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 \ -​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

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 In 2016, Washington lawmakers considered a bill to mandate more stringent safety standards at dairies including training, better marking around manure ponds and other protections. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Darigold says it’s working to improve dairy industry’s safety record," 20 Aug. 2018 Rather than penning up these animals in factory farms, allowing them to graze over wider pastures can help restore grasslands as cattle, sheep, and pigs aerate the soil and enrich it with manure. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, explained," 24 Oct. 2018 Nitrogen-rich materials include succulent, green plant parts, such as tomato stalks, vegetable waste from the kitchen, and grass clippings, as well as manures. Lee Reich, The Seattle Times, "Fall is the perfect time to build a compost bin," 16 Oct. 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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