ma·​nure | \ mə-ˈnu̇r How to pronounce manure (audio) , -ˈnyu̇r, -ˈn(y)ü-ər \
manured; manuring

Definition of manure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : cultivate
2 : to enrich (land) by the application of manure



Definition of manure (Entry 2 of 2)

: material that fertilizes land especially : refuse of stables and barnyards consisting of livestock excreta with or without litter

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Other Words from manure


manurer noun


manurial \ mə-​ˈn(y)u̇r-​ē-​əl How to pronounce manure (audio) \ adjective

Examples of manure in a Sentence

Noun a bag of cow manure fertilizers made from animal manures
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s a lot of mouths to feed and coats to brush and manure to shovel. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 17 Nov. 2020 At Heligan, the soil was manured, aerated, and assiduously double dug for centuries; plants must have been queuing at the gates. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clumps of horse manure sat along the sides of the unpaved roads, left there by neighbors riding their horses to the market., 24 May 2021 Straus, who to this point had enjoyed a relatively good relationship with Abbott, was not shy about his anger, comparing the forthcoming agenda to a pile of horse manure. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Fill it with compost, potting soil and add a cup full of chicken manure, and mix. oregonlive, 1 May 2021 As the manure is processed, the struvite settles to the bottom for collection. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2021 And the manure may just have the benefit of masking the pandas’ scent. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2020 The manure from the pens and barns gets flushed into a treatment plant that separates the liquid from the solid. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, 30 Aug. 2020 In that state, poor, mostly Black neighbors of the nation’s largest pork producers had filed lawsuits alleging manure runoff from hog farms was reaching their homes, causing a stench and diminishing property values. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2021 In fact, landfills are one of the top emitters of methane gas, along with natural gas systems and leakage, as well as livestock digestion and manure management. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of manure


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1532, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manure


Middle English manouren, from Anglo-French mainouverer, meinourer to till (land), construct, create, from Medieval Latin manu operare to perform manual labor, from Latin manu by hand + operari to work — more at operate

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“Manure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manure

: solid waste from farm animals that is used to make soil better for growing plants


ma·​nure | \ mə-ˈnu̇r How to pronounce manure (audio) , -ˈnyu̇r \

Kids Definition of manure

: material (as animal wastes) used to fertilize land


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