Definition of virile in English:



  • 1(of a man) having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive.

    ‘he was a powerful, virile man’
    • ‘I understand how distracted a woman can be with a virile man waiting at home for her.’
    • ‘The fact that testosterone is involved gave rise to the idea that bald men are more virile.’
    • ‘According to Hicks, the Christian gentleman is ‘strong, virile, and courageous,’ but will ‘never cause pain and is always kind and polite.’’
    • ‘Usually, US Army personnel are depicted on TV or in the movies as smart, fit, tall, handsome, virile men, eager to fight for their country and ever at the ready.’
    • ‘These guys all want to come home, have their necks rubbed, have their slippers handed to them, and be told what big, virile men they are.’
    • ‘There's nothing I hate more than a virile guy who is an effective patient listener.’
    • ‘In the film, Sarah emerges as a person of weaker character - a woman so desperate for a virile man than she is willing to cash in her passionate relationship with God.’
    • ‘The soldiers are being taught the perfect etiquette in beheading - the exact way to cleanse the sword, the proper way to swing the weapon, the strong virile shout.’
    • ‘He deconstructs myths of the tough virile man, laying his anxieties bare on the floor.’
    • ‘Strong-muscled, virile, simple and truthful, the Paharis inhabit the hilly tracts of the ‘middle mountains'.’
    • ‘I must be very lucky person because every time I look at my e - mail someone wants to make me a millionaire, help me lose weight or become the world's most virile man.’
    • ‘Sperm banks then sell the seminal product through catalogs which feature glossy photos of virile men.’
    • ‘It was hard to see him as anything other than a virile male.’
    • ‘Think about what it would be like to have a younger, more virile man make love to you!!’
    • ‘Gandhari is given away by reluctant parents to a blind but virile husband, yet is unable to become a mother by natural means.’
    • ‘You could have had me, a young, virile man, but no, you had to have an old fat king.’
    • ‘Surely these handsome, virile guys must have been having a good time in mid-town, with its bright lights and ‘action’.’
    • ‘Besides, you've just been dumped for another, more virile man so I hardly think you're one to speak.’
    • ‘The inscription reads: ‘Dedicated to those virile men - the copper miners…’’
    • ‘I'd much rather be de-frosted in a hundred years time a reasonably virile man in his twenties, rather than a decrepit octogenarian who had already died once.’
    manly, masculine, male, all-male
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    1. 1.1 Having or characterized by strength and energy.
      ‘a strong, virile performance of the Mass’
      • ‘A wonderfully virile performance of a great work!’
      • ‘It implies progress, action, a sweeping away of the old order, a new era of vigorous and virile therapy.’
      • ‘As the editor of Independence, which was a task assigned to him, he proved his mettle as he was possessed of intellectual daring, a virile pen and sound political judgement.’
      • ‘Cummins is a vulnerable, angry, intense, virile and passionate performer, making a ‘raging bull’ appear human, sad, remorseful and honourable.’
      • ‘It was a strong hand, virile and filled with vigor.’
      • ‘Time and again, advanced and cultured societies have been laid low by more primitive and virile enemies with superior military institutions and a stronger will to fight.’
      • ‘Entrapment: ‘a subtle and surprisingly virile performance’.’
      • ‘Where I live we are surrounded by people in their 80s and 90s who are vigorous, virile and full of life as anyone I know.’
      • ‘Let's say, then, that they range from the distinguished and powerful to the young, brave and virile.’
      • ‘Scott Hendricks is an equally flexible, believable actor, a passionate advocate for freedom with his strong, virile baritone.’
      • ‘A crucial part of the war effort was expended on creating an army of men who looked heroic, larger than life, and capable of showing forth the nation's virile strength.’
      • ‘It flags during the encampment scenes, with some redundant gore, but this is a muscular, virile piece of film-making from Boyle.’
      • ‘For the next 30 years he was one of the company's most important principal dancers, an athletic and virile performer.’
      • ‘Combat stimulates the virile or creative energy; and, like love, of which it is one form, excites the mind to an orgasm which enables it to transcend its rational dullness.’
      • ‘One of them, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was convinced that the strong, virile physical and moral education of the British public schools was responsible for the prodigious expansion of the British Empire.’
      • ‘Sacred bovids, beginning with the fecund cow and advancing to the virile bull, were finally degraded to mere substance in the hands of humanized deities.’
      • ‘The result is that the ruddy duck's genes, stronger, more virile, dominate the union, producing ruddy duck dominated hybrids and weakening the white-headed duck strain.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘characteristic of a man’): from French viril or Latin virilis, from vir ‘man’.