manly

adverb
man·​ly | \ ˈman-lē How to pronounce manly (audio) \

Definition of manly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a manly manner

manly

adjective
manlier; manliest

Definition of manly (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from manly

Adjective

manliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for manly

Synonyms: Adjective

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

Antonyms: Adjective

unmanly, unmasculine

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Examples of manly in a Sentence

Adjective

He wasn't manly enough to fight. He has a deep, manly voice.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The company recruited figures from the sports world—the NASCAR driver Mark Martin, the soccer player Pelé, the baseball player Rafael Palmeiro—to star in ads that emphasized men being classically manly: speeding, winning, overcoming. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Jagged Little (Blue) Pill," 27 Mar. 2018 Ranching work was challenging, manly and allowed black people to make as much as whites. The Economist, "Restoring black Americans to the saddle," 25 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There was an irresistible force of logic, a clinching power of argument, and a manly disregard of everything like sophistry... John J. Miller, WSJ, "‘Lincoln’s Confidant’ Review: The Friend Who Listened," 15 Feb. 2019 Pushing through pain is supposed to be heroic and manly. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018 Once chummy and physically affectionate (in a manly man kind of way), the two world leaders have begun airing their ideological differences and policy disagreements more openly. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Macron denounces nationalism as avowed “nationalist” Trump stands steps away," 11 Nov. 2018 That is, unless, I got sucked into the manly vortex of the hardware department and the bane of my existence, the tool aisle. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Sears Declared Bankruptcy And I Already Miss It," 15 Oct. 2018 But underneath the thrilling music, the glossy stars, and the deafening Oscar buzz, the movie discretely turns the idea of what an onscreen manly-man should look like. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 5 Oct. 2018 Gone fishing What’s the manly version of a spa gift set? Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 Father's Day gift ideas that can be found in Milwaukee suburbs," 5 June 2018 Dante, hovering over the issue with Anglophile, let out a manly squeal. Elisa Albert, Longreads, "Etta or Bessie or Dora or Rose," 24 May 2018 Here’s the basic at-home strategy for the ultimate manly manicure. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The He-Manicure: A Guide to CEO-Worthy Nails," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of manly

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of manly was before the 12th century

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manly

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English Language Learners Definition of manly

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

manly

adjective
man·​ly | \ ˈman-lē How to pronounce manly (audio) \
manlier; manliest

Kids Definition of manly

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

Other Words from manly

manliness noun

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