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 manure (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 That’s a lot of mouths to feed and coats to brush and manure to shovel. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "‘Farmer Pam’ teaches kids about alpacas and farm animals at Forest Hill’s Three Oaks Farm," 17 Nov. 2020 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 Recognizing a hard worker -- yes, a guy shoveling manure in a barn -- Blount put in a good word for Goodwin with his old team leading to a tryout in Pittsburgh. Dallas News, "How shoveling manure for Steelers legend Mel Blount helped lead Cowboys' C.J. Goodwin to the NFL," 12 Nov. 2020 Across the world today, the use of synthetic fertilizers outweighs manure by something like five to one. Harold Mcgee, Wired, "The History of Poop Is Really the History of Technology," 6 Nov. 2020 The compost can then be turned sufficiently to stabilize the readily compostable materials (food, manure, urine). oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Low producing peony patch may need dividing," 13 Dec. 2020 Facing it reminds me of the old joke that President Ronald Reagan loved to tell about a very optimistic little boy and a pile of horse manure. Clarence Page,, "Column: Yes, we do have a lot to be thankful for: Each other," 24 Nov. 2020 The amount of manure applied to fields during that same period—a rich source of phosphorus—increased by about 40 percent. Tim Folger, National Geographic, "North America’s most valuable resource is at risk," 17 Nov. 2020 His research suggests one possibility — scraping off the top layer of manure if rain is in the forecast. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 Surprisingly, coffee grounds contain about four times more nitrogen than manure and slightly less phosphorus and potassium. Tom Maccubbin,, "Install bougainvilleas now, unless there is a freeze risk," 26 Dec. 2020 The bears also only rolled in fresh manure—at most a week and a half old. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Winter, Pandas Love to Roll in Horse Poop," 9 Dec. 2020

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

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“Manure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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