What does manly mean?

Definitions for manly
ˈmæn liman·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word manly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manly, manful, manlikeadjective

    possessing qualities befitting a man

  2. male, manful, manlike, manly, virileadverb

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

  3. manfully, manlyadverb

    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. manlyadjective

    Having the characteristics of a man.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Manlyadjective

    Manlike; becoming a man; firm; brave; stout; undaunted; undismayed.

    Etymology: from man.

    As did Æneas old Anchises bear,
    So I bear thee upon my manly shoulders. William Shakespeare.

    Let’s briefly put on manly readiness,
    And meet i’ th’ hall together. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I’ll speak between the change of man and boy
    With a reed voice; and turn two mincing steps
    Into a manly stride. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Serene and manly, harden’d to sustain
    The load of life, and exercis’d in pain. John Dryden, Juv.

    See great Marcellus! how inur’d in toils,
    He moves with manly grace. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. Manlyadverb

    With courage like a man.

    Etymology: from man.


  1. manly

    Manly refers to having qualities or characteristics traditionally associated with men, such as strength, courage, self-reliance, assertiveness, and virility. It implies masculinity, toughness, and ruggedness, and may also include traits such as leadership, honor, and integrity. It's important to note that these attributes can be exhibited by anyone, regardless of their gender.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manly

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

  2. Manlyadverb

    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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. manly

    Having qualities becoming a man; firm; brave; undaunted; noble, etc.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MANLY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Manly is ranked #18337 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Manly surname appeared 1,511 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Manly.

    80.9% or 1,223 total occurrences were White.
    11% or 167 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 38 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 38 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 24 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.3% or 21 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of manly in a Sentence

  1. Theodore Roosevelt:

    I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.

  3. William Wycherley:

    Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures.

  4. W. E. B. Du Bois:

    A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.

  5. Kiryu Kazuma:

    Stop putting people in boxes of Manly or Lady Like. Let people be themselves.

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