Definitions

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

  • n. The quality or state of being virile; manly character.
  • n. Masculine vigor; potency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being virile
  • n. Manly character
  • n. The ability to procreate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being virile; developed manhood; manliness; specif., the power of procreation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Manhood; the state of one of the male sex who has arrived at the maturity and strength of a man, and acquired the power of procreation.
  • n. The power of procreation.
  • n. Character or conduct of man, or befitting a man; masculine action or aspect; hence, strength; vigor.

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

  • n. the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
  • n. the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male

Etymologies

From Latin virīlitās (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The high-pitched, tinny sound of this word isn't very manly.

    October 5, 2008