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manful

[man-fuh l] /ˈmæn fəl/
adjective
1.
having or showing boldness, courage, or strength; resolute.
Origin of manful
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see man1, -ful
Related forms
manfully, adverb
manfulness, noun
unmanful, adjective
unmanfully, adverb
unmanfulness, noun
Synonyms
See manly.
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  • He manfully let her tell of all her silly little presents before talking of his own.

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson
  • The other was John Grueby, who had stood by him so manfully at Westminster.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • "Let me look on my loss of fortune as a gain to myself," said Graham, manfully.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • So long as hope remained to us we struggled on manfully enough.

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • My father knew full well that the end was at hand, yet he faced it manfully, like the stanch old seaman he was.

    The Quest of the 'Golden Hope' Percy F. Westerman
  • Ay, I could do it manfully, too, if I were not carrying along with me memories of long ago.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • At once speculative and practical, entering largely into the philosophy of teaching, and manfully handling facts.

  • Phil manfully works for a year cancelling his father's debt, and then escapes.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • We bucketed down that hillside like men possessed, even Blenkiron sticking on manfully among the twists and turns and slithers.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • Phil manfully works for a year, cancelling his father's debt, and then escapes.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for manfully

manful

/ˈmænfʊl/
adjective
1.
a less common word for manly
Derived Forms
manfully, adverb
manfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for manfully
adv.

c.1400, from manful + -ly (2). Old English had manlice "manfully, nobly."

manful

adj.

late 14c., "courageous, brave, resolute," from man (n.) + -ful.

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