from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, characteristic of, or natural to a man.
  • adj. Resembling, imitative of, or suggestive of a man rather than a woman: a mannish stride. See Synonyms at male.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or suitable for a man
  • adj. Resembling a human being in form or nature; human.
  • adj. Fond of men.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a human being in form or nature; human.
  • adj. Resembling, suitable to, or characteristic of, a man, manlike, masculine.
  • adj. Fond of men; -- said of a woman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 1. Of the human species; of the nature of man; human in kind.
  • Characteristic of man; natural to the human species; human in quality.
  • Characteristic of or resembling the males of the human kind; hence, as applied to a woman, masculine; unwomanly.
  • Simulating manhood; having the air or appearance of manliness; characteristic of the mature age of manhood.
  • Fond of men; addicted to the society of men.
  • Synonyms Male, Manly, etc. See masculine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling or imitative of or suggestive of a man rather than a woman
  • adj. characteristic of a man as distinguished from a woman


From Middle English mannisshe, mannysh, from earlier mennish ("human", also "humanity, mankind"), from Old English mennisc ("human, natural, humane", also "mankind, humnan race"), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (“human, humanity”), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (“man, human, person”), from Proto-Indo-European *mAnw- (“man”), equivalent to man +‎ -ish. Cognate with Dutch mens ("human"), German Mensch ("human being"), Danish mennesk ("human"), Icelandic manneskju ("person, human being"). More at man, mennish. (Wiktionary)


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