- The definition of a man is a member of the species Homo sapiens or an adult male.
- An example of man is all people who have ever lived and will live.
- An example of man is Michael Jordan.
A smiling young man.
- a human being; person; specif.,
- a hominid (Homo sapiens) having an opposable thumb, the ability to make and use specialized tools, articulate speech, and a highly developed brain with the faculty of abstract thought: the only living hominid
- any extinct hominid, as Neanderthal man
- the human race; mankind: used without the or a
- an adult male human being
- sometimes, a boy
- an adult male servant, follower, attendant, or subordinate
- a male employee; workman
- a soldier, sailor, etc.; esp., one of the rank and file
- Archaic a vassal
- a husband
- a lover
- a person with qualities conventionally regarded as manly, such as strength, courage, etc.
- a player on a team
- any of the pieces used in chess, checkers, etc.
- Slang fellow; chap: used in direct address
- Naut. a ship: used in compounds: man-of-war, merchantman
Origin of manMiddle English ; from Old English mann, akin to German mann, Gothic manna ; from Indo-European base an unverified form manu- (from source Sanskrit mánu-, Russian muž): akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to an unverified form men-, to think from source mind
transitive verbmanned, manning
- to furnish with a labor force for work, defense, etc.: to man a ship
- to take assigned places in, on, or at for work or defense: man the guns!
- to strengthen; brace; fortify; nerve: to man oneself for an ordeal
- Falconry to tame or accustom (a hawk) to the presence of men
- used to provide emphasis
- used in a neutral way to preface or resume one's remarks
as a manor as one man
be one's own man
- to be free and independent
- to be in full control of one's powers, senses, etc.
man and boy
- Slang the person having power or authority over one; esp., as orig. used by U.S. blacks, a white man
- a policeman
to a man
- Manila (paper)
nounpl. men men
- An adult male human.
- A human regardless of sex or age; a person.
- A human or an adult male human belonging to a specific occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination: a milkman; a congressman; a freeman.
- The human race; mankind: man's quest for peace.
- A male human endowed with qualities, such as strength, considered characteristic of manhood.
- Informal a. A husband.b. A male lover or sweetheart.
- mena. Workers.b. Enlisted personnel of the armed forces: officers and men.
- A male representative, as of a country or company: our man in Tokyo.
- A male servant or subordinate.
- Informal Used as a familiar form of address for a man: See here, my good man!
- One who swore allegiance to a lord in the Middle Ages; a vassal.
- Games Any of the pieces used in a board game, such as chess or checkers.
- Nautical A ship. Often used in combination: a merchantman; a man-of-war.
- often Man Slang A person or group felt to be in a position of power or authority. Used with the: “Their writing mainly concerns the street life—the pimp, the junky, the forces of drug addiction, exploitation at the hands of ‘the man’” (Black World).
transitive verbmanned manned, man·ning, mans
- To supply with men, as for defense or service: man a ship.
- To take stations at, as to defend or operate: manned the guns.
- To fortify or brace: manned himself for the battle ahead.
