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ma·​nure mə-ˈnu̇r How to pronounce manure (audio)
manured; manuring

transitive verb

obsolete : cultivate
: to enrich (land) by the application of manure
manurer noun


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

Examples of manure in a Sentence

Noun a bag of cow manure fertilizers made from animal manures
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Bailey and other Nelsonville residents were profiled in a Wausau Daily Herald story in 2020 about their fears that manure from a CAFO about a mile from the small Portage County community was leaching nitrogen into their groundwater. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 Is manure the future of fuel? Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 See all Example Sentences for manure 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1532, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manure was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Manure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
ma·​nure mə-ˈn(y)u̇(ə)r How to pronounce manure (audio)
manured; manuring
: to enrich by applying manure
manure a field


2 of 2 noun
: material that fertilizes land
especially : bodily waste from birds and animals in stables and barnyards with or without litter
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