Definition of alpha male in English:

alpha male

noun

  • 1The dominant male animal in a particular group:

    ‘two of them trotted over to greet the alpha male, a black wolf with a greying muzzle’
    • ‘At Bossou, they recently observed a mixed-sex group, including the alpha male, scream excitedly and then attack a hyrax that fell out of a tall tree.’
    • ‘One alpha male rules the group, and there is a strict pecking order all the way down to the lowliest monkey, who is picked on by everyone.’
    • ‘Mawa is the alpha male, the leader of the group, who likes to throw stones at people.’
    • ‘Chimps and gorillas (and many more animals) have an alpha male.’
    • ‘The Leopolds have been the most stable pack in Yellowstone, run by an alpha male and an alpha female that were among the original wolves brought here from Canada.’
    • ‘When she's on the pack's territory, the alpha male is the only male who mates with her.’
    • ‘At least a dozen wolves, including the pack's alpha male, rushed out and surrounded her.’
    • ‘However, it has recently been found that the alpha male in many species is the one who is most socially skilled, as opposed to being physically the strongest.’
    • ‘This means the pups that her pack help care for may not all be fathered by the alpha male.’
    • ‘Since collaring, he has rejoined a small pack of four or five animals, though whether he himself is the alpha male remains uncertain.’
    • ‘The black alpha male labeled R - 10 (r for red) belonged to the "experimental-nonessential population" of eight Canadian wolves released in Yellowstone National Park in January 1995.’
    • ‘The pack hasn't produced pups since the alpha male died two years ago.’
    • ‘If the alpha male's amygdala is destroyed, the monkey quickly descends the social scale.’
    • ‘Each group is led by an alpha male, who is distinguishable from the others by his deeper, throatier voice.’
    • ‘They mark it steadily, the alpha male and the alpha female of the pack lifting their legs at this or that bunch of grass as the pack moves along.’
    • ‘One low-ranking male keeps the alpha male busy, by causing a fight, while the other male goes off with the female.’
    • ‘Suppose the alpha male stays on top for a couple mating seasons (usually they do).’
    • ‘While a wolf pack's organizational structure is brutally hierarchical - for example, in most cases only the alpha male and female mate - the animals are capable of surprising affection and compassion.’
    1. 1.1 A man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations:
      ‘most alpha males need to control the women in their lives’
      • ‘Like all problems of group dynamics among men, this can be resolved by the example of the alpha male.’
      • ‘And I have come to agree with the alpha male: lies are necessary for survival.’
      • ‘People who run for office and like power are alpha males.’
      • ‘Second off, how can you know how to please an alpha male if you don't even know how to please yourself?’
      • ‘Of course seeing that he was this alpha male he clearly felt I was no competition for him.’
      • ‘His colleague and ideological soulmate (at least in terms of economics), the Minister for Finance, has made his own bold bid for recognition as the cabinet's leading right-wing alpha male.’
      • ‘With his dark blazer, gray slacks and power-red tie, his entire being screams "alpha male," as does his body language.’
      • ‘When one of these alpha males left to get some water, a competitor snatched his coveted position.’
      • ‘Exhausting games of one-upmanship with the office alpha male?’
      • ‘If they are indeed candidates, this election could turn into the battle of the 50-something alpha males.’
      • ‘The alpha male will always grab as much space as he can - whatever he does for a living.’
      • ‘He is undoubtedly the alpha male of the clan, whose charisma and anecdotes occupy much of the resulting taped interview.’
      • ‘The alpha male finished his final bourbon and dropped some change by way of a tip.’
      • ‘His rivals have been industrious in meeting this need, jostling each other in their attempts to stake their claim as the silver screen's ultimate alpha male.’
      • ‘Scottish actors are a peculiarly reticent species, but he is the alpha male.’
      • ‘I have no problem in chatting up beautiful women, and I am in certain cases the assertive alpha male.’
      • ‘Comparison of the six categories of leaders reveals a number of interesting similarities and differences between them, showing the importance of the interaction between the presumably universal drive to became the alpha male and the cultural and political context.’
      • ‘I see this this elderly lady standing near a seat occupied by this twenty-something undergraduate-type alpha male.’
      • ‘Randy is clearly the alpha male on this tour.’
      • ‘I was laughing to myself about our attempts to be the alpha male over something so trivial.’