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


a bag of cow manure fertilizers made from animal manures

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most high-quality compost will contain mostly leaf mold, yard waste, and animal manure, explains April Johnson, horticulturalist at the Rodale Institute, an organic research farm located in Pennsylvania. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way To Buy Quality Organic Compost For Your Garden," 27 July 2017 Instead, the federal strategy relies on existing state and local programs and voluntary actions by farmers to prevent fertilizers, manure and sewage from flowing into waterways. CBS News, "Toxic algae leads Ohio to designate western Lake Erie as "impaired"," 22 Mar. 2018 The digester converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste each year into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo’s animal hospital. Fox News, "Detroit Zoo tempts visitors with free buckets of animal poop," 4 Apr. 2018 After displaying it at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Minnesota, Stevens credited a combination of sunshine, rain, cow manure, fish emulsion and seaweed for the oversize gourd. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Larger-Than-Life Thanksgiving Staples," 16 Nov. 2010 Many gardeners feed their figs with manures applied every other month March through September. Tom Maccubbin,, "White coating on crape myrtle is fungus," 26 May 2018 Then one day, her cousin Abigail (Stone) arrives at the palace, literally covered in manure after falling onto the damp road. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite is a deliciously wicked tale of sex, women, and power plays," 21 Nov. 2018 Rural lawmakers and farm groups revolted when the Obama administration tried to tighten some child labor rules to keep children away from manure pits and block them from driving tractors and other heavy equipment. Jack Healy, New York Times, "5-Year-Olds Work Farm Machinery, and Injuries Follow," 29 Jan. 2018 As Ronald Reagan liked to joke about the boy who saw a stable full of manure, there must be a pony in there somewhere. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Trade Confusion," 24 May 2018

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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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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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