manly [man-lee] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin adjective, man·li·er, man·li·est.

  1. having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength or bravery.
  2. pertaining to or suitable for males: manly sports.


  1. Archaic. in a manly manner.

Origin of manly before 900; Middle English (adj., adv.); Old English manlīc (adj.), manlīce (adv.). See man1, -ly Related formsman·li·ness, nounSynonyms for manly 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.Antonyms for manly 1. weak, cowardly. Related Words for manliest noble, vigorous, bold, masculine, virile, macho, self-reliant, heroic, manlike, manful, audacious, brave, colt, confident, daring, dauntless, dignified, fearless, firm, gallant Examples from the Web for manliest Contemporary Examples of manliest

  • Then Dustykatt, the manliest Brony in the world, drinks a beer.

    Inside the Bizarre World of ‘Bronies,’ Adult Male Fans of ‘My Little Pony’

    Kevin Fallon

    May 1, 2014

  • Dawson was the manliest of these men, and to show it, he often smoked right there on stage.

    A Kiss Goodbye to Richard Dawson

    Rebecca Dana

    June 4, 2012

  • Historical Examples of manliest

  • The honor of a scout will not permit of anything but the highest and the best and the manliest.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • Is it not the wisest, the manliest course, to accept the inevitable?

    The Negro and the Nation

    George S. Merriam

  • There was once a King, and he had a Queen; and he was the manliest of his sex, and she was the loveliest of hers.

    The Magic Fishbone

    Charles Dickens

  • He looks like a glad thankful child, and he has the manliest of faces.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete

    George Meredith

  • It is one of the wisest, the manliest, and most serviceable I ever read.

    The Letters of Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens

  • British Dictionary definitions for manliest manly adjective -lier or -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 mana manly sport

    Derived Formsmanliness, noun Word Origin and History for manliest manly adj.

    c.1200, “human; characteristic of human beings,” from man (n.) + -ly (1). Sense of “possessing virtues proper to a male person” (resoluteness, steadfastness, reliability) is from early 13c. Meaning “masculine” is attested from late 14c. Old English had werlic “male, masculine, manly.”

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