from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of men, especially when considered traditionally masculine, as in being courageous or direct.
  • adjective Well-developed or toned in musculature.
  • adverb In a manly manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Humane; charitable; hospitable.
  • Possessing the proper characteristics of a man; independent in spirit or bearing; strong, brave, large-minded, etc.
  • Pertaining to or becoming a man; not boyish or womanish; marked by or manifesting the quality of manhood; suitable for a man.
  • Synonyms Manful, etc. (see masculine); honorable, high-minded.
  • In the manner of a man; manfully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a manly manner; with the courage and fortitude of a manly man.
  • adjective Having qualities becoming to a man; not childish or womanish; manlike, esp. brave, courageous, resolute, noble.

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  • adjective Having the characteristics of a man.

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

  • adjective possessing qualities befitting a man
  • adverb in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man
  • adjective characteristic of a man


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  • Wishypedia lists four places named Manly: one in USA, one in New Zealand, two in Australia.

    Australia is clearly the Manliest country on earth.

    October 8, 2009