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manly

adverb man·ly \ ˈman-lē \

Definition of manly

: in a manly manner

First Known Use of manly

before 12th century


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manly

adjective

Definition of manly

manlier; manliest
1 : having qualities generally associated with a man : strong, virile
2 : appropriate in character to a man
  • manly sports

manliness

noun

Examples of manly in a Sentence

  1. He wasn't manly enough to fight.

  2. He has a deep, manly voice.

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First Known Use of manly

13th century


MANLY Defined for English Language Learners

manly

adjective

Definition of manly for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing qualities (such as strength or courage) that are expected in a man


MANLY Defined for Kids

manly

adjective man·ly \ ˈman-lē \

Definition of manly for Students

manlier; manliest
: having or showing qualities (as strength or courage) often felt to be proper for a man
  • a manly voice

manliness

noun


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