Definition of manliness in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The traditional male quality of being brave and strong.

    ‘men accustomed to proving their manliness on the streets’
    • ‘The spectacle of war became increasingly popular but its tone changed to reflect the manliness of the soldier and his deadly seriousness.’
    • ‘On the other hand, maybe we implicitly ask too little manliness of women.’
    • ‘In the second place, men had to be brave and prove their bravery or manliness.’
    • ‘Hunting celebrated the imperial virtues of courage and manliness and confirmed the power of colonial rule.’
    • ‘Manliness was essential for coping with such dangerous working conditions.’
    • ‘In his countenance, I saw kindness, worth, goodness and manliness altogether; he was a first man to affect me so powerfully.’
    • ‘I will take my own piece of humble pie but firstly I want to honour the manliness of the town clerk for his actions.’
    • ‘He saw the war as a test of his own manliness.’
    • ‘I am going along so that no one will run away with you," Bob announced with an assumption of manliness.’
    • ‘And they could show their manliness by not flinching at the small amount of pain felt when opening a bottle this way.’
    • ‘As we walked into the restaurant caked in dust, an old fashioned manliness came over me.’
    • ‘They were killed because some people loved to hate, and others thought that to kill was proof of manliness.’
    virility, masculinity, vigour, strength, muscularity, ruggedness, toughness, robustness, powerfulness, brawniness, hardihood
    resoluteness, steadfastness, mettle, spirit, dauntlessness, doughtiness, determination, fortitude, stalwartness
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    1. 1.1The fact of being typically male; masculinity.
      ‘the author's alleged lack of manliness’
      • ‘Like football, it is a strongly gendered cultural symbol, associated with manliness.’
      • ‘Theres nothing like a good strong growth of hair on the upper lip to suggest powerful manliness.’
      • ‘Most of them adapted to technological change and newer forms of manliness.’
      • ‘But he does express his opinion about human nature, American manliness, and Iraqi democracy.’
      • ‘Rugged outdoor numbers are the most doable - comfortable and relaxed, they exude confident manliness.’
      • ‘The emphasis on qualities of manliness, gravitas, and dedication to family began to fade.’
      • ‘You have bestowed manliness on male diet soda drinkers.’
      • ‘Her power is unmistakably sexual, but it strips unwary men of their manliness.’
      • ‘Tonight, he was a megastar, a big-screen symbol of manliness.’
      • ‘Obvious secondary sexual characteristics moderated manliness: height, strength, deep voice, dark hair and complexion all imbued masculinity.’
      • ‘The idea is that short men feel that they constantly have to prove their manliness.’
      • ‘Boys reveal their ideas of manliness in their dealings with girls.’
      • ‘The internal qualities once said to embody manhood - surefootedness, inner strength, confidence of purpose - are merchandised to men to enhance their manliness.’
      • ‘Feeling the need to constantly prove your heterosexuality and your manliness eventually takes its toll on a relationship.’
      • ‘Surely there is no loss in manliness or dignity in sharing the heavier and more disagreeable household tasks.’
      • ‘Thus, we are left with the question what significance should be attached to the language of manliness.’
      • ‘Boys, especially those in ghettoes, grow up with this image of what manliness is: angry, dissatisfied, foulmouthed.’
      • ‘The emphasis on manliness was perhaps more than a reflection of the status quo; it might have been an active attempt to entrench certain roles.’
      • ‘The girl character has to don a false beard to assume real manliness.’
      • ‘Republicans have seldom shied from an embrace of manliness.’