What does man mean?

Definitions for man

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word man.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. man, adult male(noun)

    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

    "there were two women and six men on the bus"

  2. serviceman, military man, man, military personnel(noun)

    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force

    "two men stood sentry duty"

  3. man(noun)

    the generic use of the word to refer to any human being

    "it was every man for himself"

  4. homo, man, human being, human(noun)

    any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

  5. man(noun)

    a male subordinate

    "the chief stationed two men outside the building"; "he awaited word from his man in Havana"

  6. man(noun)

    an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)

    "the army will make a man of you"

  7. valet, valet de chambre, gentleman, gentleman's gentleman, man(noun)

    a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer

    "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"

  8. man(noun)

    a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman

    "she takes good care of her man"

  9. Man, Isle of Man(noun)

    one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea

  10. man, piece(noun)

    game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

    "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board"; "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"

  11. world, human race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans, mankind, man(verb)

    all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

    "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"

  12. man(verb)

    take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place

    "Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"

  13. man(verb)

    provide with workers

    "We cannot man all the desks"; "Students were manning the booths"


  1. Man(ProperNoun)

    Manitoba, a province of Canada

  2. Man(ProperNoun)

    The genus Homo.

  3. Man(ProperNoun)

    The Isle of Man

  4. Man(ProperNoun)

    Humankind in general.

  5. MAN(Noun)

    Metropolitan Area Network; a large computer network usually spanning a city.

  6. Origin: From mannen, from mannian, gemannian, from mann. Cognate with mannen, mannen, manna, manna.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Man(noun)

    a human being; -- opposed tobeast

  2. Man(noun)

    especially: An adult male person; a grown-up male person, as distinguished from a woman or a child

  3. Man(noun)

    the human race; mankind

  4. Man(noun)

    the male portion of the human race

  5. Man(noun)

    one possessing in a high degree the distinctive qualities of manhood; one having manly excellence of any kind

  6. Man(noun)

    an adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject

  7. Man(noun)

    a term of familiar address often implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste; as, Come, man, we 've no time to lose!

  8. Man(noun)

    a married man; a husband; -- correlative to wife

  9. Man(noun)

    one, or any one, indefinitely; -- a modified survival of the Saxon use of man, or mon, as an indefinite pronoun

  10. Man(noun)

    one of the piece with which certain games, as chess or draughts, are played

  11. Man(verb)

    to supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like; to guard; as, to man a ship, boat, or fort

  12. Man(verb)

    to furnish with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify

  13. Man(verb)

    to tame, as a hawk

  14. Man(verb)

    to furnish with a servants

  15. Man(verb)

    to wait on as a manservant

  16. Origin: [AS. mann, man, monn, mon; akin to OS., D., & OHG. man, G. mann, Icel. mar, for mannr, Dan. Mand, Sw. man, Goth. manna, Skr. manu, manus, and perh. to Skr. man to think, and E. mind. 104. Cf. Minx a pert girl.]


  1. Man

    A man is an adult human male. Like most other male mammals, a man's genome inherits an X chromosome from his mother and a Y chromosome from his father. The male fetus produces larger amounts of androgens and smaller amounts of estrogens than a female fetus. This difference in the relative amounts of these sex steroids is largely responsible for the physiological differences that distinguish men from women.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Man

    man, n. a human being: mankind: a grown-up male: a male attendant: one possessing a distinctively masculine character: a husband: a piece used in playing chess or draughts: a ship, as in man-of-war: a word of familiar address:—pl. Men.—v.t. to supply with men: to strengthen or fortify:—pr.p. man′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. manned.—ns. Man′-at-arms, a soldier; Man-child, a male child: a boy; Man′dom (rare), humanity, men collectively; Man′-eat′er, a cannibal: a tiger; Man′-en′gine, an elevator for raising and lowering men in some deep mines.—adj. Man′ful, having the qualities of a man: full of manliness: bold: courageous: noble-minded.—adv. Man′fully.—ns. Man′fulness; Man′-hole, a hole in a drain, cesspool, &c., large enough to admit a man, for the purpose of cleaning or repairing it; Man′hood, state of being a man: manly quality: human nature; Man′kind, the kind or race of man: the mass of human beings.—adj. Man′-like, having the appearance, characteristics, or qualities of a man.—n. Man′liness.—adj. Man′ly, becoming a man: brave: dignified: noble: pertaining to manhood: not childish or womanish.—n. Man′-mill′iner, a man engaged in millinery—often in contempt.—adjs. Man′-mind′ed (Tenn.), having the mind or qualities of a man; Man′nish, like a man: masculine: bold.—ns. Man′-of-war, a war-ship: (B.) a soldier; Man′-of-war's-man, a man who serves on board a war-ship; Man′-quell′er (Shak.), a man-killer, a murderer; Man′slaughter, the slaying of a man: (law) the killing of any one unlawfully, but without malice or forethought; Man′slayer, one who kills a man; Man′stealer, one who steals human beings, esp. to make slaves of them; Man′trap, a trap or machine for catching people who trespass.—Man about town, a fashionable idler, dangling about clubs, theatres, &c.; Man alive! an exclamation of surprise; Man Friday, a servile attendant, factotum—from Robinson Crusoe's man; Man in the moon, a fancied semblance of a man walking in the moon, with a bush near, and his dog behind him; Man of business, an agent or a lawyer; Man of (his) hands, a handy, clever fellow; Man of letters, a scholar and writer; Man of sin, the devil: Antichrist; Man of straw, a person put in the front of some business, but who is not really responsible; Man of the world, a person well accustomed to the ways and dealings of men. [A.S. mann; Ger. mann, Dut. man, L. masmans, a male, Sans. manu, a man.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. man

    1. A super-simian. 2. Holy dicebox of the devil. 3. God's scrapbook. 4. Anything allowed to stand at a public bar. 5. A biped with feathers in his or her hat. 6. A being said to be the highest work of God--and who admits it. 7. Any creature that creates a Creator in his own image. 8. A god in the crib.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. MAN

    Something that "Goes first on four feet, then two feet, then three, but the more feet it goes on the weaker it be!"

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. man

    A ship is frequently spoken of as man; as man-of-war, merchantman, Guineaman, East or West Indiaman, Greenlandman, &c.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. man

    To supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like. Also, to supply with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify.

Editors Contribution

  1. MAN

    Man of God

    Submitted by anonymous on January 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'man' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #129

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'man' in Written Corpus Frequency: #271

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'man' in Nouns Frequency: #5

Anagrams for man »

  1. AMN, MNA, 'Nam, 'nam, Nam

How to pronounce man?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of man in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of man in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of man in a Sentence

  1. Tony Stark:

    I am iron man

  2. Tony Stark:

    I am Iron Man.

  3. Vulgate:

    Behold the man.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    I am my own man.

  5. Ifan Joko:

    He is a good man.

Images & Illustrations of man

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