virile


vir·ile

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

: 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
:  having the nature, properties, or qualities of an adult male; specifically :  capable of functioning as a male in copulation
3
a :  characteristic of or associated with men :  masculine
b :  having traditionally masculine traits especially to a marked degree
4
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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Rhymes with VIRILE

vir·ile

adjective \ˈvir-əl, ˈvi(ə)r-ˌīl, British also ˈvī(ə)r-ˌīl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VIRILE

1
: having the nature, properties, or qualities of an adult male; specifically : capable of functioning as a male in copulation
2
: characteristic of or associated with men : masculine

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