Definition of virile in English:


Syllabification: vir·ile
Pronunciation: /ˈvirəl


1(Of a man) having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive.
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  • He deconstructs myths of the tough virile man, laying his anxieties bare on the floor.
  • These guys all want to come home, have their necks rubbed, have their slippers handed to them, and be told what big, virile men they are.
  • I must be very lucky person because every time I look at my e - mail someone wants to make me a millionaire, help me lose weight or become the world's most virile man.
red-blooded, fertile
informal macho, butch, beefy, hunky, testosteronic
1.1Having or characterized by strength and energy: a strong, virile performance of the Mass
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  • Entrapment: ‘a subtle and surprisingly virile performance’.
  • A wonderfully virile performance of a great work!
  • Cummins is a vulnerable, angry, intense, virile and passionate performer, making a ‘raging bull’ appear human, sad, remorseful and honourable.


late 15th century (in the sense 'characteristic of a man'): from French viril or Latin virilis, from vir 'man'.

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