Definition of manliness in US English:



  • 1The traditional male quality of being brave and strong.

    ‘men accustomed to proving their manliness on the streets’
    • ‘He saw the war as a test of his own manliness.’
    • ‘In his countenance, I saw kindness, worth, goodness and manliness altogether; he was a first man to affect me so powerfully.’
    • ‘In the second place, men had to be brave and prove their bravery or manliness.’
    • ‘On the other hand, maybe we implicitly ask too little manliness of women.’
    • ‘The spectacle of war became increasingly popular but its tone changed to reflect the manliness of the soldier and his deadly seriousness.’
    • ‘And they could show their manliness by not flinching at the small amount of pain felt when opening a bottle this way.’
    • ‘I am going along so that no one will run away with you," Bob announced with an assumption of manliness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Manliness was essential for coping with such dangerous working conditions.’
    • ‘I will take my own piece of humble pie but firstly I want to honour the manliness of the town clerk for his actions.’
    • ‘Hunting celebrated the imperial virtues of courage and manliness and confirmed the power of colonial rule.’
    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. 1.1 The fact of being typically male; masculinity.
      ‘the author's alleged lack of manliness’
      • ‘Boys reveal their ideas of manliness in their dealings with girls.’
      • ‘You have bestowed manliness on male diet soda drinkers.’
      • ‘Republicans have seldom shied from an embrace of manliness.’
      • ‘Surely there is no loss in manliness or dignity in sharing the heavier and more disagreeable household tasks.’
      • ‘But he does express his opinion about human nature, American manliness, and Iraqi democracy.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The girl character has to don a false beard to assume real manliness.’
      • ‘Most of them adapted to technological change and newer forms of manliness.’
      • ‘Tonight, he was a megastar, a big-screen symbol of manliness.’
      • ‘Her power is unmistakably sexual, but it strips unwary men of their manliness.’
      • ‘Theres nothing like a good strong growth of hair on the upper lip to suggest powerful manliness.’
      • ‘The emphasis on qualities of manliness, gravitas, and dedication to family began to fade.’
      • ‘Obvious secondary sexual characteristics moderated manliness: height, strength, deep voice, dark hair and complexion all imbued masculinity.’
      • ‘Rugged outdoor numbers are the most doable - comfortable and relaxed, they exude confident manliness.’
      • ‘The idea is that short men feel that they constantly have to prove their manliness.’
      • ‘Like football, it is a strongly gendered cultural symbol, associated with manliness.’
      • ‘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.’