Definition of manliness in English:


Syllabification: man·li·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈmanlēnis


  • 1The traditional male quality of being brave and strong: men accustomed to proving their manliness on the streets
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    • Manliness was essential for coping with such dangerous working conditions.
    • On the other hand, maybe we implicitly ask too little manliness of women.
    • In the second place, men had to be brave and prove their bravery or manliness.
  • 1.1The fact of being typically male; masculinity: the author’s alleged lack of manliness
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    • Theres nothing like a good strong growth of hair on the upper lip to suggest powerful manliness.
    • Republicans have seldom shied from an embrace of manliness.
    • The girl character has to don a false beard to assume real manliness.

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