective

    Belonging to the sex which produces sperm.

    Etymology: male, borrowed from masle, malle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus, diminutive of mas.

  4. maleadjective

    Pertaining to or associated with men, or male animals

    Etymology: male, borrowed from masle, malle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus, diminutive of mas.

  5. maleadjective

    Inherently characteristic of the male of a species

    Etymology: male, borrowed from masle, malle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus, diminutive of mas.

  6. maleadjective

    Of instruments or tools: designed to fit into or penetrate a "female" counterpart, as in a connector or pipe fitting

    Etymology: male, borrowed from masle, malle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus, diminutive of mas.

  7. Malénoun

    The capital of the Maldives

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maleadjective

    evil; wicked; bad

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  2. Malenoun

    same as Mail, a bag

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  3. Maleverb

    of or pertaining to the sex that begets or procreates young, or (in a wider sense) to the sex that produces spermatozoa, by which the ova are fertilized; not female; as, male organs

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  4. Maleverb

    capable of producing fertilization, but not of bearing fruit; -- said of stamens and antheridia, and of the plants, or parts of plants, which bear them

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  5. Maleverb

    suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of a male; masculine; as, male courage

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  6. Maleverb

    consisting of males; as, a male choir

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  7. Maleverb

    adapted for entering another corresponding piece (the female piece) which is hollow and which it fits; as, a male gauge, for gauging the size or shape of a hole; a male screw, etc

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  8. Malenoun

    an animal of the male sex

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]

  9. Malenoun

    a plant bearing only staminate flowers

    Etymology: [L. malus. See Malice.]


  1. Male

    A male organism is the physiological sex which produces sperm. Each spermatozoon can fuse with a larger female gamete, or ovum, in the process of fertilization. A male cannot reproduce sexually without access to at least one ovum from a female, but some organisms can reproduce both sexually and asexually. Most male mammals, including male humans, have a Y chromosome, which codes for the production of larger amounts of testosterone to develop male reproductive organs. Not all species share a common sex-determination system. In most animals, including humans, sex is determined genetically, but in some species it can be determined due to social, environmental or other factors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Male

    māl, n. (Spens.) mail, armour.

  2. Male

    māl, adj. masculine: pertaining to the sex that begets (not bears) young: (bot.) bearing stamens.—n. one of the male sex: a he-animal: a stamen-bearing plant.—n. Male′-fern, an elegant fern, with the fronds growing in a crown.—Male order, in architecture, the Doric order; Male rhymes, those in which only the final syllables correspond; Male screw, a screw whose threads correspond to and enter the spiral grooves of the female screw. [O. Fr. male—L. masculus, male—mas, a male.]

Editors Contribution

  1. male

    A type of human being with a penis that produces sperm at a specific age of maturity and development.

    The male species are very beautiful and we call them gentlemen.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Male

    that sex having organs for the production of spermatozoa: designated by "?", the astronomical sign for Mars. {Scanner's comment: The sign for Mars being an diagonal arrow rising from a circle, and pointing upwards towards the right.}

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    Rank popularity for the word 'MALE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1116

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MALE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2622

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MALE' in Nouns Frequency: #1038

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MALE' in Adjectives Frequency: #139

Anagrams for MALE »

  1. amel, Elam, Elma, lame, lamé, leam, lema, meal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MALE in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MALE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of MALE in a Sentence

  1. Harry Vincent:

    They’re trying to make me out to be the classic bigoted hateful white male, that’s the complete opposite of what I am.

  2. Anais Nin:

    I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated. I don’t mind being told to stand on my own feet, not to cling, be all that I am capable of doing, but I am going to be pursued, fucked, possessed by the will of a male at his time, his bidding.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Praying mantis cuts off the male's head. Guillotine: the erection of crowds. (Mante religieuse coupe la tête du mâle. Guillotine: l'érection des foules)

  4. Brigid Brophy:

    I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.

  5. Severin Meiland:

    Are you a male tired of using your right hand because of lack of sexual partners? Use the left hand.

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    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
    • A. bowel
    • B. apex
    • C. odometer
    • D. temptation

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