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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manly, manful, manlike(adj)

    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, virile(adverb)

    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, manly(adverb)

    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


  1. manly(adjective)


  2. manly(adjective)


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.

    See synonyms for FEMININE.

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. manly(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. manly(a)

    manlike, resolute, brave, strong, dignified

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  1. List of paraphrases for "manly":

    virile, masculine, rugged

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  1. The Hitopadesa:

    Prosperity attends the lion-hearted man who exerts himself, while we say, destiny will ensure it. Laying aside destiny, show manly fortitude by thy own strength: if thou endeavour, and thy endeavours fail of success, what crime is there in failing?

  2. Carlos Andres Gomez:

    The hope is... that men and boys might start to reconsider the way they want to be manly, what kind of men they want to be, when you start asking questions challenging the status quo for what it means to be a man, it forces men ... to reconsider all these very destructive symptoms of patriarchy.

  3. Theodore Roosevelt:

    I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. I don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.

  4. James Madison:

    Is it not the glory of the people of America, that, whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example, of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness.

  5. Juvenal:

    A hairy body, and arms stiff with bristles, give promise of a manly soul.

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