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[muh-noo r, -nyoo r] /məˈnʊər, -ˈnyʊər/
excrement, especially of animals, or other refuse used as fertilizer.
any natural or artificial substance for fertilizing the soil.
verb (used with object), manured, manuring.
to treat (land) with fertilizing matter; apply manure to.
Origin of manure
1350-1400; Middle English manouren to till, cultivate < Middle French manouvrer to do manual work. See maneuver
Related forms
manurer, noun
manurial, adjective
manurially, adverb
well-manured, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for manure
  • The piece also gets into the use of manure as a natural fertilizer.
  • manure from animals including cows, horses, chickens and even bats is a traditional and effective fertilizer.
  • They say the process is inefficient, polluting and wasteful, as the manure is better suited for fertilizer.
  • Most of it comes from manure and chemical fertilizer as well as industrial processes.
  • Fertilize every few weeks with manure tea or liquid fertilizer, until buds appear.
  • Torrential rain-followed by dangerous floods-wash off fertilizer and manure applied to crops.
  • Local farmers haul away the leftover bedding and manure-sandy, nutrient-rich fertilizer.
  • Their milk is trucked away regularly, but their liquefied manure is stored in a reservoir with earthen walls.
  • Three weeks later, the same fellow walks back into the same bar, again with a bucket of manure and his shotgun.
  • After all, there is more than enough sun, wind and manure to go around.
British Dictionary definitions for manure


animal excreta, usually with straw, used to fertilize land
(mainly Brit) any material, esp chemical fertilizer, used to fertilize land
(transitive) to spread manure upon (fields or soil)
Derived Forms
manurer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin manuopera; manual work; see manoeuvre
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Word Origin and History for manure

c.1400, "to cultivate land," also "to hold property," from Anglo-French meynoverer, Old French manouvrer "to work with the hands, cultivate; carry out; make, produce," from Medieval Latin manuoperare (see maneuver (n.)). Sense of "work the earth" led to "put dung on the soil" (1590s) and to the current noun meaning "dung spread as fertilizer," which is first attested 1540s. Until late 18c., however, the verb still was used in a figurative sense of "to cultivate the mind, train the mental powers."

It is ... his own painfull study ... that manures and improves his ministeriall gifts. [Milton, 1641]
Related: Manured; manuring.


"dung or compost used as fertilizer," 1540s, see manure (v.).

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