virile

adjective vir·ile \ ˈvir-əl , ˈvir-ˌī(-ə)l , British also ˈvī(-ə)r-ˌī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of virile

1 a :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

virilely

adverb

Examples of virile in a Sentence

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

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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

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VIRILE Defined for English Language Learners

virile

adjective

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

virile

adjective vir·ile \ ˈvir-əl , ˈvir-ˌīl \

Definition of virile for Students

:having qualities generally associated with men

Medical Dictionary

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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