Masculineness
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • masculineness — noun The state or condition of being masculine. Syn: masculinity …   Wiktionary

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  • masculineness — mas·cu·line·ness …   English syllables

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  • masculinity — 1748; see MASCULINE (Cf. masculine) + ITY (Cf. ity). Earlier in same sense was masculineness (1660s) …   Etymology dictionary

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