masculine

If something’s masculine, it’s related to men. When you hear a masculine voice outside greeting your neighbor, you know it’s your dad and not your mom.

Masculine can describe people or things that have qualities often associated with men. If someone has a masculine appearance, the person is probably tall and strong. If your new jacket has masculine tailoring, that means it’s cut like a man’s jacket. Masculine can also refer to words. In many languages, words — especially nouns — are given a gender. If you’ve studied French or Spanish, you know you need to figure out which article to use with a masculine noun.

Definitions of masculine
  1. adjective
    associated with men and not with women
    Synonyms:
    manful, manlike, manly
    possessing qualities befitting a man
    male
    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing function in generation
    butch, macho
    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    male, manful, manlike, manly, virile
    characteristic of a man
    mannish
    characteristic of a man as distinguished from a woman
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    Antonyms:
    feminine
    associated with women and not with men
    female
    being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces fertilizable gametes (ova) from which offspring develop
    fair
    attractively feminine
    distaff, female
    characteristic of or peculiar to a woman
    maidenlike, maidenly
    befitting or characteristic of a maiden
    powder-puff
    used of competitive activities in which only women take part
    feminine
    of grammatical gender
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  2. adjective
    of grammatical gender
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    Antonyms:
    feminine
    of grammatical gender
    neuter
    of grammatical gender
    feminine
    associated with women and not with men
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  3. noun
    a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male
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    type of:
    gender, grammatical gender
    a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness
  4. adjective
    (music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable
    “a masculine cadence”
    “the masculine rhyme of `annoy, enjoy'”
    Synonyms:
    accented, stressed
    bearing a stress or accent
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