What does masculine mean?

Definitions for masculine
ˈmæs kyə lɪnmas·cu·line

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. masculineadjective

    a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male

  2. masculineadjective

    of grammatical gender

  3. masculineadjective

    associated with men and not with women

  4. masculineadjective

    (music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable

    "a masculine cadence"; "the masculine rhyme of `annoy, enjoy'"


  1. masculineadjective

    pertaining to male humans, men:

  2. masculineadjective

    in many inflected languages:

  3. Etymology: From masculin, from masculinus, diminutive of masculus, itself a diminutive of mas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MASCULINEadjective

    Etymology: masculin, Fr. masculinus, Latin.

    Pray God, she prove not masculine ere long! William Shakespeare.

    His long beard noteth the air and fire, the two masculine elements exercising their operation upon nature being the feminine. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    O! why did God,
    Creator wise! that peopl’d highest heav’n
    With spirits masculine, create at last
    This novelty on earth, this fair defect
    Of nature? John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    You find something bold and masculine in the air and posture of the first figure, which is that of virtue. Addison.


  1. masculine

    Masculinity (also called manhood or manliness) is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles associated with men and boys. Masculinity can be theoretically understood as socially constructed, and there is also evidence that some behaviors considered masculine are influenced by both cultural factors and biological factors. To what extent masculinity is biologically or socially influenced is subject to debate. It is distinct from the definition of the biological male sex, as anyone can exhibit masculine traits. Standards of masculinity vary across different cultures and historical periods.


  1. masculine

    Masculine generally refers to qualities or attributes traditionally associated with men. This can include aspects such as strength, aggressiveness, or assertiveness. It can be used to describe physical characteristics, behaviors, roles, or identity associated with males or masculinity. Note that the interpretation of what is considered 'masculine' can vary across different cultures and societies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Masculineadjective

    of the male sex; not female

  2. Masculineadjective

    having the qualities of a man; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; virile; not feminine or effeminate; strong; robust

  3. Masculineadjective

    belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males

  4. Masculineadjective

    having the inflections of, or construed with, words pertaining especially to male beings, as distinguished from feminine and neuter. See Gender

  5. Etymology: [L. masculinus, fr. masculus male, manly, dim. of mas a male: cf. F. masculin. See Male masculine.]


  1. Masculine

    Associated with men; befitting or characteristic of a man.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Masculine

    mas′kū-lin, adj. of the male sex: having the qualities of a man: resembling a man, or suitable to a man: robust: of a woman, bold, forward, unwomanly: denoting nouns which are names of males.—n. (gram.) the masculine gender.—adv. Mas′culinely.—ns. Mas′culineness, Masculin′ity. [Fr.,—L. masculinusmasculus, male—mas, a male.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Grk. _maskos_, girl, and _eukolos_, easy. Easy for the girls.

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Anagrams for masculine »

  1. calumnies

  2. manicules

  3. simulance

  4. semuncial

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of masculine in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of masculine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of masculine in a Sentence

  1. Courtney Hartman:

    I think it's because we're at a time socially (when) people are afraid that boys will be gay or they will be the next Caitlyn Jenner if they are not traditionally masculine, which of course that's fine if they are, but that's not fine with everyone and that seems to be a fear.

  2. Carlos Andres Gomez:

    A lot of people told me I couldn't be a boy and soft, a boy and not masculine.

  3. Deniese Kennedy-Kollar:

    Our gun culture is very heavily masculine, it is seen as manly to be identified with guns.

  4. Emily Blunt:

    So you see this girl going through pretty much the worst three days of her life, she tries to maintain face for most of it so ... I didn't really think about adjusting it to make it more masculine.

  5. Corinne Lepage:

    What I quickly found embarrassing is the contradiction between the bottom-up approach that was promised and sold to the French, and the reality, it's democratic centralism, the Soviet way. Completely vertical. And also very masculine.

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