Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search


Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle French manœuvre(manipulation, maneuver) and manouvrer(to maneuver), from Old French manovre(handwork, manual labour), from Medieval Latin manopera, manuopera(work done by hand, handwork), from manu(by hand) + operari(to work). First recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne (800 CE) to mean "chore, manual task", probably as a calque of the Frankish *handwerc(hand-work). Compare Old English handweorc, handġeweorc, German Handwerk.



maneuver (plural maneuvers) (American)

  1. A movement, often one performed with difficulty.
    Parallel parking can be a difficult maneuver.
  2. (often in the plural) A large training field-exercise of military troops.
    The army was on maneuvers.
    Joint NATO maneuvers are as much an exercise in diplomacy as in tactics and logistics.
  3. An adroit or cunning action; a stratagem.


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.


maneuver (third-person singular simple present maneuvers, present participle maneuvering, simple past and past participle maneuvered) (American)

  1. (transitive) To move (something) carefully, and often with difficulty, into a certain position.
  2. (figuratively, transitive) To guide, steer, manage purposefully
  3. (figuratively, intransitive) To intrigue, manipulate, plot, scheme
    The patriarch maneuvered till his offspring occupied countless key posts