• (RP) IPA: /məˈnjʊə/, /məˈnjɔː/
  • (America) IPA: /məˈn(j)ʊɹ/, /məˈn(j)u.ɚ/

manure (manures, present participle manuring; past and past participle manured)

  1. To cultivate by manual labor; to till; hence, to develop by culture.
    • to whom we gave the strand for to manure
    • Manure thyself then; to thyself be improved; / And with vain, outward things be no more moved.
  2. To apply manure (as fertilizer or soil improver).
    The farmer manured his fallow field.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, 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 IV, scene i]:
      The blood of English shall manure the ground.
  • Russian: возделывать
  • Spanish: cultivar
Translations Noun


  1. Animal excrement, especially that of common domestic farm animals and when used as fertilizer. Generally speaking, from cows, horses, sheep, pigs and chickens.
  2. Any fertilizing substance, whether of animal origin or not; fertiliser.
    • Malt dust consists chiefly of the infant radicle separated from the grain. I have never made any experiment upon this manure; but there is great reason to suppose it must contain saccharine matter; and this will account for its powerful effects.
  3. (euphemism) Rubbish; nonsense; bullshit.
    • 2005, Ginny Aiken, Design on a Crime (page 217)
      “You know the police think I killed Marge, don't you?”
      “What a load of manure! I couldn't believe it when I read the paper.”

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