Share this entry

alpha male Syllabification: al·pha male

Definition of alpha male in English:


1The dominant male animal in a particular group: two of them trotted over to greet the alpha male, a black wolf with a graying muzzle
More example sentences
  • At Bossou, they recently observed a mixed-sex group, including the alpha male, scream excitedly and then attack a hyrax that fell out of a tall tree.
  • One low-ranking male keeps the alpha male busy, by causing a fight, while the other male goes off with the female.
  • Mawa is the alpha male, the leader of the group, who likes to throw stones at people.
1.1A man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations: most alpha males need to control the women in their lives
More example sentences
  • If they are indeed candidates, this election could turn into the battle of the 50-something alpha males.
  • When one of these alpha males left to get some water, a competitor snatched his coveted position.
  • People who run for office and like power are alpha males.

Definition of alpha male in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources