manful


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man·ful

 (măn′fəl)
adj.
Having or showing characteristics traditionally associated with masculinity, such as courage or reserve.

man′ful·ly adv.
man′ful·ness n.
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manful

(ˈmænfʊl)
adj
a less common word for manly
ˈmanfully adv
ˈmanfulness n
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man•ful

(ˈmæn fəl)

adj.
having or showing boldness, courage, or strength.
[1350–1400]
man′ful•ly, adv.
man′ful•ness, n.
syn: See manly.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.manful - possessing qualities befitting a man
masculine - associated with men and not with women
2.manful - characteristic of a manmanful - characteristic of a man; "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"
masculine - associated with men and not with women
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manful

adjective
Of, characteristic of, or befitting the male sex:
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Translations

manful

[ˈmænfʊl] ADJvaliente, resuelto
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manful

adj, manfully
advmannhaft (geh), → mutig, beherzt
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manful

[ˈmænfʊl] adjcoraggioso/a, valoroso/a
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References in classic literature ?
She would very gladly have gone out to enjoy the bright wintry weather, but discovering that Laurie was dropping with sleep in spite of manful efforts to conceal the fact, she persuaded him to rest on the sofa, while she wrote a note to her mother.
Through the fire and through the smoke--in the fire and in the smoke, for the sea cast him up against a cannon, and on the instant he became a cannonier--Defarge of the wine-shop worked like a manful soldier, Two fierce hours.
There too, as his ultimate destiny, must we rank the dreamer, who, all his life long, has cherished the idea that he was peculiarly apt for something, but never could determine what it was; and there the most unfortunate of men, whose purpose it has been to enjoy life's pleasures, but to avoid a manful struggle with its toil and sorrow.
In the gloom of our ignorance of what shall be, in the hour when we are deaf to the higher voices, who does not envy those who have seen safely to an end their manful endeavor?
The rest picks up stones, and gives it us right away till we gets out of shot, the young gents holding out werry manful with the pea- shooters and such stones as lodged on us, and a pretty many there was too.
But though born of the race you love so little, my worst enemy, not even a lying Mingo, would dare to say that I ever laid hands on the goods of another, except such as were taken in manful warfare; or that I ever coveted more ground than the Lord has intended each man to fill."
In doing all this and much more, in a perfectly unaffected way and with a manful and composed constancy, while the pain within him (peculiar as his life and history) was very sharp, there might have been some quiet strength of character.
Then, whatever inconvenience or distress of mind the deception cost him, it was manful repentantly to accept as among its consequences, and make no complaint.
``This is Cedric's clown, who fought so manful a skirmish with Isaac of York about a question of precedence.''
Grandma's name recalled the tender memory that always did him good, and the thought that Polly trusted her dearest brother to his care stirred up a manful desire to deserve the confidence.
But here he was, cutting and slashing with two experienced swordsman, thrusting, and guarding, and poking, and slicing, and acquitting himself in the most manful and dexterous manner possible, although up to that time he had never been aware that he had the least notion of the science.
And he was - honourable and manful - for two year going on, and we was just the same at home here as afore.'