What is another word for male?

Synonyms for male
ˈmɑ leɪ, -li

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  1. malenoun

    boy, plug, manly, pin, masculine

    female, neuter

  2. malenoun

    Belonging to the sex which produces sperm.

    boy, manly, plug, masculine, pin

    female, neuter

  3. maleadjective

    Pertaining to or associated with men, or male animals

    boy, pin, plug, manly, masculine

    female, neuter

  4. maleadjective

    Inherently characteristic of the male of a species

    plug, masculine, manly, pin

    neuter, female

  5. maleadjective

    Of instruments or tools: designed to fit into or penetrate a female counterpart, as in a connector or pipe fitting

    masculine, manly, plug, pin

    female, neuter

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. male

    We apply male to the sex, masculine to the qualities, especially to the stronger, hardier, and more imperious qualities that distinguish the male sex; as applied to women, masculine has often the depreciatory sense of unwomanly, rude, or harsh; as, a masculine face or voice, or the like; tho one may say in a commendatory way, she acted with masculine courage or decision. Manlike may mean only having the outward appearance or semblance of a man, or may be closely equivalent to manly. Manly refers to all the qualities and traits worthy of a man; manful, especially to the valor and prowess that become a man; we speak of a manful struggle, manly decision; we say manly gentleness or tenderness; we could not say manful tenderness. Mannish is a depreciatory word referring to the mimicry or parade of some superficial qualities of manhood; as, a mannish boy or woman. Masculine may apply to the distinctive qualities of the male sex at any age; virile applies to the distinctive qualities of mature manhood only, as opposed not only to feminine or womanly but to childish, and is thus an emphatic word for sturdy, intrepid, etc.

    See synonyms for FEMININE.

    manful, manlike, manly, mannish, masculine, virile

Princeton's WordNet

  1. malenoun

    an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)

    male person

    female person, female, hermaphroditic, pseudohermaphroditic, intersexual, egg-producing(a), unisex, hermaphrodite, feminine, gynandromorphous, epicene, young-bearing(a), androgynous, pseudohermaphrodite, pistillate, gynandromorphic, bisexual

  2. male, male personnoun

    a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies

    male person

    female, female person, hermaphroditic, epicene, egg-producing(a), bisexual, feminine, gynandromorphic, gynandromorphous, pseudohermaphrodite, pseudohermaphroditic, androgynous, pistillate, unisex, hermaphrodite, young-bearing(a), intersexual

  3. Maleadjective

    the capital of Maldives in the center of the islands

    male person

    female person, female, young-bearing(a), intersexual, unisex, androgynous, gynandromorphous, hermaphrodite, gynandromorphic, feminine, epicene, egg-producing(a), pseudohermaphrodite, pseudohermaphroditic, pistillate, hermaphroditic, bisexual

  4. maleadjective

    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation

    "a male infant"; "a male holly tree"

    virile, manful, manly, manlike

    female, female person, egg-producing(a), epicene, pseudohermaphrodite, hermaphroditic, androgynous, young-bearing(a), unisex, pseudohermaphroditic, bisexual, gynandromorphous, pistillate, feminine, gynandromorphic, intersexual, hermaphrodite

  5. male, manful, manlike, manly, virileadjective

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

    anthropoid, potent, virile, manful, manly, manlike

    female, female person, intersexual, hermaphrodite, pseudohermaphroditic, gynandromorphous, unisex, young-bearing(a), gynandromorphic, feminine, bisexual, egg-producing(a), hermaphroditic, androgynous, pseudohermaphrodite, epicene, pistillate

  6. maleadjective

    for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys

    "the male lead"; "the male population"

    virile, manful, manly, manlike

    female person, female, epicene, pseudohermaphrodite, gynandromorphic, feminine, unisex, pseudohermaphroditic, bisexual, hermaphrodite, pistillate, gynandromorphous, intersexual, young-bearing(a), egg-producing(a), androgynous, hermaphroditic

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Editors Contribution

  1. men

    the male gender

    Submitted by rinat on September 4, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. maleadjective


  2. malenoun

    male animal

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. maleadjective

    masculine, staminate (Bot.)

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  1. Wendy Bosberry-Scott:

    If the Queen had not issued a Letters Patent in 2012, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would now be styled as the children of a Duke, the 2012 Letters Patent was a reflection of the then upcoming changes to the Succession to the Crown Act, which in 2013 ended the system of male primogeniture, and meant that Princess Charlotte kept Princess Charlotte place in the line of succession when Princess Charlotte younger brother was born.

  2. Werner Jeanrond:

    There's absolutely no reason why we should have a male only education, i don't think it's a good thing for universities.

  3. New York:

    Right now, entirely too much of the conversation about what women can do with our own bodies is being driven by a group of right-wing male politicians, it's time for that conversation to be led by the actual experts : women and doctors.

  4. Margaret Drye:

    If you look at the demographics of the [State] House, it is substantially aged and it is substantially male and a good portion of the folks are retired. It’s nice to have a representation of the rest of the state at the State House making laws for us.

  5. James Thurber:

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a male healthy, wealthy and dead

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