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 manurial (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 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, "The Stunning Grounds, and Tragic History, of the Lost Gardens of Heligan," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last month, farmers asked for nearly €3 billion over 5 years to help pay for more environmentally friendly ways to deal with manure. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Nitrogen crisis from jam-packed livestock operations has ‘paralyzed’ Dutch economy," 4 Dec. 2019 That's just weeks after neighboring fields are often prepped with manure or composting materials for spring crops. Kimberly Kindy And Joel Achenbach,, "Romaine lettuce keeps getting recalled for E. coli contamination," 27 Nov. 2019 That's just weeks after neighboring fields are often prepped with manure or composting materials for spring crops. Anchorage Daily News, "Romaine lettuce keeps getting recalled for E. coli contamination, and no one knows why," 26 Nov. 2019 Will, dressed as the Grinch, forcefully pushed forward his scooper to pick up the first pile of manure in their path as Cathy and Ger pranced near him, to cheers and laughter. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade 2020: Skies were blue, spirits high as parade worked to broaden outreach," 1 Jan. 2020 The probable cause statement says that after killing the brothers Nelson burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, the Associated Press reported. Fox News, "Missouri man accused of murdering Wisconsin brothers on cattle business trip," 26 Oct. 2019 By creating incredibly detailed 3D models of the barn that could house these manure piles. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Studying the Flow of Manure Gas to Make Farms Safer," 16 May 2016 That could include a ban on spreading manure during the winter months, when runoff is more likely. cleveland, "It’s Iowa caucus season, so get ready for some farm talk: The Flyover," 9 Dec. 2019 Stephaine Jackson loaded two scoops of manure from the pig pen into a front-loader and dumped them over the bones, the affidavit said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Gunnison County woman guilty of tampering with corpse after brother’s remains buried with goat heads," 13 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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