Definition of virile
1a : having traditionally masculine traits especially to a marked degreeb : 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
Examples of virile in a Sentence
men were once expected to be interested only in such virile activities as hunting
Recent Examples of virile from the Web
Thanks to advances in medical science, the virile, balding type may soon go the way of the dodo bird.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
VIRILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of virile for English Language Learners
: having or suggesting qualities (such as strength and sexual energy) that are associated with men and that are usually considered attractive in men
VIRILE Defined for Kids
Definition of virile for Students
: having qualities generally associated with men
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