Male meaning

māl
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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.

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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.

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Of or denoting the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete. Used of anisogamous organisms.
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Designating or of the sex that fertilizes the ovum of the female and begets offspring.
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The capital of the Maldives, on Male, the chief atoll of the island country.
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Designating an object, such as an electric plug, designed for insertion into another part or a socket.
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A male organism.
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A man or boy.
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Consisting of men or boys.
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Designating or having a part shaped to fit into a corresponding hollow part (called female)
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A male person; man or boy.
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A male animal or plant.
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Relating to or denoting the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete. Used of anisogamous organisms.
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Of, characteristic of, or suitable for members of this sex; masculine; virile.
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(place) Chief island & capital of the Maldives.
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Belonging to the masculine gender; identifying one's gender (see gender identity) as masculine.
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Designating an object, such as an electric plug, designed for insertion into another part or a socket.
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A male organism.
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A man or boy.
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In organisms that reproduce sexually, being the gamete that is smaller and more motile than the other corresponding gamete of the same species (the female gamete). The sperm cells of higher animals and plants are male gametes.
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Possessing or being a structure that produces only male gametes. The testicles of humans are male reproductive organs. Male flowers possess only stamens and no carpels.
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A male organism.
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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.]
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Pertaining to or associated with men, or male animals; masculine. [from 16th c.]
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(biology) Inherently characteristic of the male of a species. [from 17th c.]
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(grammar, less common than 'masculine') Masculine; of the masculine grammatical gender.
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(figuratively) Of instruments or tools: designed to fit into or penetrate a "female" counterpart, as in a connector or pipe fitting. [from 16th c.]
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One of the male (masculine) sex or gender.
  • A human member of the masculine sex or gender.
  • An animal of the sex that has testes.
  • A plant of the masculine sex.
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Origin of male

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin masculus diminutive of mās male

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English male, borrowed from Old French masle, malle (Modern French mâle), from Latin masculus (“masculine, a male"), diminutive of mās (“male, masculine").

    From Wiktionary