Origin of manMiddle English, from Old English mann; see man-1 in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: Traditionally, many writers have used man and words derived from it to designate any or all of the human race regardless of sex. In fact, this is the oldest use of the word. In Old English the principal sense of man was “a human,” and the words wer and wyf (or wæpman and wifman) were used to refer to “a male human” and “a female human” respectively. But in Middle English man displaced wer as the term for “a male human,” while wyfman (which evolved into present-day woman) was retained for “a female human.” Man also continued to carry its original sense of “a human,” resulting in an asymmetric arrangement that many criticize as sexist. Despite the objections to the generic use of man, a solid majority of the Usage Panel still approves of it. For example, the sentence If early man suffered from a lack of information, modern man is tyrannized by an excess of it was acceptable to 79 percent of the Panel in our 2004 survey, and the sentence The site shows that man learned to use tools much earlier than scientists believed possible was acceptable to 75 percent. However, only 48 percent approved of the generic plural form of man, as in Men learned to use tools more than ten thousand years ago, probably because the plural, unlike the singular man, suggests that one is referring to actual men of ten thousand years ago, taking them as representative of the species. • A substantial majority of the Panel also accepts compound words derived from generic man, and resistance to these compounds does not appear to be increasing. In the 2004 survey, 87 percent accepted the sentence The Great Wall is the only manmade structure visible from space—essentially the same percentage that accepted this sentence in 1988 (86 percent). In the 2004 survey, 86 percent also accepted The first manmade fiber to be commercially manufactured in the US was rayon, in 1910, suggesting that context makes no difference on this issue. • As a verb, man was originally used in military and nautical contexts, when the group performing the action consisted entirely of men. In the days when only men manned the decks, there was no need for a different word to include women. Today, the verb form of man can be considered sexist when the subject includes or is limited to women, as in the sentence Members of the League of Women Voters will be manning the registration desk. But in our 2004 survey only 26 percent of the Usage Panel considered this sentence to be unacceptable. This is noticeably fewer Panelists than the 56 percent who rejected this same sentence in 1988. This suggests that for many people the issue of the generic use of man is not as salient as it once was. See Usage Notes at chairman, –ess, men.
- An adult male human.
- The show is especially popular with middle-aged men.
- (collective) All males collectively; mankind.
- (collective) All humans collectively; mankind, humankind, humanity. (Sometimes capitalized as Man.)
- An abstract person; a person of either gender, usually an adult. (See usage notes.)
- every man for himself
- An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject.
- A mensch; a person (especially a male) of strength, integrity, and honor.
- A piece or token used in board games such as chess.
- A person, usually male, with duties or skills associated with a specified thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.)
- I always wanted to be a guitar man on a road tour, but instead I’m a flag man on a road crew.
- A male who is extremely fond of or devoted to a specified type of thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.)
- Some people prefer apple pie, but me, I’m a cherry pie man.
- A husband (sometimes a fiancé or boyfriend).
- (MLE, slang) Used to refer to oneself or one's group: I, we; construed in the third person.
- (anthropology, archaeology, paleontology) A member of the species Homo sapiens, the genus Homo, or the subtribe Hominina.
- A term of familiar address often implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste.
- Come on, man, we've no time to lose!
- The most common modern sense of the word is “an adult male human”, not “a generic human” or “humankind”, which explains the awkwardness of the following sentence:
- Man, like other mammals, breastfeeds his young.
- Nonsexist language advocates recommend the use of human, human being, humankind, or person, depending on context, instead of man.
(third-person singular simple present mans, present participle manning, simple past and past participle manned)
- Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man.
- Man, that was a great catch!
- (Geordie) Giv' is a bottle of dog man! [Dog here is referring to beer or brown ale.]
From Middle English man, from Old English mann (“human being, person, man”), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (“human being, man”), probably from Proto-Indo-European *man- (“man”) (compare also *men- (“mind”)). Cognate with West Frisian man, Dutch man, German Mann (“man”), Norwegian mann (“man”), Old Swedish maþer (“man”), Swedish man, Russian муж (muž, “male person”), Avestan (manuš), Sanskrit मनु (manu, “human being”).
The verb is from Middle English mannen, from Old English mannian, ġemannian (“to man, supply with men, populate, garrison”), from mann (“human being, man”). Cognate with Dutch mannen (“to man”), German mannen (“to man”), Swedish bemanna (“to man”), Icelandic manna (“to supply with men, man”).
man - Computer Definition
A public data network that serves an entire metropolitan area, or perhaps a portion of a metropolitan area such as a city or a suburb, commonly serving to interconnect Local Area Networks (LANs). A number of carriers offer Metropolitan Ethernet services, for example. MANs can be interconnected across a Wide Area Network (WAN). See also LAN and WAN.