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Masculine

Masculine

WordNet



adjective


(1)   Associated with men and not with women
(2)   Of grammatical gender
(3)   (music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable
"A masculine cadence"
"The masculine rhyme of `annoy, enjoy'"

noun


(4)   A gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male
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Etymology


From , from , from , diminutive of ; See .

Adjective



  1. pertaining to male humans, men:
    1. manly; having the qualities associated with men; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; not feminine or effeminate; virile (only in this sense, does the adjective compare)
      • Henry Hallam — That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins with a masculine energy.
      • Thomas Fuller — A masculine church.
    2. male; having male biology, not female; of the male sex (rare)
    3. belonging to men; appropriated to, or used by, men
      “John”, “Paul”, and “Harry” are masculine names.
  2. in many inflected languages:
    1. being of the masculine class, or grammatical gender, and inflected in that manner
      The noun Student is masculine in German.
    2. being inflected in agreement with the masculine
      German uses the masculine of the definite article, der, with Student.

Antonyms

emasculated, unmanly, epicene and effeminate female, womanly feminine

Adjective


masculine