masculine
masculine mas"cu*line (m[a^]s"k[-u]*l[i^]n), a. [L. masculinus, fr. masculus male, manly, dim. of mas a male: cf. F. masculin. See {Male} masculine.] 1. Of the male sex; not female. [1913 Webster]

Thy masculine children, that is to say, thy sons. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Having the qualities of a man; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; virile; not feminine or effeminate; strong; robust. [1913 Webster]

That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins with a masculine energy. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

3. Belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males. [R.] ``A masculine church.'' --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

4. (Gram.) Having the inflections of, or construed with, words pertaining especially to male beings, as distinguished from {feminine} and {neuter}. See {Gender}. -- {Mas"cu*line*ly}, adv. -- {Mas"cu*line*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • masculine — (adj.) mid 14c., belonging to the male grammatical gender; late 14c., of men, male, from O.Fr. masculin of the male sex (12c.), from L. masculinus male, of masculine gender, from masculus male, masculine; worthy of a man, dim. of mas (gen. maris) …   Etymology dictionary

  • masculine — [mas′kyo͞o lin, mas′kyəlin] adj. [ME masculyn < OFr masculin < L masculinus < masculus, male < mas, male] 1. male; of men or boys 2. having qualities regarded as characteristic of men and boys, as strength, vigor, boldness, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • masculine — *male, virile, manful, manly, manlike, mannish Analogous words: *vigorous, energetic, lusty, strenuous: robust, *healthy, sound Antonyms: feminine Contrasted words: womanly, ladylike, womanlike, womanish, *female …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • masculine — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to men; male. 2) having the qualities or appearance traditionally associated with men. 3) Grammar referring to a gender of nouns and adjectives conventionally regarded as male. DERIVATIVES masculinity noun. ORIGIN from… …   English terms dictionary

  • masculine — 01. She has a very [masculine] voice; very deep for a woman. 02. Your brother looks very [masculine] in his new navy uniform. 03. As a 40 year old man who was unable to grow a beard, John s [masculinity] was constantly being questioned. 04. She… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • masculine — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ She has a very masculine face. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • masculine — [[t]mæ̱skjʊlɪn[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Masculine qualities and things relate to or are considered typical of men, in contrast to women. ...masculine characteristics like a husky voice and facial hair... Perhaps some kind of masculine pride was… …   English dictionary

  • masculine — adjective 1 belonging to men, done by men, or considered to be typical of men: a masculine approach to the problem | traditionally masculine subjects such as physics | a dark, masculine face 2 if a woman s appearance or voice is masculine, it is… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • masculine — ● masculin, masculine adjectif (latin masculinus, de masculus, mâle) Qui appartient, qui a rapport au mâle, à l homme : Voix masculine. Métier masculin. Qui est composé d hommes : Équipe masculine. Se dit des noms qui appartiennent au masculin,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • masculine — I UK [ˈmæskjʊlɪn] / US [ˈmæskjəlɪn] adjective * 1) a) with qualities thought to be typical of men a masculine voice b) connected with men traditionally masculine roles 2) linguistics masculine nouns, pronouns, and adjectives have different forms… …   English dictionary

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