- the plural of man
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pl. of man.
-men- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "mind.'' This meaning is found in such words as: commentary, mental, mentality, mention, reminiscent.
humankind:It is written that man does not live by bread alone.
v. [~ + object]
- man to man, speaking freely or honestly: [adverb]They spoke man to man.[adjective]They had a man-to-man talk.
- Idiomsone's own man, free from restrictions; independent:Now that he has a business he feels he is his own man.
- Idiomsto a man, including everyone:The battalion was annihilated to a man.
-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.
- an adult male human being, as distinguished from a woman
- (modifier) male; masculine: a man child
- archaic a human being regardless of sex or age, considered as a representative of mankind; a person
- (sometimes capital) human beings collectively; mankind: the development of man
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
- any extinct member of the species Homo sapiens, such as Cro-Magnon man
- a member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Java man, Heidelberg man, and Solo man
- an adult male human being with qualities associated with the male, such as courage or virility: be a man
- manly qualities or virtues: the man in him was outraged
- a subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
- (in combination): the number of man-days required to complete a job
- (usually plural) a member of the armed forces who does not hold commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned rank (as in the phrase officers and men)
- a member of a group, team, etc
- a husband, boyfriend, etc
- an expression used parenthetically to indicate an informal relationship between speaker and hearer
- a movable piece in various games, such as draughts
- South African slang any person: used as a term of address
- a vassal of a feudal lord
- as one man ⇒ with unanimous action or response
- be one's own man ⇒ to be independent or free
- he's your man ⇒ he's the person needed (for a particular task, role, job, etc)
- man and boy ⇒ from childhood
- sort out the men from the boys, separate the men from the boys ⇒ to separate the experienced from the inexperienced
- to a man ⇒ without exception
- informal an exclamation or expletive, often indicating surprise or pleasure
- to provide with sufficient people for operation, defence, etc
- to take one's place at or near in readiness for action
- to induce (a hawk or falcon) to endure the presence of and handling by man, esp strangers