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a. Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova.
b. Characteristic of or appropriate to this sex in humans and other animals: male hormones; male fashions.
c. Consisting of members of this sex: a male choir.
2. Of or denoting the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete. Used of anisogamous organisms.
3. Botany
a. Relating to or designating organs, such as anthers or antheridia, that produce gametes capable of fertilizing those produced by female organs.
b. Bearing stamens but not pistils; staminate: male flowers.
4. Designating an object, such as an electric plug, designed for insertion into another part or a socket.
1. A male organism.
2. A man or boy.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman masle, male, from Latin masculus, diminutive of mās, male.]

male′ness n.


The capital of the Maldives, on Male, the chief atoll of the island country.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maleness - the properties characteristic of the male sexmaleness - the properties characteristic of the male sex
sexuality, gender - the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles; "she didn't want to know the sex of the foetus"
virility - the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
femaleness, feminineness - the properties characteristic of the female sex
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[ˈmeɪlnɪs] N
1. (= state of being male) → masculinidad f
2. (= masculinity, virility) → masculinidad f, virilidad f
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[ˈmeɪlnɪs] nmasculinité fmale nurse ninfirmier mmale prostitute nprostitué m
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The claimant, from Dudley, West Midlands, said maleness and femaleness are "unchangeable and fundamental to who we are as people who were created in the image of God".
The claimant, from Dudley, said maleness and femaleness are "unchangeable and fundamental to who we are as people who were created in the image of God".
Transgender theory is an ideological view of the nature of maleness and femaleness.
Can Bart keep his Olympic dream and live a "different kind of maleness?"
The transgendered person's disorder, said McHugh, is in the person's "assumption" that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature.
When the 'switch' is flicked in the dominant female spotty, the genes controlling sex determination are revealed, the loops 'shift' and the genes for maleness are 'turned on.'
Showing how black men in the US are deprived of an identity, the author argues that they should be conceptualized as victims oppressed by their sex, as maleness is linked to power and patriarchy and whiteness is masculine in relation to blackness, making blackness not masculine or feminine because it lacks the power of white masculinity.
Psychologists and sociologists equated maleness with innate insensitivity, lack of self-control and violent tendencies.
Within academic research, specifically educational research, research published that constructs or examines maleness of masculinity has typically been monolithic.
If the testicles - or more usually, one testicle - fail to descend, sperm won't be produced normally, but the hormone testosterone (which is responsible for maleness, such as a deeper voice and body hair) will be.
That experience inspired him to explore the psychic and emotional landscapes of blackness and maleness in his work.
Megan DeFranza undertakes the challenging task of writing for a conservative Christian audience about the theological implications of defining the image of God in terms of maleness and femaleness.