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.

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. Erik Denison:

    We often find that male coaches continue to use homophobic language and teach conformity to this tough masculine athlete identity that doesn't really exist.

  2. Kelly Dittmar:

    We're seeing gendered and racialized images and messages from both men and women candidates, some of the things we're watching in this regard are efforts to align with masculine preferences of a Trump base of Republicans.

  3. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation, 1966:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

  4. Camille Paglia:

    In the theory of gender I began from zero. There is no masculine power or privilege I did not covet. But slowly, step by step, decade by decade, I was forced to acknowledge that even a woman of abnormal will cannot escape her hormonal identity.

  5. Cristian Parvulescu:

    Christian Orthodox countries are masculine societies where justice is the result of negotiation.

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