manly

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From Middle English manly, manli, manlich, from Old English *manlīċ, *mannlīċ (suggested by adverb manlīċe, mannlīċe (in a manly way; stately)), from Proto-Germanic *mannlīkaz (manly), equivalent to man +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old High German manlīh (manly), Old Norse mannligr (human).

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manly (comparative manlier, superlative manliest)

  1. Having the characteristics of a man.
  2. Having qualities befitting a man; courageous, resolute, noble.
    • Shakespeare
      Let's briefly put on manly readiness.
    • Dryden
      Serene and manly, hardened to sustain / The load of life.
    • 2001, Thomas W. Smith, Revaluing Ethics: Aristotle's Dialectical Pedagogy (page 86)
      Without a successful defense of one's city, none of the other virtues would be possible; manly courage seems to be a precondition for anything else worth achieving in life.

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