For the noun: man
Plural form: men

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
man1 /mæn/USA pronunciation n., pl. men/mɛn/USA pronunciationv., manned, man•ning,interj. 

  • [countable] an adult male person, as distinguished from a boy or a woman:The little boy had grown up to be a handsome man.
  • Paleontology, Physical Anthropology[countable] a human being, or a person without regard to sex:All men are created equal in the eyes of the law.
  • Biology[uncountable] the human individual as representing the species, without reference to sex; the human race;
    humankind:It is written that man does not live by bread alone.
  • [countable] a husband.
  • [countable] a male lover or sweetheart.
  • [countable] a male having qualities considered properly masculine:The four years in the army made a man of him.
  • [countable] a male servant or attendant.
  • Slang Terms[countable][Slang.]male friend; ally:Hey, it's my main man.
  • Slang Terms[countable][Slang.](used as a term of familiar address):Hey, man, take it easy.
  • Chess[countable] a playing piece used in certain games, as checkers.

  • interj. 
  • used to express astonishment, delight, or other strong emotion:Man, what a car!

  • v. [+ object]
  • to supply with people, as for service:to man the ship.
  • to take one's place at, as to defend or operate:There were enough volunteers to man the phones.
  • idiom
    1. man to man, speaking freely or honestly: [adverb]They spoke man to man.[adjective]They had a man-to-man talk.
    2. Idiomsone's own man, free from restrictions; independent:Now that he has a business he feels he is his own man.
    3. Idiomsto a man, including everyone:The battalion was annihilated to a man.

    -man, suffix. 
    -man is used to form nouns with the meaning "person, or man, who is or does (something connected with the noun base)'':mail + -man → mailman (= person who delivers mail).

    -man- , root. 

      -man- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "hand.'' This meaning is found in such words as: amanuensis, legerdemain, maintain, manacle, manage, maneuver, manual, manufacture, manure, manuscript.

    -man- , root. 

      -man- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "stay;
      to last or remain.'' This meaning is found in such words as: impermanent, permanent, remain.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    man /mæn/ n ( pl men /mɛn/)
    1. an adult male human being, as distinguished from a woman
    2. (modifier) male; masculine: a man child
    3. archaic a human being regardless of sex or age, considered as a representative of mankind; a person
    4. (sometimes capital) human beings collectively; mankind: the development of man

    5. Also called: modern man a member of any of the living races of Homo sapiens, characterized by erect bipedal posture, a highly developed brain, and powers of articulate speech, abstract reasoning, and imagination
    6. any extinct member of the species Homo sapiens, such as Cro-Magnon man
    7. a member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Java man, Heidelberg man, and Solo man
    8. an adult male human being with qualities associated with the male, such as courage or virility: be a man
    9. manly qualities or virtues: the man in him was outraged
    10. a subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
    11. (in combination): the number of man-days required to complete a job
    12. (usually plural) a member of the armed forces who does not hold commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned rank (as in the phrase officers and men)
    13. a member of a group, team, etc
    14. a husband, boyfriend, etc
    15. an expression used parenthetically to indicate an informal relationship between speaker and hearer
    16. a movable piece in various games, such as draughts
    17. South African slang any person: used as a term of address
    18. a vassal of a feudal lord
    19. as one manwith unanimous action or response
    20. be one's own manto be independent or free
    21. he's your manhe's the person needed (for a particular task, role, job, etc)
    22. man and boyfrom childhood
    23. sort out the men from the boys, separate the men from the boysto separate the experienced from the inexperienced
    24. to a manwithout exception
    1. informal an exclamation or expletive, often indicating surprise or pleasure
    vb (mans, manning, manned)(transitive)
    1. to provide with sufficient people for operation, defence, etc
    2. to take one's place at or near in readiness for action
    3. to induce (a hawk or falcon) to endure the presence of and handling by man, esp strangers
    Etymology: Old English mann; related to Old Frisian man, Old High German man, Dutch man, Icelandic mathr
    The use of man to mean human beings in general is often considered sexist. Gender-neutral alternatives include human beings, people and humankind. The verb to man can also often be replaced by to staff, to operate and related words

    Man /mæn/ n the Man ⇒ (sometimes not capital) US
    1. Black slang a White man or White men collectively, esp when in authority, in the police, or held in contempt
    2. slang a drug peddler
    Man /mæn/ n
    1. Isle of Manan island in the British Isles, in the Irish Sea between Cumbria and Northern Ireland: a UK Crown Dependency (but not part of the United Kingdom), with its own ancient parliament, the Court of Tynwald; a dependency of Norway until 1266, when for a time it came under Scottish rule; its own language, Manx, became extinct in the 19th century but has been revived to some extent. Capital: Douglas. Pop: 75 000 (2003 est). Area: 588 sq km (227 sq miles)

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