noun, plural men.
- a person or group asserting authority or power over another, especially in a manner experienced as being oppressive, demeaning, or threatening, as an employer, the police, or a dominating racial group.
- a person or group upon whom one is dependent, as the drug supplier for an addict.
verb (used with object), manned, man·ning.
Idioms for man
- to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent: Now that he has a business he is his own man.
- to be in complete command of one's faculties: After a refreshing nap he was again his own man.
Origin of man1
SYNONYMS FOR man
usage note for man
Although some editors and writers reject or disregard these objections to man as a generic, many now choose instead to use such terms as human being ( s ), human race, humankind, people, or, when called for by style or context, women and men or men and women. See also -man, -person, -woman.
OTHER WORDS FROM manman·less, adjective man·less·ly, adverb man·less·ness, noun man·ness, noun
Words nearby man
Definition for man (2 of 7)
auxiliary verb Scot.
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usage note for -man
All terms historically ending in -man that designate specific occupations ( foreman; mailman; policeman; repairman; etc.) were dropped in favor of sex-neutral terms in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), published by the U.S. Dept. of Labor in 1977. DOT terms for the occupations listed above are supervisor, mail or letter carrier, police officer (or just officer ), repairer (as in radio repairer ). Many industries and business firms have adopted similar sex-neutral occupational titles.
One -man compound, freshman, is still the term generally used in high schools and colleges and in Congress, and it is applied to both sexes. As a modifier, the singular form freshman is used with both singular and plural nouns: a freshman athlete; freshman legislators. See also chairperson, man, -person, -woman.
Definition for man (6 of 7)
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Example sentences from the Web for man
In the first episode, an officer is shown video of himself shooting and killing a man.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops |Melissa Leon |January 9, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
It is the summit of human happiness: the surrender of man to God, of woman to man, of several women to the same man.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President |Pierre Assouline |January 9, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
He looks like a man who should have had kids, but now never will.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists |Michael Daly |January 9, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
The governor of Punjab province, a Muslim man, called publicly for leniency for her.In Defense of Blasphemy |Michael Tomasky |January 9, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
His life as a man is built around health insurance and tax services.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President |Pierre Assouline |January 9, 2015 |DAILY BEAST
Every art unfolds its secrets and its beauty only to the man who practises it.The Ministry of Intercession |Andrew Murray
This, then, is the man who has undertaken to crush my friend Lecour on the question of extraction!The False Chevalier |William Douw Lighthall
If my uncle Doncaster were such a man, I should certainly make up to him greatly!Modern Flirtations |Catherine Sinclair
Let us smile at the heavy seriousness of those who suppose that this man meant everything he said.Philosophy and The Social Problem |Will Durant
The calumniator is not only a moral assassin, but he is the most accomplished type of the coward known to man.Explanation of Catholic Morals |John H. Stapleton
British Dictionary definitions for man (1 of 4)
noun plural men (mɛn)
- a member of any of the living races of Homo sapiens, characterized by erect bipedal posture, a highly developed brain, and powers of articulate speech, abstract reasoning, and imagination
- any extinct member of the species Homo sapiens, such as Cro-Magnon man
- a subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
- (in combination)the number of man-days required to complete a job
- without exceptionthey were slaughtered to a man
verb mans, manning or manned (tr)
Derived forms of manmanless, adjective
Word Origin for man
usage for man
British Dictionary definitions for man (2 of 4)
noun the Man (sometimes not capital) US
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n combining form
usage for -man
Idioms and Phrases with man
In addition to the idioms beginning with man
- man about town
- man in the street
- man of few words
- man of his word
- man of the moment
- man of the world
- many a
- many hands make light work
- many happy returns
- many is the
- as one (man)
- company man
- dead soldier (man)
- dirty joke (old man)
- every man for himself
- every man has his price
- girl (man) Friday
- hatchet man
- hired hand (man)
- ladies' man
- low man on the totem pole
- marked man
- new person (man)
- no man is an island
- odd man out
- (man) of few words
- one man's meat is another man's poison
- own man
- right-hand man
- see a man about a dog
- to a man
Also see undermen.