Definition of


  1. (noun, person) an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  2. (noun, person) someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
  3. (noun, person) the generic use of the word to refer to any human being
  4. (noun, animal) any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
  5. (noun, person) a male subordinate
    he awaited word from his man in Havana
  6. (noun, person) an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)
  7. (noun, person) a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
  8. (noun, person) a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman
  9. (noun, location) one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
  10. (noun, artifact) game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
    he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage
  11. (noun, animal) all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
    she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women
  12. (verb, social) take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place
  13. (verb, competition) provide with workers
    Students were manning the booths

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Antonyms of Man


Alternate forms of Man

Derivations: man, manly

Hyponyms: adonis, air force officer, artilleryman, baboo, babu, bachelor, beau, bey, black, black man, bluejacket, boy, boyfriend, bozo, bruiser, bull, buster, cannoneer, castrate, cat, checker, chequer, chess piece, chessman, clotheshorse, commander, commando, conscript, crew, dandy, devil dog, divorced man, draftee, dude, ejaculator, enlisted person, esq, esquire, eunuch, ex, ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, ex-serviceman, fashion plate, father figure, father surrogate, father-figure, fellow, fop, gallant, galoot, geezer, gentleman, golden boy, grass widower, graybeard, greybeard, gunner, guy, he-man, herr, hombre, homo erectus, homo habilis, homo rhodesiensis, homo sapiens, homo sapiens neanderthalensis, homo soloensis, hooray henry, housefather, human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, hunk, inamorato, inductee, iron man, ironman, ironside, leatherneck, machine gunner, macho-man, man, mankind, marine, methuselah, middle-aged man, military officer, military volunteer, monsieur, navy man, neandertal, neandertal man, neanderthal, neanderthal man, noncombatant, occupier, officer, old boy, old man, paterfamilias, patriarch, peter pan, philanderer, ponce, posseman, ranger, rhodesian man, sailor, sailor boy, samson, senhor, shaver, sheik, shipboard soldier, signior, signor, signore, sir, stiff, strapper, striper, stud, swain, swell, tarzan, tile, unmarried man, vet, veteran, veteran soldier, voluntary, volunteer, white, white man, widower, widowman, womaniser, womanizer, wonder boy, world, yellow man, young buck, young man

Hypernyms: adult, body servant, do work, foot soldier, game equipment, group, grouping, grownup, hominid, homo, human, human being, individual, lover, male, male person, man, manservant, mortal, person, skilled worker, skilled workman, somebody, someone, soul, staff, subordinate, subsidiary, trained worker, underling, work

Origin of the word Man

  1. O.E. man, mann "human being, person," from P.Gmc. *manwaz (cf. O.S., O.H.G. man, Ger. Mann, O.N. ma?r, Goth. manna "man"), from PIE base *man- (cf. Skt. manuh, Avestan manu-, O.C.S. mozi, Rus. muzh "man, male"). Sometimes connected to root *men- "to think" (see mind), which would make the ground… more
  2. early 12c., "to furnish (a fort, ship, etc.) with a company of men," from man (n.). Meaning "to take up a designated position on a ship" is first recorded 1690s. Related: Manned. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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