virile

adjective
vir·​ile | \ˈvir-əl, ˈvir-ˌī(-ə)l, 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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Other Words from virile

virilely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for virile

Synonyms

male, man-size (or man-sized), manlike, manly, mannish, masculine

Antonyms

unmanly, unmasculine

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Examples of virile in a Sentence

men were once expected to be interested only in such virile activities as hunting

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Sprung from the loins of the virile wellness industry, these next-gen pills and powders bear the seductive trappings of self-care. Jancee Dunn, Allure, "Pretty Pills: How Beauty Supplements Changed the Way We View Wellness," 2 Oct. 2018 The evening’s performance, led by French tenor Roberto Alagna (the virile Samson) and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca (Dalila—the Bible’s original femme fatale), was live-streamed from 42nd Street jumbotrons. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Patricia Clarkson, Adrien Brody, and Debbie Harry Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala," 25 Sep. 2018 The video that sparked the controversy went virile after Faith's brother posted it on Facebook. Kevin Mcgill, Fox News, "Archdiocese says school's hair extension policy rescinded," 27 Aug. 2018 His Padraic is as smolderingly virile as his Poldark. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 The moment, in retrospect, came about from a virile accident. Michael S. Rosenwald, chicagotribune.com, "The Viagra jackpot: A history of the little blue pill at 20," 28 Mar. 2018 The moment, in retrospect, came about from a virile accident. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "The Viagra jackpot: A history of the little blue pill at 20," 28 Mar. 2018 Daniel Ulbricht, always sparky and engaging, keeps gaining subtlety; but Andrew Veyette, another source of virile humor, is showing a few signs of coarseness. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "New York City Ballet Is in Limbo, but in Bloom," 31 May 2018 In the wild, pandas are virile, with sperm counts a hundred times higher than humans. National Geographic, "What You Think You Know About Animals? Probably Not True," 26 May 2018

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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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virile

adjective

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, 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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