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Man

[man] /mæn/
noun
1.
Isle of, an island of the British Isles, in the Irish Sea. 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km).
Capital: Douglas.
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British Dictionary definitions for man isle

man

/mæn/
noun (pl) men (mɛn)
1.
an adult male human being, as distinguished from a woman
2.
(modifier) male; masculine: a man child
3.
(archaic) a human being regardless of sex or age, considered as a representative of mankind; a person
4.
(sometimes capital) human beings collectively; mankind: the development of man
5.
Also called modern man
  1. a member of any of the living races of Homo sapiens, characterized by erect bipedal posture, a highly developed brain, and powers of articulate speech, abstract reasoning, and imagination
  2. any extinct member of the species Homo sapiens, such as Cro-Magnon man
6.
a member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Java man, Heidelberg man, and Solo man
7.
an adult male human being with qualities associated with the male, such as courage or virility: be a man
8.
manly qualities or virtues: the man in him was outraged
9.
  1. a subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
  2. (in combination): the number of man-days required to complete a job
10.
(usually pl) a member of the armed forces who does not hold commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned rank (as in the phrase officers and men)
11.
a member of a group, team, etc
12.
a husband, boyfriend, etc: man and wife
13.
an expression used parenthetically to indicate an informal relationship between speaker and hearer
14.
a movable piece in various games, such as draughts
15.
(South African, slang) any person: used as a term of address
16.
a vassal of a feudal lord
17.
as one man, with unanimous action or response
18.
be one's own man, to be independent or free
19.
he's your man, he's the person needed (for a particular task, role, job, etc)
20.
man and boy, from childhood
21.
sort out the men from the boys, separate the men from the boys, to separate the experienced from the inexperienced
22.
to a man
  1. unanimously
  2. without exception: they were slaughtered to a man
interjection
23.
(informal) an exclamation or expletive, often indicating surprise or pleasure
verb (transitive) mans, manning, manned
24.
to provide with sufficient people for operation, defence, etc: to man the phones
25.
to take one's place at or near in readiness for action
26.
(falconry) to induce (a hawk or falcon) to endure the presence of and handling by man, esp strangers
Derived Forms
manless, adjective
Usage note
The use of man to mean human beings in general is often considered sexist. Gender-neutral alternatives include human beings, people and humankind. The verb to man can also often be replaced by to staff, to operate and related words
Word Origin
Old English mann; related to Old Frisian man, Old High German man, Dutch man, Icelandic mathr

Man1

/mæn/
noun (sometimes not capital) (US) the Man
1.
(Black slang) a White man or White men collectively, esp when in authority, in the police, or held in contempt
2.
(slang) a drug peddler

Man2

/mæn/
noun
1.
Isle of Man, an island in the British Isles, in the Irish Sea between Cumbria and Northern Ireland: a UK Crown Dependency (but not part of the United Kingdom), with its own ancient parliament, the Court of Tynwald; a dependency of Norway until 1266, when for a time it came under Scottish rule; its own language, Manx, became extinct in the 19th century but has been revived to some extent. Capital: Douglas. Pop: 86 159 (2013 est). Area: 588 sq km (227 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for man isle

man

n.

Old English man, mann "human being, person (male or female); brave man, hero; servant, vassal," from Proto-Germanic *manwaz (cf. Old Saxon, Swedish, Dutch, Old High German man, German Mann, Old Norse maðr, Danish mand, Gothic manna "man"), from PIE root *man- (1) "man" (cf. Sanskrit manuh, Avestan manu-, Old Church Slavonic mozi, Russian muzh "man, male").

Plural men (German Männer) shows effects of i-mutation. Sometimes connected to root *men- "to think" (see mind), which would make the ground sense of man "one who has intelligence," but not all linguists accept this. Liberman, for instance, writes, "Most probably man 'human being' is a secularized divine name" from Mannus [cf. Tacitus, "Germania," chap. 2], "believed to be the progenitor of the human race."

