• IPA: /ˈmænli/

manly (comparative manlier, superlative manliest)

  1. Having the characteristics of a man.
  2. 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.
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