Definition of masculine in English:



  • 1Having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with men, especially strength and aggressiveness.

    ‘he is outstandingly handsome and robust, very masculine’
    • ‘These are very attractive and masculine qualities.’
    • ‘We have seen on TV displays of miraculous masculine prowess.’
    • ‘Thus, it appears that masculine identity is both shaped and reinforced by physical activity and sport involvement.’
    • ‘A fine figure of a man, he radiates masculine self-assurance, a quality that interested the Queen greatly.’
    • ‘Media reporting of the judgments was deeply depressing and suggested our newspapers, if not our divorce courts, are still driven by very masculine agendas.’
    • ‘This is in partial contrast to the previous emphasis on masculine qualities in the work force.’
    • ‘For too long the subject area has had a predominantly, if not exclusively, masculine appearance.’
    • ‘He was still pale and his skin was still smooth and soft like that of a woman's, but his features all together gave out a masculine appearance.’
    • ‘Sure, my hair may have been tucked under my hat but even so, my features weren't completely masculine!’
    • ‘The outfit is complemented by a brightly coloured, alluringly masculine hat.’
    • ‘One study found that masculine traits were associated with a greater variety of assumed issue competencies.’
    • ‘Metal frames are sturdier, giving you a more masculine appearance.’
    • ‘The truth of the matter is that these are masculine qualities as well.’
    • ‘For Poe, the masculine qualities are necessary for good criticism and, indeed, for good patriotism.’
    • ‘In this group, the female pelvis is very masculine in appearance and so forensic anthropology achieves a very low level of correct identification.’
    • ‘Actually, part of her success is that she combines traditionally masculine and feminine qualities in one package.’
    • ‘To that extent they become momentary warriors, taking on in the act some culturally masculine qualities.’
    • ‘This 16th century bastioned city is unique in the feminine quality among the masculine citadels of Rajasthan.’
    • ‘You have a lot of, if you don't mind me saying this, masculine qualities.’
    • ‘The piece consisted of a strong masculine quality through the incorporation of proud gestures and demonstration of great physical skill.’
    mannish, manlike, unfeminine, unwomanly, unladylike, amazonian
    virile, macho, manly, all-male, muscular, muscly, strong, strapping, well built, rugged, robust, brawny, powerful, red-blooded, vigorous
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    1. 1.1Relating to men; male.
      ‘a masculine voice’
      • ‘A hesitant and very masculine voice echoed through the earpiece.’
      • ‘A masculine voice soon interrupted them, the kitchen door opening.’
      • ‘The harsh masculine voice rang out, accompanied by the sound of several pairs of feet on the stairs.’
      • ‘A deep masculine voice rang out clearly around the classroom, strong and confident.’
      • ‘Growing up in a feminine household, with just my mum and sister around, it's not hard to see why I should have been so drawn to the very masculine environment of a football crowd.’
      • ‘My ears prickled at the sound of the masculine voice from behind me.’
      • ‘I spun around at the sound of a masculine voice and nearly jumped out of my skin.’
      • ‘The voice too, was masculine, speaking into his mind clearer than ever before, strong and deep.’
      • ‘Just as they were about to sit a deep, masculine voice called out to Emily.’
      • ‘So the two women represent untenable solutions to being a woman in this violent, masculine environment.’
      • ‘Her bosses at work, which she called ‘a very masculine environment,’ reacted favourably as well.’
      • ‘A masculine voice encroached on her musings and Valerie looked up.’
      • ‘She slowly opened her eyes when she heard a gentle masculine voice calling her name.’
      • ‘I heard a deep masculine voice that sounded vaguely familiar behind me.’
      • ‘The rhythm of a masculine voice flows well with altering images on the monitors.’
      • ‘However, I thought I caught a hint of relief in his masculine voice.’
      • ‘It was a deep masculine voice that made the little child shiver and sob harder.’
      • ‘This time she did get an answer, although the voice was firm and masculine.’
      • ‘I sighed as that deep masculine voice pierced through my thoughts.’
      • ‘One of the most interesting things about Daniel is that his voice retains its masculine character no matter how high he sings.’
      male, manly, manlike, of men, man's, men's, male-oriented
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  • 2Grammar
    Of or denoting a gender of nouns and adjectives, conventionally regarded as male.

    • ‘Italian casa ‘house’ is a noun of feminine gender, giardino ‘garden’ is a noun of masculine gender.’
    • ‘Latin homo is a masculine noun that can mean a human being, a male person, or humanity in general.’
    • ‘Anthropos and homo are both of masculine gender, but refer to people of both sexes.’
    • ‘It is unfortunate that the gender of the noun, being masculine, is confused with the intent of the word, which is neutral.’
    • ‘It's the nominative masculine plural definite article.’


  • 1The male sex or gender.

    ‘the masculine as the norm’
    • ‘To do this they must address the men in their lives in order to accept the masculine in themselves.’
    • ‘Women have already made considerable progress in incorporating the masculine.’
    • ‘The result seems very much a mix of the two genders, with the emphasis on the masculine.’
    • ‘The feminine is positioned on the side of the open, the masculine on the side of liquidation, closure and exclusion.’
    • ‘It differentiates the masculine from the feminine, the child from the adult and the human from the animal.’
    • ‘It must be part of an inclusive approach to discussing a new history, which integrates the feminine with the masculine.’
    • ‘Feminine things and archetypes will be honored and praised, while the masculine will be thought of as weak and sinful.’
    • ‘Lines and circles, the masculine and the feminine, are cosmic principles whose roots are in our souls.’
    • ‘For the feminine to gain power, the implication is that the masculine must lose it-and then must compensate somehow.’
    • ‘Custom and language associate the former characteristics with the feminine, the latter, with the masculine.’
    • ‘In these works she deals with mythical beasts who are used as symbols of the masculine and feminine in a painterly and expressive manner.’
    • ‘I don't think anyone has ever solved what is the deep feminine and the deep masculine.’
    • ‘But a great many still have a little more trouble with the masculine.’
    • ‘But we believe the feminine is a little bit more important than the masculine.’
    • ‘One of those forces has been the persistent desire to distance science from the feminine, and to identify it with the masculine.’
    1. 1.1Grammar A masculine word or form.
      • ‘The Masculine of either the Adjective or the Participle is freely used in any Case and in any construction.’
      • ‘It will be observed that the masculine of the adjective is declined exactly like a masculine noun of the second declension, the feminine exactly like a feminine noun of the first declension, and the neuter exactly like a neuter noun of the second declension.’
      • ‘What is the masculine of a doe?’
      • ‘In dictionaries, adjectives are always given in the masculine singular and this may not be the form in which you need the adjective and you may have to change it.’


Late Middle English (in grammatical use): via Old French from Latin masculinus, from masculus male.