What does virile mean?

Definitions for virileˈvɪr əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. virile(adj)

    characterized by energy and vigor

    "a virile and ever stronger free society"; "a new and virile leadership"

  2. male, manful, manlike, manly, virile(adj)

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

  3. potent, virile(adj)

    (of a male) capable of copulation


  1. virile(Adjective)

    Being manly; having characteristics associated with being male, such as strength; exhibiting masculine traits to an exaggerated degree such as strength, forcefulness or vigor.

  2. virile(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a grammatical gender used in plurals of some Slavic languages, corresponding to the personal masculine animate nouns.

  3. Origin: From virilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virile(adj)

    having the nature, properties, or qualities, of an adult man; characteristic of developed manhood; hence, masterful; forceful; specifically, capable of begetting; -- opposed to womanly, feminine, and puerile; as, virile age, virile power, virile organs

  2. Origin: [L. virilis, fr. vir a man; akin to AS. wer: cf. F. viril. See Werewolf, World, and cf. Decemvir, Virago, Virtue.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Virile

    vir′il, or vī′ril, adj. of or belonging to a man or to the male sex: masculine: manly.—n. Viril′ity, the state or quality of being a man: the power of a full-grown male: the power of procreation: manhood. [L. virilisvir, a man; cog. with Gr. hērōs, a hero, Old High Ger. wer, a man.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virile in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Susan Sontag:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Rebecca West:

    In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.

  4. Alfred Jarry:

    The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

  5. Andrew Marr:

    Just months after my return home, I, a 32-year-old once-virile male, was experiencing libido issues, we already had four children, waiting on our fifth, and my wife was thinking, ‘We have an enormous problem here. He doesn’t love me anymore.’ I didn’t know what was happening to me. I thought I just needed time.

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