virile

adjective
vir·​ile | \ ˈvir-əl How to pronounce virile (audio) , ˈvir-ˌī(-ə)l How to pronounce virile (audio) , British also ˈvī(-ə)r-ˌī(-ə)l \

Definition of virile

1a : having traditionally masculine traits especially to a marked degree
b : characteristic of or associated with men : masculine
2 : having the nature, properties, or qualities of an adult male specifically : capable of functioning as a male in copulation

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virilely adverb

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Examples of virile in a Sentence

men were once expected to be interested only in such virile activities as hunting
Recent Examples on the Web Images of these men on horseback or in classical profile began appearing on posters and handkerchiefs and even crockery, the pinup boys of the revolutionary age–virile and virtuous and handsome. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 Images of these men on horseback or in classical profile began appearing on posters and handkerchiefs and even crockery, the pinup boys of the revolutionary age–virile and virtuous and handsome. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 Images of these men on horseback or in classical profile began appearing on posters and handkerchiefs and even crockery, the pinup boys of the revolutionary age–virile and virtuous and handsome. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 One night, a virile young servant sneaks into the queen’s bed. Andrew Stark, WSJ, 2 July 2021 Could the name be a sly reference to the female fantasy of the virile pool boy depicted in endless films? Sharon Edelson, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Gone was the powerful leader from Themyscira; in her place was a flirtatious woman whose main goals were making the Bat Man feel virile and convincing the men around her to do their jobs. Kelsea Stahler, refinery29.com, 18 Mar. 2021 Billy was famously virile, siring offspring with a pair of females, both of whom had names as human as his: Hannah and Matilda. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2020 Desperate, virile and indefatigable, each of these bitty boys will mate with as many females as possible, plugging away until the fur sloughs off his skin, his immune system fails and blood pools around his organs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of virile

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for virile

Middle French or Latin; Middle French viril, from Latin virilis, from vir man, male; akin to Old English & Old High German wer man, Sanskrit vīra

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

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2 Sep 2021

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“Virile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virile. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of virile

: having or suggesting qualities (such as strength and sexual energy) that are associated with men and that are usually considered attractive in men

virile

adjective
vir·​ile | \ ˈvir-əl How to pronounce virile (audio) , ˈvir-ˌīl \

Kids Definition of virile

: having qualities generally associated with men

virile

adjective
vir·​ile | \ ˈvir-əl, ˈvi(ə)r-ˌīl, British also ˈvī(ə)r-ˌīl \

Medical Definition of virile

1 : having the nature, properties, or qualities of an adult male specifically : capable of functioning as a male in copulation
2 : characteristic of or associated with men : masculine

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