Man - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |mæn|  American pronunciation of the word man
Brit.  |mæn|  British pronunciation of the word man


- an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
- someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force (syn: serviceman)
- the generic use of the word to refer to any human being
- any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage (syn: homo, human)
- a male subordinate
- an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)
- a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer(syn: gentleman, valet)

▼ (4)


- take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place
- provide with workers


He was a shy boy, but he grew to be a strong and confident man.

He's a grown man now.

The movie is popular with men and women.

Don't cry, little boy: be a man!

Are you man enough to meet the challenge?

He stocked shelves while I manned the cash register.

We'll need someone to man the phones this evening.

No one was manning the front desk.

The average man is taller than the average woman.

The minister pronounced them man and wife.

Hire a man to take care of the garden.

He was a vanilla ice-cream man.

When I heard the siren, I knew it was the Man.

The crew was ordered to man the lifeboats.

This young hawk will soon be "manned".

Word forms

I/you/we/they: man
he/she/it: mans
present participle: manning
past tense: manned
past participle: manned
singular: man
plural: men
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