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Definition of "manly" []

  • Having qualities traditionally attributed to a man. (adjective)
  • Belonging to or befitting a man; masculine. See Synonyms at male. (adjective)
  • In a manly manner. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "manly" in a sentence
  • "He likes manly desserts, what I call manly dessert, meaning, you know, dessert-dessert."
  • "So too in the case of flattery we must observe and be on our guard against wastefulness being called liberality, and cowardliness prudence, and madness quick-wittedness, and meanness frugality, and the amorous man called social and affectionate, and the term manly applied to the passionate and vain man, and the term civil applied to the paltry and mean man."
  • "He must make up his mind to lay aside what he calls his manly instincts and personal independence, and resolve to submissively obey all order of his superiors without a murmur, even though they are not stated exactly in accordance with the rules of syntax, laid down by Lindley Murray."