manly

Someone who's manly acts in a typically masculine way. If you live in a log cabin, split your own wood, and occasionally scare away bears, go ahead and call yourself manly.

Manly attributes are usually heroic ones like bravery and strength. Despite the fact that many women also have these characteristics, it's still common to describe them as manly. Manly activities might include fishing, hunting, and other rugged, outdoorsy sports. In the thirteenth century, this adjective simply meant "characteristic of a human."

Definitions of manly
  1. adjective
    characteristic of a man
    manly sports”
    synonyms: male, manful, manlike, virile
    masculine
    associated with men and not with women
  2. adjective
    possessing qualities befitting a man
    synonyms: manful, manlike
    man-sized
    calling for the strength of a man
    masculine
    associated with men and not with women
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    Antonyms:
    unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly
    not possessing qualities befitting a man
    cissy, effeminate, emasculate, epicene, sissified, sissy, sissyish
    having unsuitable feminine qualities
    womanish
    having characteristics associated with women and considered undesirable in men
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  3. adverb
    in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man
    synonyms: manfully
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    Antonyms:
    unmanfully, unmanly
    without qualities thought to befit a man
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