man: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (man), [key]
— n., pl. v., interj. men, manned, man•ning,
  1. an adult male person, as distinguished from a boy or a woman.
  2. a member of the species Homo sapiens or all the members of this species collectively, without regard to sex: prehistoric man.
  3. the human individual as representing the species, without reference to sex; the human race; humankind: Man hopes for peace, but prepares for war.
  4. a human being; person: to give a man a chance; When the audience smelled the smoke, it was every man for himself.
  5. a husband.
  6. a male lover or sweetheart.
  7. a male follower or subordinate: the king's men. He's the boss's number one man.
  8. a male employee or representative, esp. of a company or agency: a Secret Service man; a man from the phone company.
  9. a male having qualities considered typical of men or appropriately masculine: Be a man. The army will make a man of you.
  10. a male servant.
  11. a valet.
  12. See
  13. an enthusiast or devotee: I like jazz, but I'm essentially a classics man.
  14. male friend; ally: You're my main man.
  15. a term of familiar address to a man; fellow: Now, now, my good man, please calm down.
  16. a term of familiar address to a man or a woman: Hey, man, take it easy.
  17. one of the pieces used in playing certain games, as chess or checkers.
  18. a liegeman; vassal.
  19. manly character or courage.
  20. in complete agreement or accord; unanimously: They arose as one man to protest the verdict.
  21. Now that he has a business he is his own man.
    1. to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent:Now that he has a business he is his own man.
    2. to be in complete command of one's faculties:After a refreshing nap he was again his own man.
  22. ever since childhood: He's been working that farm, man and boy, for more than 50 years.
    1. a person or group asserting authority or power over another, esp. in a manner experienced as being oppressive, demeaning, or threatening, as an employer, the police, or a dominating racial group.
    2. a person or group upon whom one is dependent, as the drug supplier for an addict. Also,the Man.
  23. with no exception; everyone; all: To a man, the members of the team did their best.
  1. to furnish with men, as for service or defense.
  2. to take one's place for service, as at a gun or post: to man the ramparts.
  3. to strengthen, fortify, or brace; steel: to man oneself for the dangers ahead.
  4. to accustom (a hawk) to the presence of men.
  1. an expression of surprise, enthusiasm, dismay, or other strong feeling: Man, what a ball game!


Pronunciation: (män, man unstressed m&schwan), [key]
— auxiliary v. Scot.
  1. maun.


Pronunciation: (man), [key]
  1. an island of the British Isles, in the Irish Sea. 58,773; 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km). Cap.: Douglas.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form oflayman; postman.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Manila.
  2. Manitoba.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. manual.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • man (Thesaurus)