Definition of manly in English:

manly

adjective

  • 1Having or denoting those good qualities traditionally associated with men, such as courage, strength, and spirit.

    ‘a manly torso of perfect proportions’
    • ‘By the antebellum decades, westward migration had become a symbol of manly courage and adventure.’
    • ‘He was powerfully built, tall and brown, with straight black hair to his shoulders, radiating a manly beauty and inner strength that was unearthly in its intensity.’
    • ‘Well he is the strong and manly captain you know.’
    • ‘‘We love to show off our manly strength,’ Ashton said as both he and Kaylen flexed impressive biceps.’
    • ‘What is astounding about his voice is that it retains the robust, manly quality of a true bass, every note straight from the diaphragm, throughout his range.’
    • ‘The exercise of skill, mechanical know-how and autonomy certainly provided working class men with an important avenue to display their manly qualities.’
    • ‘The name conjures images of manly men, displaying courage under extreme conditions, rejecting the artifice of language in favor of pure bodily experience.’
    • ‘But Chow has a strong, manly voice, and now that he's been given some English lines the audience can hear and appreciate that strong manliness.’
    • ‘The storyline is linear - easy enough for a child to follow - and the themes are clear and basic, touting manly courage, endurance, and noble suffering.’
    • ‘Ian, take me in your strong manly arms.’
    • ‘Many of your roles center on fairly macho characters - sort of grim, manly outsider types.’
    • ‘True manhood involved having a strong manly character exemplified by self-control and self-restraint.’
    • ‘I imagined the onlookers lined up, hoping to catch a glimpse of my manly torso.’
    • ‘This artist's lens makes the subject look more manly than Hurrell's but certainly no less perfect.’
    • ‘In fact, the female population would say that he had to be one of the strongest and most manly guys at Westmoore.’
    • ‘Before she could even think, she was being lifted into the air by strong manly arms.’
    • ‘Pete, however, seemed to take exception to being deprived of a chance to demonstrate his manly courage and kept shouting ‘In the water, in the water!’’
    • ‘Instead, he had to be manly, dignified and strong for the rest of the players.’
    • ‘One quality she especially likes to reward is thus held to be manly courage.’
    • ‘Our heroes are stalwart and manly.’
    brave, courageous, bold, valiant, valorous, fearless, plucky, macho, manful, intrepid, daring, lionhearted, heroic, gallant, chivalrous, swashbuckling, adventurous, stout-hearted, stout, dauntless, doughty, mettlesome, resolute, determined, stalwart
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    1. 1.1 (of an activity) befitting a man.
      ‘honest, manly sports’
      • ‘But his was a generation that also loved the outdoors, and the manly arts of hunting and fishing.’
      • ‘Not every man knows his way around a shooting piece, but firearms are a manly art.’
      • ‘This is not an individual who is out there doing something strong or manly or anything of this type.’
      • ‘He was taught religious texts, philosophy and history, and had training in the manly arts such as riding, swordsmanship and archery.’
      • ‘It would, however, be totally inappropriate to speak in such terms of a male defendant who has been a distinguished exponent of a rugged, manly sport.’
      • ‘No matter that his wife was pregnant, those simply were not manly tasks and no true man would perform them under any circumstances.’
      • ‘I simply cannot wait to get out there and really make the most of the sun's light, baking my skin to a crisp as I pursue manly outdoor activities.’
      • ‘Most fathers try to instill a sense of the manly arts in their sons through athletics.’
      • ‘I will, however, be getting a large fireplace that I'll be able to chuck things into from the comfort of the sofa, an activity at least as manly as snooker.’
      • ‘Both the women and the foreman defended this practice because they said the work was heavier and therefore it was more manly work and should pay more.’
      • ‘Boys thus engaged in simulated manly activities under the watchful maternal eye rather than in the traditional father/son apprenticeship role.’
      • ‘I'm not considering the one sport which portrays itself as the most manly sport on the face of the earth.’
      • ‘Kelly Garrett practices various manly arts in California and Mexico.’
      • ‘Besides, the NFL is supposed to be manly sport for manly men.’
      • ‘While fencing is usually thought of as a manly sport, the women of the University of Victoria fencing club have a much different perspective.’
      • ‘Informally, Pinchot had been working in a manly way for a long time by throwing himself into any outdoor activity that required great physical vigor.’
      • ‘Apparently, he was still obsessed with the desire to learn the art of manly self-defense and concluded jujitsu offered him the best hope.’
      • ‘Thell Torrence's name may not be familiar to the average fight fan but he, along with a couple of others, is the premier teacher of the manly art in the USA.’
      • ‘He was thought of as a playboy whose main interests were dating beautiful women and engaging in manly sports like polo and competitive shooting.’
      • ‘Most revealing was his role in founding with Theodore Roosevelt the Boone and Crockett Club ‘to promote manly sport with the rifle.’’
      virile, masculine, strong, all-male, muscular, muscly, strapping, well built, sturdy, robust, rugged, tough, hardy, powerful, brawny, red-blooded, vigorous
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Pronunciation

manly

/ˈmanli/