- IPA: /ˈmænli/
manly (comparative manlier, superlative manliest)
- Having the characteristics of a man.
- Having qualities befitting a man; courageous, resolute, noble.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
- Let's briefly put on manly readiness.
- Serene and manly, hardened to sustain / The load of life.
- 2001, Thomas W. Smith, Revaluing Ethics: Aristotle's Dialectical Pedagogy (page 86)
- Without a successful defense of one's city, none of the other virtues would be possible; manly courage seems to be a precondition for anything else worth achieving in life.