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Synonyms for manly
ˈmæn liman·ly

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  1. manlyadjective


  2. manlyadjective


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. manly

    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.

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    male, manful, manlike, mannish, masculine, virile

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. manly

    bold, courageous, generous, open, chivalrous, frank, firm, noble, stately, fine, mature, masculine, brave, fearless, hardy, vigorous, manlike, manful, dignified

    womanish, childish, timid, unmanly, dastardly, weak, puny, ungrown, boyish

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manly, manful, manlikeadjective

    possessing qualities befitting a man

    anthropoid, virile, manful, male, manlike

    effeminate, epicene, unmanlike, sissified, emasculate, unmanly, sissy, sissyish, womanish, unmanful, feminine, cissy

  2. male, manful, manlike, manly, virileadverb

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

    anthropoid, potent, virile, manful, male, manlike

    emasculate, sissyish, womanish, feminine, sissified, unmanlike, cissy, unmanly, sissy, effeminate, unmanful, epicene

  3. manfully, manlyadverb

    in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man

    "having said her say Peggy manfully shouldered her burden and prepared to break up yet another home"


    unmanful, sissified, feminine, unmanly, womanish, cissy, unmanlike, emasculate, epicene, sissyish, sissy, effeminate

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. manlyadjective

    brave, courageous, intrepid, stout, bold, firm, undaunted, vigorous, strong, daring, heroic, noble, manful

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. manlyadjective

    manlike, resolute, brave, strong, dignified

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "manly":

    virile, masculine, rugged

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How to use manly in a sentence?

  1. Seneca:

    Not to feel one's misfortunes is not human, not to bear them in not manly.

  2. Longfellow:

    Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.

  3. Deniese Kennedy-Kollar:

    Our gun culture is very heavily masculine, it is seen as manly to be identified with guns.

  4. Mary Baker Eddy:

    Give up the belief that mind is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.

  5. Eleanor Holmes Norton:

    Although formerly enslaved Americans paid for this statue, the design and sculpting process was done without their input or participation, and it shows, the statue fails to depict how enslaved African Americans pressed for their own emancipation. At the time, they had only recently been liberated from slavery and were grateful for any recognition of their freedom. However, in his keynote address at the unveiling of the statue, Frederick Douglass pointedly did not praise the statue, and, indeed, in private remarks, went as far as to say, it ‘showed the Negro on his knee when a more manly attitude would have been indicative of freedom.’.

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