Man Definition

măn
manned, manning, mans, men
noun
men
A human being; person.
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An adult male human being.
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The human race; mankind.
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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.
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Sometimes, a boy.
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Synonyms:
isle-of-manhumanhuman beinghomogentleman's gentlemangentlemanvalet-de-chambrevaletmilitary personnelmilitary manservicemanpiecehumansmankindhuman-beings
Antonyms:
womanplant
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verb
manned, manning, mans
To furnish with a labor force for work, defense, etc.
To man a ship.
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To supply with men, as for defense or service.
Man a ship.
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To take assigned places in, on, or at for work or defense.
Man the guns!
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To strengthen; brace; fortify; nerve.
To man oneself for an ordeal.
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To tame or accustom (a hawk) to the presence of men.
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interjection
Used as an expletive to indicate intense feeling.
Man! That was close.
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Used to provide emphasis.
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Used in a neutral way to preface or resume one's remarks.
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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.]
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abbreviation
Manila (paper)
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Manitoba.
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adjective
Male.
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proper name
One of the British Isles, between Northern Ireland & England: 221 sq mi (572 sq km); cap. Douglas.
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affix
Man or person of a (specified) kind, in a (specified) activity, etc.
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other

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.

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idiom
as one man
  • In complete agreement; unanimously.
  • With no exception:

    They objected as one man.

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(one's) own man
  • Independent in judgment and action.
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to a man
  • Without exception:

    All were lost, to a man.

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as a man
  • in unison; unanimously
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be one's own man
  • to be free and independent
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Man

Origin of Man

  • 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 𐬨𐬀𐬥𐬱 (manuÅ¡), Sanskrit मनु (manu, “human being").

    From Wiktionary

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English mann man-1 in Indo-European roots

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

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