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n., pl. men, n.
A man is an adult male human being. The plural of man is men.
Man is sometimes used to refer to human beings in general. For example, instead of saying 'Human beings are destroying the environment', you can say 'Man is destroying the environment'. When man has this meaning, don't use 'the' in front of it.
Men is sometimes used to refer to all human beings, considered as individuals.
Mankind is used to refer to all human beings, considered as a group.
Some people do not like the use of man, men, and mankind to refer to human beings of both sexes, because they think it suggests that men are more important than women. You can use people instead.
Past participle: manned
|Noun||1.||man - an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman); "there were two women and six men on the bus"|
Black man - a man who is Black
white man - a man who is White
yellow man - offensive term for an Asian man
bey - (formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egypt; "he introduced me to Ahmet Bey"
boy - a friendly informal reference to a grown man; "he likes to play golf with the boys"
beau, boyfriend, swain, young man, fellow - a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman; "if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked"
ex-boyfriend - a man who is no longer a woman's boyfriend
bruiser, strapper, bull, Samson - a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got"
dandy, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, dude, beau, clotheshorse, swell - a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
ejaculator - a man who ejaculates semen
Esq, Esquire - a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
castrate, eunuch - a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction; "eunuchs guarded the harem"
father-figure - a man (often a powerful or influential man) who arouses emotions usually felt for your real father and with whom you identify psychologically
buster, dude, fellow - an informal form of address for a man; "Say, fellow, what are you doing?"; "Hey buster, what's up?"
galoot - a disreputable or clumsy man
geezer - a man who is (usually) old and/or eccentric
gentleman - a man of refinement
guy, hombre, bozo, cat - an informal term for a youth or man; "a nice guy"; "the guy's only doing it for some doll"
Herr - a German man; used before the name as a title equivalent to Mr in English
Hooray Henry - a lively and ineffectual upper-class young man
housefather - a man in charge of children in an institution
hunk - a well-built sexually attractive man
inamorato - a man with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship
ironside - a man of great strength or bravery
adonis - any handsome young man
middle-aged man - a man who is roughly between 45 and 65 years old
Monsieur - used as a French courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
Peter Pan - a boyish or immature man; after the boy in Barrie's play who never grows up
ponce - a man who is effeminate in his manner and fussy in the way he dresses
posseman - an able-bodied man serving as a member of a posse
Senhor - a Portuguese title of respect; equivalent to English `Mr'
shaver - an adult male who shaves
signore - an Italian title of respect for a man; equivalent to the English `sir'; used separately (not prefixed to his name)
sir - term of address for a man
stiff - an ordinary man; "a lucky stiff"; "a working stiff"
Tarzan - (sometimes used ironically) a man of great strength and agility (after the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
philanderer, womaniser, womanizer - a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them
|2.||man - someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force; "two men stood sentry duty"|
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
enlisted person - a serviceman who ranks below a commissioned officer
military officer, officer - any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command; "an officer is responsible for the lives of his men"
noncombatant - a member of the armed forces who does not participate in combat (e.g. a chaplain or surgeon)
occupier - a member of a military force who is residing in a conquered foreign country
striper - a serviceman who wears stripes on the uniform to indicate rank or years of service; "he's a four-striper"
veteran, veteran soldier - a serviceman who has seen considerable active service; "the veterans laughed at the new recruits"
|3.||man - the generic use of the word to refer to any human being; "it was every man for himself"|
|4.||man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage|
lumbus, loin - either side of the backbone between the hipbone and the ribs in humans as well as quadrupeds
hominid - a primate of the family Hominidae
genus Homo - type genus of the family Hominidae
human beings, human race, humankind, humans, mankind, humanity, world, man - all of the living human inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"
Homo erectus - extinct species of primitive hominid with upright stature but small brain; "Homo erectus was formerly called Pithecanthropus erectus"
Homo soloensis - extinct primitive hominid of late Pleistocene; Java; formerly Javanthropus
Homo habilis - extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics
Homo sapiens - the only surviving hominid; species to which modern man belongs; bipedal primate having language and ability to make and use complex tools; brain volume at least 1400 cc
Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, Neandertal, Neandertal man, Neanderthal, Neanderthal man - extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia
