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

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 But when the homework clause was revealed, the enormous unsocial media fan was out there and the manure hit it with great force. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 July 2022 On Monday, farmers in tractors blocked supermarket distribution centers and spread manure outside of officials’ homes in protest. Jack Wolfsohn, National Review, 8 July 2022 Even if the lagoons held, the manure would eventually be converted to fertilizer and sprayed on nearby fields, which some local residents worried would overload the river with phosphorus. Bruce Upholt, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 The fascists valued literature and the arts: If biology was the soil of fascism, history and aesthetics were the manure. Dominic Green, WSJ, 24 June 2022 Highs: Efficient, inexpensive, can carry manure much more elegantly than the Civic. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 27 May 2022 It’s at Goodrich Dairy using manure and food waste to produce biogas. Jan Ellen Spiegel, Hartford Courant, 22 May 2022 Private wells in southwestern Wisconsin are more likely to have higher levels of fertilizer, animal manure and human waste than other parts of the state, according to a new study. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2022 The place smelled of manure, urine, and uneaten feed. André Alexis, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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