ma·​nure | \mə-ˈnu̇r, -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 \ -​ˈn(y)u̇r-​ē-​əl \ adjective

Examples of manure in a Sentence


a bag of cow manure fertilizers made from animal manures

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The manure and urine from grazing animals fuels healthy growth. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018 Tena decided on a data-science project to map the water toxicity in her area, given that the Central Valley’s water is contaminated from fertilizer and manure run-off. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls," 23 May 2018 Work in plenty of peat moss, compost and manures with a sandy soil and add the new plant to the landscape. Tom Maccubbin,, "Good gardenias need a little care," 12 Apr. 2018 He had been discovered while shoveling manure at a riding academy in return for being allowed to ride. Aljean Harmetz,, "Tab Hunter, 86, Hollywood heartthrob in 1950s," 10 July 2018 Researchers will also look into whether the seaweed infusions help reduce methane emissions in cow manure. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "UC Davis researchers study ways to reduce methane in cow belches," 25 May 2018 Both phosphorus and nitrogen are found in livestock manure and chemical fertilizers that farmers spread onto their fields to increase crop production. John Seewer, The Seattle Times, "Study shows no drop in pollutants feeding Lake Erie algae," 22 Apr. 2018 Instead, we were kept in the dark and fed manure like victims of mushroom management. Drew Broach,, "Bill Cassidy, John Kennedy vote against $1.3 trillion spending bill," 23 Mar. 2018 Protests continue, with one man being escorted away by police after throwing chicken manure. CBS News, "Red Hen owner who ousted Sarah Sanders resigns from local business group," 27 June 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, -ˈnyu̇r\

Kids Definition of manure

: material (as animal wastes) used to fertilize land

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