An example of man is all people who have ever lived and will live.
An example of man is Michael Jordan.
Man's quest for peace.
Our man in Tokyo.
Every man for himself.
- 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.
A milkman; a congressman; a freeman.
Manned the guns.
Manned himself for the battle ahead.
Man! That was close.
To man a ship.
Man the guns!
To man oneself for an ordeal.
I always wanted to be a guitar man on a road tour, but instead I'm a flag man on a road crew.
Some people prefer apple pie, but me, I'm a cherry pie man.
Come on, man, we've no time to lose!
Man, that was a great catch!
(Geordie) Giv' is a bottle of dog man! [Dog here is referring to beer or brown ale.]
See here, my good man!
A merchantman; a man-of-war.
Man a ship.
- In complete agreement; unanimously.
- With no exception:.They objected as one man.
- Independent in judgment and action.
- Without exception:.All were lost, to a man.
- In unison; unanimously.
- To be free and independent.
- First as a boy and then as a man; since childhood.
- The person having power or authority over one; esp., as orig. used by U.S. blacks, a white man or white men collectively.
- With no one as an exception; everyone.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of man
- Middle English from Old English mann man-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 maÃ¾er (“man"), Swedish man, Russian Ð¼ÑƒÐ¶ (muÅ¾, “male person"), Avestan ð¬¨ð¬€ð¬¥ð¬± (manuÅ¡), Sanskrit à¤®à¤¨à¥ (manu, “human being").
- The verb is from Middle English mannen, from Old English mannian, Ä¡emannian (“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").