Plural of man.Usage Note: When man and men are used in compounds, such as fireman, firemen, salesman, and salesmen, both -man and -men are usually pronounced (m&schwa;n).
Variant of meno–.
Variant of 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
in unison; unanimously
be one's own man
- to be free and independent
- to be in full control of one's powers, senses, etc.
man and boy
first as a boy and then as a man
- 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
with no one as an exception; everyone