male

A male is a guy, a dude, a boy, or a man. A male animal is not female. Male life forms are the opposite of females in many ways. The biggest way is that males can’t have babies.

Male is a manly word. Rarr! You won’t find women on an all-male rugby team. If the doctor says, “It’s a boy,” you’ve got yourself a male baby. Males exist in plants and other animals — the male is the gamete-producing sex that fertilizes the female. Things can be male, too, like adapters that have male parts that fit into female parts. Most male animals are bigger than females, but not all. The biggest blue whales are female.

Definitions of male
  1. adjective
    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation
    “a male infant”
    “a male holly tree”
    Synonyms:
    antheral, staminate
    capable of fertilizing female organs
    phallic, priapic
    resembling or being a phallus
    priapic
    overly concerned with masculinity and male sexuality
    young-begetting
    capable of fathering offspring
    masculine
    associated with men and not with women
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    female
    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop
    androgynous
    having both male and female characteristics
    female
    for or pertaining to or composed of women or girls
    egg-producing, young-bearing
    capable of producing eggs and bearing offspring
    pistillate
    having gynoecia, or pistils, the ovule-bearing organ of a seed plant
    bisexual, epicene
    having an ambiguous sexual identity
    gynandromorphic, gynandromorphous
    having both male and female morphological characteristics
    hermaphrodite, hermaphroditic
    of animal or plant; having both male female reproductive organs
    intersexual
    having sexual characteristics intermediate between those of male and female
    pseudohermaphrodite, pseudohermaphroditic
    having internal reproductive organs of one sex and external sexual characteristics of the other sex
    unisex
    not distinguished on the basis of sex
    feminine
    associated with women and not with men
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  2. adjective
    characteristic of a man
    “a deep male voice”
    synonyms: manful, manlike, manly, virile
    masculine
    associated with men and not with women
  3. adjective
    for or pertaining to or composed of men or boys
    “the male lead”
    “the male population”
  4. noun
    an animal that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that can fertilize female gametes (ova)
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    female
    an animal that produces gametes (ova) that can be fertilized by male gametes (spermatozoa)
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    sire
    male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse
    colt
    a young male horse under the age of four
    male horse
    the male of species Equus caballus
    bullock, steer
    castrated bull
    ridgel, ridgeling, ridgil, ridgling
    a colt with undescended testicles
    entire, stallion
    uncastrated adult male horse
    gelding
    castrated male horse
    type of:
    animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  5. noun
    a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
    synonyms: male person
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    female, female person
    a person who belongs to the sex that can have babies
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    Adam
    (Old Testament) in Judeo-Christian mythology; the first man and the husband of Eve and the progenitor of the human race
    Cain
    (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and was exiled by God
    Abel
    (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain
    Seth
    (Old Testament) third son of Adam and Eve; given by God in place of the murdered Abel
    Ham
    (Old Testament) son of Noah
    Japheth
    (Old Testament) son of Noah
    Shem
    (Old Testament) eldest son of Noah
    George Bryan Brummell
    English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
    Esau
    (Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage
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    boy wonder
    an extremely talented young male person
    blighter, bloke, chap, cuss, fella, feller, fellow, gent, lad
    a boy or man
    foster brother, foster-brother
    your foster brother is a male who is not a son of your parents but who is raised by your parents
    macho
    a male exhibiting or characterized by machismo
    boy, male child
    a youthful male person
    male offspring, man-child
    a child who is male
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
    man
    a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman
    man
    an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)
    mother's son
    a male person
    sirrah
    formerly a contemptuous term of address to an inferior man or boy; often used in anger
    Black man
    a man who is Black
    white man
    a man who is White
    altar boy
    a boy serving as an acolyte
    baboo, babu
    used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
    bachelor, unmarried man
    a man who has never been married
    ball boy
    a boy who retrieves balls for tennis players
    bat boy
    (baseball) a boy who takes care of bats and other baseball equipment
    bey
    (formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egypt
    boy
    a friendly informal reference to a grown man
    cub, lad, laddie, sonny, sonny boy
    a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)
    beau, boyfriend, fellow, swain, young man
    a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
    ex-boyfriend
    a man who is no longer a woman's boyfriend
    Samson, bruiser, bull, strapper
    a large and strong and heavyset man
    catamite
    a boy who submits to a sexual relationship with a man
    beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, swell
    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
    dog
    informal term for a man
    Esq, Esquire
    a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
    castrate, eunuch
    a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction
    farm boy
    a boy who has grown up on a farm
    father figure, father surrogate
    a man who takes over all the functions of the real father
    father-figure
    a man (often a powerful or influential man) who arouses emotions usually felt for your real father and with whom you identify psychologically
    Fauntleroy, Little Lord Fauntleroy
    an excessively polite and well-dressed boy
    buster, dude, fellow
    an informal form of address for a man
    galoot
    a disreputable or clumsy man
    geezer
    a man who is (usually) old and/or eccentric
    gentleman
    a man of refinement
    divorced man, grass widower
    a man who is divorced from (or separated from) his wife
    bozo, cat, guy, hombre
    an informal term for a youth or man
    Herr
    a German man; used before the name as a title equivalent to Mr in English
    Hooray Henry
    a lively and ineffectual upper-class young man
    housefather
    a man in charge of children in an institution
    hunk
    a well-built sexually attractive man
    ex, ex-husband
    a man who was formerly a certain woman's husband
    inamorato
    a man with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship
    iron man, ironman
    a strong man of exceptional physical endurance
    ironside
    a man of great strength or bravery
    adonis
    any handsome young man
    middle-aged man
    a man who is roughly between 45 and 65 years old
    Monsieur
    used as a French courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
    old boy, old man
    a familiar term of address for a man
    Methuselah, graybeard, greybeard, old man
    a man who is very old
    paterfamilias, patriarch
    the male head of family or tribe
    Peter Pan
    a boyish or immature man; after the boy in Barrie's play who never grows up
    ploughboy, plowboy
    a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow
    ponce
    a man who is effeminate in his manner and fussy in the way he dresses
    posseman
    an able-bodied man serving as a member of a posse
    schoolboy
    a boy attending school
    Scout
    a Boy Scout or Girl Scout
    Senhor
    a Portuguese title of respect; equivalent to English `Mr'
    shaver
    an adult male who shaves
    shop boy
    a young male shop assistant
    signior, signor
    used as an Italian courtesy title; can be prefixed to the name or used separately
    signore
    an Italian title of respect for a man; equivalent to the English `sir'; used separately (not prefixed to his name)
    sir
    term of address for a man
    boy, son
    a male human offspring
    stiff
    an ordinary man
    he-man, macho-man, stud
    a man who is virile and sexually active
    Tarzan
    (sometimes used ironically) a man of great strength and agility (after the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
    widower, widowman
    a man whose wife is dead especially one who has not remarried
    philanderer, womaniser, womanizer
    a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them
    golden boy, wonder boy
    a man who is unusually successful at an early age
    young buck, young man
    a teenager or a young adult male
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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