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Synonyms of man in English:


  • 1 a handsome man
    male, adult male, gentleman
    informal guy, fellow, fella, joe, geezer, gent, bloke, chap, dude, hombre
  • 2 all men are mortal
  • 3 the evolution of man
    the human race, the human species, Homo sapiens, humankind, humanity, human beings, humans, people, mankind
  • 4 the men voted to go on strike
    worker, workman, laborer, hand, blue-collar worker;
  • 5 have you met her new man?
    boyfriend, partner, husband, spouse, lover, admirer, fiancé;
    common-law husband, live-in lover, significant other
    informal steady, (main) squeeze, BF, boo, toy boy, sugar daddy, intended
    dated beau, young man
  • 6 his man brought him a cocktail See manservant
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  • 1 the office is manned from 9 to 5
    staff, crew, occupy, people
  • 2 firefighters manned the pumps
    operate, work, use, utilize
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    male, masculine, virile relating to men
    androcentric focused or centered on men



    Traditionally, the word man has been used to refer not only to adult males but also to human beings in general, regardless of gender. There is a historical explanation for this: in Old English, the principal sense of man was ‘a human being,’ and the words wer and wif were used to refer specifically to ‘a male person’ and ‘a female person,’ respectively. Subsequently, man replaced wer as the normal term for ‘a male person,’ but at the same time the older sense ‘a human being’ remained in use. In the second half of the 20th century, the generic use of man to refer to ‘human beings in general’ (as in reptiles were here long before man appeared on the earth) became problematic; the use is now often regarded as sexist or old-fashioned. In some contexts, terms such as the human race or humankind may be used instead of man or mankind. Certain fixed phrases and sayings, such as time and tide wait for no man can be easily rephrased (e.g., time and tide wait for no one). Alternatives for other related terms exist as well: the noun manpower, for example, can usually be replaced with staff or crew, and in most cases, the verbal form to man can be expressed as to staff or to operate


    man to man
    can we speak man to man?
    frankly, openly, honestly, directly, candidly, plainly, forthrightly, without beating about the bush;
    to a man
    the squad volunteered, to a man, to work another full shift in the rescue mission
    without exception, with no exceptions, bar none, one and all, everyone, each and every one, unanimously, as one
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