adjective Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French viril, from Latin virilis, from vir man, male; akin to Old English & Old High German wer man, Sanskrit vīra Date: 15th century 1. having the nature, properties, or qualities of an adult male; specifically capable of functioning as a male in copulation 2. energetic, vigorous 3. a. characteristic of or associated with men ; masculine b. having traditionally masculine traits especially to a marked degree 4. masterful, forcefulvirilely adverb

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  • Virile — Vi rile (?; 277), a. [L. virilis, fr. vir a man; akin to AS. wer: cf. F. viril. See {Werewolf}, {World}, and cf. {Decemvir}, {Virago}, {Virtue}.] Having the nature, properties, or qualities, of an adult man; characteristic of developed manhood;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • virile — (adj.) late 15c., from O.Fr. viril, from L. virilis of a man, manly, from vir a man, a hero, from PIE *uiHro freeman (Cf. Skt. virah, Avestan vira , Lith. vyras, O.Ir. fer, Welsh gwr, Goth. wair, O.E. wer …   Etymology dictionary

  • virile — index potent, spartan, strong Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • virile — agg. [dal lat. virilis, der. di vir uomo (in quanto maschio e adulto)]. 1. a. [di essere umano di sesso maschile: attributi v. ] ▶◀ maschile, maschio, mascolino. ◀▶ (lett.) femmineo, (spreg., non com.) femminesco, femminile, (lett.) femminino,… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • virile — manful, manly, *male, masculine, manlike, mannish Antonyms: effeminate: impotent (sense 2) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • virile — is pronounced vi riyl in BrE, and also vi rǝl in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • virile — [adj] potent, powerful driving, energetic, forceful, generative, lusty, macho*, procreative, red blooded*, reproductive, robust, sound, strong, vibrant, vigorous, vital; concepts 372,401,404 Ant. effeminate, impotent, unmanly …   New thesaurus

  • virile — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a man) having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive. 2) vigorous, strong, and manly. DERIVATIVES virility noun. ORIGIN Latin virilis, from vir man …   English terms dictionary

  • virile — [vir′əl; ] chiefly Brit [, vir′īl΄] adj. [L virilis < vir, man: see WEREWOLF] 1. of, belonging to, or characteristic of an adult man; manly; male 2. having manly strength or vigor; forceful 3. of or capable of copulation; sexually potent SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • virile — [[t]vɪ̱raɪl, AM r(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe a man as virile, you mean that he has the qualities that a man is traditionally expected to have, such as strength and sexual power. He wanted his sons to become strong, virile, and… …   English dictionary

  • virile — vi·rì·le agg. CO 1. di, da uomo, maschile, mascolino: aspetto virile, caratteristiche virili Sinonimi: maschile, maschio, mascolino. Contrari: femmineo, femminile. 2. che è proprio del sesso maschile nella sua maturità: voce virile Contrari:… …   Dizionario italiano

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