manly

[man-lee]
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:
before 900; Middle English (adj., adv.); Old English manlīc (adj.), manlīce (adv.). See man1, -ly

manliness, noun


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.


1. weak, cowardly.
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manly (ˈmænlɪ)
 
adj , -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
 
'manliness
 
n

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manly
c.1200, "human," from man (n.). Sense of "possessing virtues proper to a male person" is from early 13c. Meaning "masculine" is attested from late 14c. Related: Manliness.
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Example sentences
These guys felt he was compromising the overall manliness of the mission.
In a world of tribes and thugs manliness still goes a long way.
Living models of manliness, grace, and beauty were daily before the artist's
  eye.
The womanly grace of temperament merely enhanced the unusual manliness of his
  character and impression.
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