So I am as he that seythe, `Come hyddr John, my man.' [1473]
Sense of "adult male" is late (c.1000); Old English used wer and wif to distinguish the sexes, but wer began to disappear late 13c. and was replaced by man. Universal sense of the word remains in mankind and manslaughter. Similarly, Latin had homo "human being" and vir "adult male human being," but they merged in Vulgar Latin, with homo extended to both senses. A like evolution took place in Slavic languages, and in some of them the word has narrowed to mean "husband." PIE had two stems: *uiHro "freeman" (cf. Sanskrit vira-, Lithuanian vyras, Latin vir, Old Irish fer, Gothic wair) and *hner "man," a title more of honor than *uiHro (cf. Sanskrit nar-, Armenian ayr, Welsh ner, Greek aner).
MAN TRAP. A woman's commodity. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
Man also was in Old English as an indefinite pronoun, "one, people, they." The chess pieces so called from c.1400. As an interjection of surprise or emphasis, first recorded c.1400, but especially popular from early 20c. Man-about-town is from 1734; the Man "the boss" is from 1918. To be man or mouse "be brave or be timid" is from 1540s. Men's Liberation first attested 1970.
At the kinges court, my brother, Ech man for himself. [Chaucer, "Knight's Tale," c.1386]

v.

Old English mannian "to furnish (a fort, ship, etc.) with a company of men," from man (n.). Meaning "to take up a designated position on a ship" is first recorded 1690s. Meaning "behave like a man, act with courage" is from c.1400. To man (something) out is from 1660s. Related: Manned; manning.

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Slang definitions & phrases for man isle

man

interjection

An exclamation of surprise, delight, emphasis, etc; jeez, wow: Man! I almost missed it! (1896+)

noun

A dollar; iron man: You oughta grab about 300 men (1921+)

Related Terms

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[in the first sense, the very similar man alive is found by 1839]


man

noun phrase
  1. Any man in authority; boss, his nibs:See the guy in front? That's the man (1918+)
  2. A police officer, detective, prison guard, etc; the HEAT: Careful, here's the man (1960s+ Narcotics & underworld)
  3. A supplier of narcotics; dealer (1960s+ Narcotics)
  4. A white man; the white establishment: a super nigger who spends his life trying to prove he's as good as the Man/ That's what ''the man'' wants you to do—to riot, so he can shoot you down (1963+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for man isle

MAN

  1. Metropolitan Area Network
  2. Ringway International Airport (Manchester, England)
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man isle in the Bible

(1.) Heb. 'Adam, used as the proper name of the first man. The name is derived from a word meaning "to be red," and thus the first man was called Adam because he was formed from the red earth. It is also the generic name of the human race (Gen. 1:26, 27; 5:2; 8:21; Deut. 8:3). Its equivalents are the Latin homo and the Greek anthropos (Matt. 5:13, 16). It denotes also man in opposition to woman (Gen. 3:12; Matt. 19:10). (2.) Heb. 'ish, like the Latin vir and Greek aner, denotes properly a man in opposition to a woman (1 Sam. 17:33; Matt. 14:21); a husband (Gen. 3:16; Hos. 2:16); man with reference to excellent mental qualities. (3.) Heb. 'enosh, man as mortal, transient, perishable (2 Chr. 14:11; Isa. 8:1; Job 15:14; Ps. 8:4; 9:19, 20; 103:15). It is applied to women (Josh. 8:25). (4.) Heb. geber, man with reference to his strength, as distinguished from women (Deut. 22:5) and from children (Ex. 12:37); a husband (Prov. 6:34). (5.) Heb. methim, men as mortal (Isa. 41:14), and as opposed to women and children (Deut. 3:6; Job 11:3; Isa. 3:25). Man was created by the immediate hand of God, and is generically different from all other creatures (Gen. 1:26, 27; 2:7). His complex nature is composed of two elements, two distinct substances, viz., body and soul (Gen. 2:7; Eccl. 12:7; 2 Cor. 5:1-8). The words translated "spirit" and "soul," in 1 Thess. 5:23, Heb. 4:12, are habitually used interchangeably (Matt. 10:28; 16:26; 1 Pet. 1:22). The "spirit" (Gr. pneuma) is the soul as rational; the "soul" (Gr. psuche) is the same, considered as the animating and vital principle of the body. Man was created in the likeness of God as to the perfection of his nature, in knowledge (Col. 3:10), righteousness, and holiness (Eph. 4:24), and as having dominion over all the inferior creatures (Gen. 1:28). He had in his original state God's law written on his heart, and had power to obey it, and yet was capable of disobeying, being left to the freedom of his own will. He was created with holy dispositions, prompting him to holy actions; but he was fallible, and did fall from his integrity (3:1-6). (See FALL.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with man isle
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