body, organic structure, physical structure - the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being); "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
chassis, bod, human body, material body, physical body, physique, build, anatomy, figure, flesh, frame, shape, soma, form - alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
body hair - short hair growing over a person's body
human head - the head of a human being
side - either the left or right half of a body; "he had a pain in his side"
foot, human foot, pes - the part of the leg of a human being below the ankle joint; "his bare feet projected from his trousers"; "armored from head to foot"
arm - a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb
hand, manus, mitt, paw - the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
nutrition - the scientific study of food and drink (especially in humans)
Homo rhodesiensis, Rhodesian man - a primitive hominid resembling Neanderthal man but living in Africa
schistosome dermatitis, swimmer's itch - a sensitization reaction to repeated invasion of the skin by cercariae of schistosomes
hyperdactyly, polydactyly - birth defect characterized by the presence of more than the normal number of fingers or toes
|5.||man - a male subordinate; "the chief stationed two men outside the building"; "he awaited word from his man in Havana"|
|6.||man - an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent); "the army will make a man of you"|
|7.||man - a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer; "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"|
body servant - a valet or personal maid
manservant - a man servant
|8.||man - a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman; "she takes good care of her man"|
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
lover - a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage
woman - a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man; "he was faithful to his woman"
|9.||Man - one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea|
British Isles - Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
|10.||man - game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games; "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board"; "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"|
black - (board games) the darker pieces
game equipment - equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
tile - game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.
white - (board games) the lighter pieces
|11.||man - all of the living human inhabitants of the earth; "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"|
human, human being, homo, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
|Verb||1.||man - take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place; "Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"|
man - provide with workers; "We cannot man all the desks"; "Students were manning the booths"
|2.||man - provide with workers; "We cannot man all the desks"; "Students were manning the booths"|
staff - provide with staff; "This position is not always staffed"
crew - serve as a crew member on
man - take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place; "Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"
adjectives anthropic, anthropoid, anthropoidal
fear androphobia, anthropophobia
"Man is only a reed, the weakest thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed" [Blaise Pascal Pensées]
"Man is the measure of all things" [Protagoras]
"Man is heaven's masterpiece" [Francis Quarles Emblems]
"There are many wonderful things, and nothing is more wonderful than man" [Sophocles Antigone]
"Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave" [Thomas Browne Hydriotaphia]
"Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions" [Charles Colton Lacon]
"Man has but three events in his life: to be born, to live, and to die. He is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live" [Jean de la Bruyère The Characters, or the Manners of the Age]
"The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence" [Art Linkletter A Child's Garden of Misinformation]
"Man is a useless passion" [Jean-Paul Sartre L'Être et le néant]
"Glory to Man in the highest! for Man is the master of things" [Algernon Charles Swinburne Atalanta in Calydon: Hymn of Man]
"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability" [Oscar Wilde]
"What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]
"Man is nature's sole mistake" [W.S. Gilbert Princess Ida]
"Man is something to be surpassed" [Friedrich Nietzche Thus Spake Zarathustra]
"Man was formed for society" [William Blackstone Commentaries on the Laws of England]
"man: an animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"Men are but children of a larger growth" [John Dryden All for Love]
"Man, became man through work, who stepped out of the animal kingdom as transformer of the natural into the artificial, who became therefore the magician" [Ernst Fischer The Necessity of Art]
"The best of men are but men at best"
he's been a different man since he got married → es otro hombre desde que se casó
the man who does the garden → el señor que hace el jardín
when a man needs a wash → cuando uno necesita lavarse
her man is in the army (husband) → su marido está en el ejército; (boyfriend) → su novio está en el ejército
officers and men (= soldiers) → oficiales y soldados; (= sailors) → oficiales y marineros
he's not the man to do it → él no es la persona adecuada para hacerlo
I've lived here man and boy → vivo aquí desde pequeño
he's not the man for the job → no es el más indicado para esa tarea
man of God → religioso m, clérigo m
good man! → ¡bravo!, ¡muy bien!
