male

noun
\ ˈmāl How to pronounce male (audio) \

Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a male person : a man or a boy
b : an individual of the sex that is typically capable of producing small, usually motile gametes (such as sperm or spermatozoa) which fertilize the eggs of a female
2 : a plant having stamens but no pistils

male

adjective

Definition of male (Entry 2 of 3)

1a(1) : of, relating to, or being the sex that typically has the capacity to produce relatively small, usually motile gametes which fertilize the eggs of a female
(2) : having or producing only stamens or staminate flowers a male holly
b : characteristic of boys, men, or the male sex a deep male voice
c : made up of usually adult male individuals : consisting of males a male choir
d : designed for or typically used by boys or men a male cologne male contraceptives
e : engaged in or exercised by boys or men A social code that taught women deference to male power in return for protection was upended …— Jane E. Schultz
f : having a quality (such as vigor or boldness) sometimes associated with the male sex
3 : designed with a projecting part for fitting into a corresponding female part a male hose coupling

Male

geographical name
Ma·​le | \ ˈmä-lē How to pronounce Male (audio) \

Definition of Male (Entry 3 of 3)

atoll in the Indian Ocean that is the chief island of the Maldives and contains the nation's capital population 103,693

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Other Words from male

Adjective

maleness \ ˈmāl-​nəs How to pronounce maleness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for male

Synonyms: Noun

bastard, bloke [chiefly British], buck, cat, chap [chiefly British], chappie [British], dude, fella, fellow, galoot [slang], gent, gentleman, guy, hombre, jack, joe, joker, lad, man

Synonyms: Adjective

man-size (or man-sized), manlike, manly, mannish, masculine, virile

Antonyms: Adjective

unmanly, unmasculine

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Examples of male in a Sentence

Noun

She attended a school where there were more males than females. The male of this species assists the female in feeding the young.

Adjective

There were more male than female students. Most extension cords have a male plug on one end and a female plug on the other.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Toothless is an alpha male whose assertion of his supremacy over dragonkind is thwarted and threatened by a sneering dragon hunter, Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), who has devoted his life to exterminating Night Furies. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: Third film soars with extraordinary visuals," 20 Feb. 2019 However, a recent article on gender in 2018 festival lineups found that seven out of 10 artists performing at festivals such as Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball are men or all-male bands. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference," 13 July 2018 More than 80 percent of the minors are teenagers, mostly males, who crossed the border alone. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "HHS secretary says Trump administration rushing to reunite migrant families separated at the border," 5 July 2018 The victim, a male who had yet to be identified Sunday morning, was found critically injured on the north shoulder of Grass Lake Road. Lindsey Salvatelli, Lake County News-Sun, "Authorities looking for suspect in fatal Antioch hit-and-run," 10 June 2018 At the time women’s streetwear brands were just feminized version of the men’s and their advertisements all seemed to cater to the male gaze, Baby Phat centered women. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "The Best Baby Phat Fashion Moments of All Time, Ahead of the Relaunch," 13 Mar. 2019 Our male counterparts have always seemed to be ahead of us, whether that be in business or political positions or even in the head of the house. Willa Bennett, Seventeen, "I Asked 500 Girls Around The World What Being Female Means To Them," 8 Mar. 2019 That said, football is still the most popular sport for high school males. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What a lifetime of playing football can do to the human brain," 4 Feb. 2019 That genetic trait could then get passed down, giving every male that inherits it the capacity to pass their mtDNA to their offspring. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents," 28 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Like many Silicon Valley startup founders, Udashkin was young, male, and white and had access to a network that was willing and able to back Raden. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 This is the case in trioecious nematodes, a type of roundworm with three sexes: male, female and hermaphrodite. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018 Bild Lilli was a single-panel comic character in a German tabloid — a sweet, ditzy, curvy figment of the male imagination, frequently losing her clothes and enjoying the company of men. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019 In the early 1960s, there were no male toy figures popular with boys. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 The 11 people killed on the Deepwater Horizon in 2010 were all men, for example, because jobs on oil rigs are overwhelmingly male. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018 More than 90 percent of the civilians killed or injured in the 2017 incidents were male, according to the justice department report. Angela Hart, sacbee, "California police killed more than 170 civilians in 2017," 10 July 2018 The study also says that the average age of the deaths is 22-years-old and 72.5% of victims were male. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "This Teen Fell Off A Bridge While Trying To Take a Selfie And Broke Almost Every Bone in His Face," 21 Feb. 2019 On the far bank a bull elephant appeared, a big male tusker, a famous figure in these parts. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of male

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for male

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French masle, male, adjective & noun, from Latin masculus — more at masculine

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Malea, Cape

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male

noun

English Language Learners Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a man or a boy : a male person
: a male animal
: a plant that does not produce seed or fruit : a male plant

male

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of male (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the sex that cannot produce young or lay eggs
: characteristic of boys or men
: having members who are all boys or men

male

noun
\ ˈmāl How to pronounce male (audio) \

Kids Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man or a boy
2 : a person or animal that produces germ cells (as sperm) that fertilize the eggs of a female
3 : a plant with stamens but no pistil

male

adjective

Kids Definition of male (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being the sex that fertilizes the eggs of a female
2 : bearing stamens but no pistil a male flower
3 : of or characteristic of men or boys a male singing voice

male

noun
\ ˈmā(ə)l How to pronounce male (audio) \

Medical Definition of male

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an individual that produces small usually motile gametes (as sperm or spermatozoa) which fertilize the eggs of a female

male

adjective

Medical Definition of male (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being the sex that produces gametes which fertilize the eggs of female
2 : designed for fitting into a corresponding hollow part

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