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manly

[man-lee] /ˈmæn li/
adjective, manlier, manliest.
1.
having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength or bravery.
2.
pertaining to or suitable for males:
manly sports.
adverb
3.
Archaic. in a manly manner.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (adj., adv.); Old English manlīc (adj.), manlīce (adv.). See man1, -ly
Related forms
manliness, noun
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.
Antonyms
1. weak, cowardly.
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British Dictionary definitions for manliness

manly

/ˈmænlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
possessing qualities, such as vigour or courage, generally regarded as appropriate to or typical of a man; masculine
2.
characteristic of or befitting a man: a manly sport
Derived Forms
manliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for manliness
n.

late 14c., from manly + -ness.

manly

adj.

c.1200, "human; characteristic of human beings," from man (n.) + -ly (1). Sense of "possessing virtues proper to a male person" (resoluteness, steadfastness, reliability) is from early 13c. Meaning "masculine" is attested from late 14c. Old English had werlic "male, masculine, manly."

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