- The definition of a male is a person of the sex that produces sperm (as opposed to a female who produces an egg).
Brad Pitt is an example of a male.
- Male is defined as someone of the sex that produces sperm, or is something that relates to this sex, or is the part of a machine or tool that is designed to fit a corresponding female part.
- Brad Pitt is an example of a person who would be described as male.
- The end of a hose that screws into a threaded opening is an example of the male end of the hose.
These people are all male.
- designating or of the sex that fertilizes the ovum of the female and begets offspring: biological symbol, ♂
- of, characteristic of, or suitable for members of this sex; masculine; virile
- consisting of men or boys
- designating or having a part shaped to fit into a corresponding hollow part (called female): said of pipe fittings, electric plugs, etc.
- having stamens or antheridia and no carpels, archegonia, or oogonia
- designating or of a reproductive structure or part producing spermatozoids that can fertilize the female eggs
Origin of maleMiddle English ; from Old French male, masle ; from Classical Latin masculus ; from mas (gen. maris), a male, man
- a male person; man or boy
- a male animal or plant
- a. Of, relating to, or designating the sex that has organs to produce spermatozoa for fertilizing ova.b. Characteristic of or appropriate to this sex in humans and other animals: male hormones; male fashions.c. Consisting of members of this sex: a male choir.
- Of or denoting the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete. Used of anisogamous organisms.
- Botany a. Relating to or designating organs, such as anthers or antheridia, that produce gametes capable of fertilizing those produced by female organs.b. Bearing stamens but not pistils; staminate: male flowers.
- Designating an object, such as an electric plug, designed for insertion into another part or a socket.
- A male organism.
- A man or boy.
Origin of maleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin masculus, diminutive of mās, male.
The capital of the Maldives, on Male, the chief atoll of the island country.
androcracy the domination of society and politics by males. —androcratic, adj. androgenesis Biology. the condition of an embryo that contains only paternal chromosomes; male parthenogenesis. —androgenetic, adj. andromania in women, an obsession with men; nymphomania. androphilia a preference for males. —androphilic, adj. androphobia 1. an abnormal fear of men. 2. a hatred of males. bachelorism 1. dedication to the state of being a bachelor. 2. behavior typical of a bachelor. misandry in women, an abnormal aversion to males. patriarchy 1. a community in which the father or oldest male is the supreme authority, and descent is traced through the male line. 2. government by males, with one as supreme. —patriarchist, n. —patri-archic, patriarchical, adj. virilescence a condition of some animals, and especially of some fowls, in which the female, when old, assumes some of the characteristics of the male of the species. —virilescent, adj.
- Belonging to the sex which typically has testes, which in humans and many other species is typically the one which has XY chromosomes. [from 14th c.]
- Belonging to the masculine gender; identifying one's gender (see gender identity) as masculine.
- Pertaining to or associated with men, or male animals; masculine. [from 16th c.]
- (biology) Inherently characteristic of the male of a species. [from 17th c.]
- (grammar, less common than 'masculine') Masculine; of the masculine grammatical gender.
- (figuratively) Of instruments or tools: designed to fit into or penetrate a "female" counterpart, as in a connector or pipe fitting. [from 16th c.]
Variant of Malé