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1. Of or relating to men or boys; male.
2. Characterized by or possessing qualities traditionally attributed to men, such as aggressiveness.
3. Grammar Relating or belonging to the gender of words or forms that refer chiefly to males or to things grammatically classified as male.
4. Music Ending on an accented beat: a masculine cadence.
1. Grammar
a. The masculine gender.
b. A word or word form of the masculine gender.
2. Archaic A male person.

[Middle English masculin, from Old French, from Latin masculīnus, from masculus, male, diminutive of mās.]

mas′cu·line·ly adv.
mas′cu·line·ness, mas′cu·lin′·ity (-lĭn′ĭ-tē) n.
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1. possessing qualities or characteristics considered typical of or appropriate to a man; manly
2. unwomanly
3. (Grammar) grammar
a. denoting a gender of nouns, occurring in many inflected languages, that includes all kinds of referents as well as some male animate referents
b. (as noun): German "Weg" is a masculine.
[C14: via French from Latin masculīnus, from masculus male, from mās a male]
ˈmasculinely adv
ˌmascuˈlinity, ˈmasculineness n
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(ˈmæs kyə lɪn)

1. pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men.
2. having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness.
3. of, pertaining to, or being the grammatical gender that has among its members most nouns referring to males, as well as other nouns, as Spanish dedo “finger” or German Bleistift “pencil.”
4. (of a woman) mannish.
5. the masculine gender.
6. a word or other form in or marking the masculine gender.
[1300–50; Middle English masculin < Latin masculīnus=mascul(us) male (mās male + -culus -cule1) + -īnus -ine1]
mas′cu•line•ly, adv.
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1. 'male'

Male means 'relating to the sex that cannot have babies'. You can use male as an adjective to describe either people or animals.

A male nurse came to take my temperature.
Male dogs tend to be more aggressive.

You can use male as a noun to refer to an animal.

They protect their territory from other males.

In scientific contexts, male is sometimes used as a noun to refer to men or boys.

The condition affects both males and females.

People sometimes use male to talk about men, in order to avoid using 'man' or 'boy'.

I looked in through the window and saw only males.
The police are looking for a tall white male in his mid-twenties.
2. 'masculine'

Masculine means 'typical of men, rather than women'.

He was tall, strong, and very masculine.
They painted the room in dark, masculine colours.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'masculine' to talk about animals.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.masculine - a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as malemasculine - a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male
gender, grammatical gender - a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness
Adj.1.masculine - of grammatical gender
masculine - associated with men and not with women
feminine - of grammatical gender
neuter - of grammatical gender; "`it' is the third-person singular neuter pronoun"
2.masculine - associated with men and not with women
manful, manlike, manly - possessing qualities befitting a man
male - being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation; "a male infant"; "a male holly tree"
masculine - of grammatical gender
feminine - associated with women and not with men; "feminine intuition"
3.masculine - (music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable; "a masculine cadence"; "the masculine rhyme of `annoy, enjoy'"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
accented, stressed - bearing a stress or accent; "an iambic foot consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable as in `delay'"
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1. male, manly, mannish, manlike, virile, manful masculine characteristics such as a deep voice and facial hair
2. strong, powerful, bold, brave, strapping, hardy, robust, vigorous, muscular, macho, butch (slang), resolute, gallant, well-built, red-blooded (informal), stout-hearted an aggressive, masculine image
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Of, characteristic of, or befitting the male sex:
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mužskýmužnýmužského rodu
남성남성적인남자 같은남자다운남자의
vyriškasvyriškosios giminŗsvyrų
mužského rodu
moškega spolamoški
erkeksierilerkeğe aiterkek cinsinden sayılan
thuộc đàn ông


1. [qualities, voice etc] → masculino
2. (esp pej) [woman, image, appearance] → masculino, hombruno (pej)
3. (Gram) → masculino
B. N (Gram) → masculino m
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I'm not the world's most masculine man → Je ne suis pas le plus masculin des hommes.
nmasculin m
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adjmännlich; woman, room, decormaskulin; (Gram) → maskulin, männlich
n (Gram) → Maskulinum nt
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1. adj (also) (Gram) → maschile (pej) (woman) → mascolino/a
2. n (Gram) → (genere m) maschile m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈmӕskjulin) adjective
1. of the male sex. masculine qualities.
2. in certain languages, of one of usually two or three genders of nouns etc. Is the French word for `door' masculine or feminine?
ˌmascuˈlinity noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


ذَكَرُ mužský maskulin männlich ανδρικός masculino maskuliininen masculin muževan maschile 男らしい 남성적인 mannelijk maskulin męski masculino мужской maskulin อย่างผู้ชาย erkeksi thuộc đàn ông 男性的
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a. masculino-a, viril.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


adj masculino
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References in classic literature ?
[Nouns in themselves are either masculine, feminine, or neuter.
Ogg's were not all brave, by any means; some of them were even fond of scandal, and to an extent that might have given their conversation an effeminate character, if it had not been distinguished by masculine jokes, and by an occasional shrug of the shoulders at the mutual hatred of women.
As there were no men in the company the girls danced at first with each other, but when the hour for the close of labour drew on, the masculine inhabitants of the village, together with other idlers and pedestrians, gathered round the spot, and appeared inclined to negotiate for a partner.
"She doesn't even guess what it's all about." And he contemplated her absorbed young face with a thrill of possessorship in which pride in his own masculine initiation was mingled with a tender reverence for her abysmal purity.
Casaubon found that sprinkling was the utmost approach to a plunge which his stream would afford him; and he concluded that the poets had much exaggerated the force of masculine passion.
For certain it is, that rebels, figured by the giants, and seditious fames and libels, are but brothers and sisters, masculine and feminine.
She had a large, firm, masculine mouth and jaw; prominent, piercing, resolute brown eyes; and thick, coal-black hair, growing unusually low down on her forehead.
"And am I not a hundred times better thus?" cried Eugenie, smoothing the scattered curls of her hair, which had now quite a masculine appearance; "and do you not think me handsomer so?"
He was certainly a handsome man--beautiful in the masculine sense.
Perhaps, deep down, the reason is that there still vibrates in the masculine blood the thrilling surprise of the moment when man first realised that the angel woman was built upon the same carnivorous principles as his grosser self.
"Only," said he, "it is no longer the sentimental card of the seventeenth century, it is the card of life, very neatly divided into two parts, one feminine, the other masculine; the right hemisphere for woman, the left for man."
You see, you are such a chivalrous masculine beggar.