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ADJECTIVE:
    1. Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova.
    2. Characteristic of or appropriate to this sex; masculine.
    3. Consisting of members of this sex.
  1. Virile; manly.
  2. Botany
    1. Relating to or designating organs, such as anthers or antheridia, that produce gametes capable of fertilizing those produced by female organs.
    2. Bearing stamens but not pistils; staminate: male flowers.
  3. Designating an object, such as an electric plug, configured for insertion into a recessed part or socket.
NOUN:
  1. A member of the sex that begets young by fertilizing ova.
  2. A man or boy.
  3. Botany A plant having only staminate flowers.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin masculus, diminutive of ms, male

OTHER FORMS:
maleness(Noun)

SYNONYMS:
male, masculine, manlike, manly, manful, virile, mannish

These adjectives mean of, relating to, or characteristic of men. Male categorizes any living thing by gender or sex: the male population; a male puppy; a male plant. Masculine refers to what is considered characteristic of men: a masculine voice. Manlike applies to qualities of a man (manlike fortitude) or resemblance to a human (manlike apes). Manly describes qualities regarded as becoming to a man: manly strength. Manful suggests bravery and resoluteness: a manful display of chivalry. Virile stresses the vigor, power, or sexual potency of an adult male: "The virile figure of Theodore Roosevelt swung down the national highway" (Edward Bok). Mannish usually applies to women or their traits, clothing, or actions when they seem masculine: a mannish suit.


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