my good man (o.f.) → buen hombre, amigo mío
all good men and true (liter) → todos los que merecen llamarse hombres
man of letters → literato m
it's got to be a local man → tiene que ser uno de aquí
to make a man of sb → hacer un hombre de algn
the army will make a man out of him → el ejército le hará un hombre
man of means → hombre m acaudalado
the man in the moon → el rostro de (mujer en) la luna
to feel (like) a new man → sentirse como nuevo
look here, old man (o.f.) → mira, amigo
my old man → el viejo
the man on the Clapham omnibus → el hombre de la calle
our man in Washington (= agent) → nuestro agente en Washington; (= representative) → nuestro representante en Washington; (= ambassador) → nuestro embajador en Washington
man of parts → hombre m de talento
man of property → hombre m acaudalado
man of straw (= person of no substance) → monigote m, títere m (esp US) (= front man) → hombre m de paja, testaferro m
the man in the street → el hombre de la calle
the strong man of the government → el hombre fuerte del gobierno
that man Jones → aquel Jones
man to man → de hombre a hombre
he's a man about town → es un gran vividor
man and wife → marido y mujer
to live as man and wife → vivir como casados or en matrimonio
a man of the world → un hombre de mundo
a young man → un joven
her young man → su novio
this will separate or sort the men from the boys → con esto se verá quiénes son hombres y quiénes no
to be man enough to do sth → ser lo bastante hombre or tener valor suficiente como para hacer algo
to reach man's estate (frm) → llegar a la edad viril
see also best E
see also cloth 4
see also grand A1
man proposes, God disposes → el hombre propone y Dios dispone
what else could a man do? → ¿es que se podía hacer otra cosa?
men say that → se dice que ...
any man → cualquiera, cualquier hombre
no man → ninguno, nadie
as one man → como un solo hombre
one man one vote → un voto para cada uno
they agreed to a man → no hubo voz en contra
they're communists to a man → todos sin excepción son comunistas
then I'm your man → entonces soy la persona que estás buscando
he's a Celtic man → es del Celtic
I'm not a drinking man → yo no bebo
he's a family man (= with family) → es padre de familia; (= home-loving) → es muy casero
I'm not a football man → no soy aficionado al fútbol, no me gusta mucho el fútbol
he's a man's man → es un hombre estimado entre otros hombres
he's his own man → es un hombre muy fiel a sí mismo
I'm a whisky man myself → yo prefiero el whisky
the gun is manned by four soldiers → cuatro soldados manejan el cañón
the telephone is manned all day → el teléfono está atendido todo el día
see also manned
man[ˈmæn] [men] (pl)
a handsome man → un bel homme
to a man (= without exception) → comme un seul homme
to be man enough to do sth → avoir le courage de faire qch
to be one's own man (= independent-minded) → être son propre maître betting man, gambling man
man and wife → mari et femme
my man (= husband) → mon mari (= partner) → mon ami, mon compagnon
The men voted to accept the pay offer → Les ouvriers ont voté en faveur de la proposition salariale.
the brutality of man towards nature → la violence de l'homme envers la nature
known to man
the most dangerous substance known to man → la plus dangereuse substance connue
Hey man, where d'you get those boots? → Hé vieux tu les as eues où ces chaussures?
those who man the office → ceux qui assurent la permanence au bureau
to man the phones → être de permanence téléphonique, assurer une permanence téléphonique
to man the barricades → tenir les barricades
The station is seldom manned in the evening
BUT La permanence de la gare est rarement assurée dans la soirée.; La gare est généralement sans personnel dans la soirée.
an old man → un vecchio
a blind man → un cieco
man and wife → marito e moglie
her man is in the army → il suo uomo è nell'esercito
the man in the street → l'uomo della strada
he was man enough to apologize → ha avuto il coraggio di scusarsi
he's a man about town → è un uomo di mondo
a man of the world → un uomo di mondo or di grande esperienza
men say that ... → si dice che...
no man → nessuno
any man → chiunque
that man Jones → quel Jones
as one man → come un sol uomo
they're communists to a man → sono tutti comunisti, dal primo all'ultimo
he's not the man for the job → non è l'uomo adatto per questo lavoro
I'm not a drinking man → non sono un bevitore
he's a family man → è un uomo tutto casa e famiglia
he's a Glasgow man → è di Glasgow
the ice-cream man → il gelataio
come on, man! → dai, forza!
good man! → bravo!