male

male adj Male, masculine, manly, manlike, mannish, manful, virile are comparable when meaning of, characteristic of, or like a male, especially of the human species.
Male (opposed to female) applies to animals and plants as well as to human beings and stresses the fact of sex
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a male tiger

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a male willow tree

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male children

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a male choir

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Masculine (opposed to feminine) alone of these words may imply grammatical gender
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masculine nouns and pronouns

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but it characteristically applies to features, attributes, or qualities which belong to men rather than to women
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he was a big, active, masculine creature— Deland

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the masculine character lying behind the lofty idealism of Sung painting— Binyon

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his poetry is masculine, plain, concentrated, and energetic— Landor

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it's a masculine sort of town . . . with solidity rather than style, dignity rather than sparkle, graciousness rather than graceJoseph

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Masculine is sometimes interchangeable with male
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the masculine part of the audience

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although this is largely a masculine disease, about 5 per cent of the patients are women— Fishbeiri

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Manly (often opposed to boyish or, from another point of view, to womanly) is used to qualify whatever evidences the qualities of a fully developed man
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manly virtues

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It often specifically suggests the finer qualities of a man (as courage, frankness, and independence) or the physical characters and skills which come with maturity; it is applicable not only to men but to boys
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his big manly voice, turning again toward childish treble— Shak.

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what more manly exercise than hunting?— Walton

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it was amusing to watch the manly coolness with which the announcement was taken— Meredith

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Manlike (often opposed to womanlike) is more apt to suggest characteristically masculine qualities or, especially, foibles
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manlike bluntness

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from long association with men she had learnt a manlike reticence— H. S. Scott

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Often manlike suggests reference to man in the more general sense of the word and therefore means little more than human or like human beings
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there were a dozen or more of the hairy manlike creatures upon the ground— Blue Book

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Mannish (often contrasted with womanish or effeminate)applies chiefly to women or their dress, gait, and manners, when they suggest masculinity rather than femininity
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a woman impudent and mannish grown— Shak.

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a mannish costume

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those who dislike . . . mannish headgear, might try his simple but feminine small hats— Lois Long

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Manful differs from manly chiefly in its greater stress on sturdiness and resoluteness
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a manful effort to gain self-control

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his life has been one manful struggle against poverty— Trollope

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Virile (a stronger word than masculine and opposed to puerile or, in specific sense, to impotent) suggests such qualities of fully developed manhood as aggressiveness, masterfulness, forcefulness, and in a specific sense, procreativeness. It differs from manly and manful in being applied only to mature men
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virile controversialists— Inge

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a virile style

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ye chiefly, virile both to think and feel, deep-chested Chapman and firm-footed Ben— J. R. Lowell

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the virile story of a little man, his big wife, and his bigger bull— Atlantic

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Antonyms: female
Contrasted words: feminine, womanly, womanlike, womanish, ladylike (see FEMALE)

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