manful

adjective

man·​ful ˈman-fəl How to pronounce manful (audio)
: having or showing courage and resolution
manfully adverb
manfulness noun

Examples of manful in a Sentence

he made the manful decision to stick by his friends when everyone else had abandoned them
Recent Examples on the Web Intermittent fasting was of a piece with an interest in manful self-improvement via stoicism. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2024 Camping with a rogue dynamiter, Siringo stuck elk horns into two neighboring peaks and claimed to have named the mountains in honor of their manful bond. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 The other deputies smiled, ready to toast the capital with manful drafts of vodka. Alex Halberstadt, Town & Country, 9 Oct. 2015 The other deputies smiled, ready to toast the capital with manful drafts of vodka. Alex Halberstadt, Town & Country, 9 Oct. 2015

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'manful.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manful was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near manful

Cite this Entry

“Manful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manful. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

manful

adjective
man·​ful ˈman-fəl How to pronounce manful (audio)
: having or showing courage
manfully adverb
manfulness noun
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!