having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength or bravery.
pertaining to or suitable for males: manly sports.
Archaic.in a manly manner.
Origin: before 900;Middle English (adj., adv.); Old Englishmanlīc (adj.), manlīce (adv.). See man1, -ly
Synonyms Manly, manful, mannish mean having the traits or qualities that a culture regards as especially characteristic of or ideally appropriate to adult men. Manly is usually a term of approval, suggesting traits admired by society, such as determination, decisiveness, and steadiness: a manly acceptance of the facts; manly firmness of character.Manful also a term of approval, stresses qualities such as courage, strength, and fortitude: a manful effort to overcome great odds.Mannish is most often used derogatorily in reference to the traits, manners, or accouterments of a woman that are thought to be more appropriate to or typical of a man: a mannish abruptness in her speech; She wore a severely mannish suit. See also male.