virile

[vir-uhl or, esp. British, -ahyl]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a man; masculine; manly: virile strength.
2.
having or exhibiting masculine energy, forcefulness, or strength in a marked degree.
3.
characterized by a vigorous, masculine spirit: a virile literary style.
4.
of, pertaining to, or capable of procreation.

Origin:
1480–90; < Latin virīlis manly, equivalent to vir man (akin to Old English wer man; see werewolf) + -īlis -ile

nonvirile, adjective
subvirile, adjective
ultravirile, adjective
unvirile, adjective

viral, virile.


2. vigorous. See male.
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virile (ˈvɪraɪl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male
2.  (of a male) possessing high sexual drive and capacity for sexual intercourse
3.  of or capable of copulation or procreation
4.  strong, forceful, or vigorous
 
[C15: from Latin virīlis manly, from vir a man; related to Old English wer man and probably to Latin vis strength]
 
virility
 
n

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virile
late 15c., from O.Fr. viril, from L. virilis "of a man, manly," from vir "a man, a hero," from PIE *uiHro "freeman" (cf. Skt. virah, Avestan vira-, Lith. vyras, O.Ir. fer, Welsh gwr, Goth. wair, O.E. wer "man"). Virile member for "penis" is recorded from 1540s.
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virile vir·ile (vēr'əl, -īl')
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male, especially the ability to perform sexually as a male.

  2. Having or showing masculine spirit, strength, vigor, or power.

  3. Sexually potent.

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