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virile

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adjective vir·ile \ˈvir-əl, ˈvir-ˌī(-ə)l, British also ˈvī(-ə)r-ˌī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of virile

  • : having or suggesting qualities (such as strength and sexual energy) that are associated with men and that are usually considered attractive in men

Full Definition of virile

  1. 1 :  having the nature, properties, or qualities of an adult male; specifically :  capable of functioning as a male in copulation

  2. 2 :  energetic, vigorous

  3. 3 a :  characteristic of or associated with men :  masculine b :  having traditionally masculine traits especially to a marked degree

  4. 4 :  masterful, forceful

vir·ile·ly adverb

Examples of virile

  1. <men were once expected to be interested only in such virile activities as hunting>



Origin of virile

Middle French or Latin; Middle French viril, from Latin virilis, from vir man, male; akin to Old English & Old High German wer man, Sanskrit vīra


First Known Use: 15th century

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VIRILE Defined for Kids

virile

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adjective vir·ile \ˈvir-əl, ˈvir-ˌīl\

Definition of virile

  1. :  having qualities generally associated with men




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virile

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adjective vir·ile \ˈvir-əl, ˈvi(ə)r-ˌīl, British also ˈvī(ə)r-ˌīl\

Medical Definition of virile

  1. 1:  having the nature, properties, or qualities of an adult male; specifically :  capable of functioning as a male in copulation

  2. 2:  characteristic of or associated with men :  masculine




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