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.

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. Thucydides:

    The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.

  2. Eleanor Holmes Norton:

    Although formerly enslaved Americans paid for this statue, the design and sculpting process was done without their input or participation, and it shows, the statue fails to depict how enslaved African Americans pressed for their own emancipation. At the time, they had only recently been liberated from slavery and were grateful for any recognition of their freedom. However, in his keynote address at the unveiling of the statue, Frederick Douglass pointedly did not praise the statue, and, indeed, in private remarks, went as far as to say, it ‘showed the Negro on his knee when a more manly attitude would have been indicative of freedom.’.

  3. Juvenal:

    A hairy body, and arms stiff with bristles, give promise of a manly soul.

  4. Carlos Andres Gomez:

    The hope is... that men and boys might start to reconsider the way they want to be manly, what kind of men they want to be, when you start asking questions challenging the status quo for what it means to be a man, it forces men ... to reconsider all these very destructive symptoms of patriarchy.

  5. 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.

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