• Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man.

    "Man, that was a great catch!"


  • A person, usually male, who can fulfill one's requirements with regard to a specified matter.
  • A piece or token used in board games such as chess.
  • A human, a person of either gender, usually an adult.

    "every man for himself"

  • (obsolete) A sentient being, whether human or supernatural.
  • A husband.
  • A person, usually male, who has duties or skills associated with a specified thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.)

    "I always wanted to be a guitar man on a road tour, but instead I’m a flag man on a road crew."

  • An adult male servant. (historical) A vassal. A subject.

    "Like master, like man. (old proverb)all the king's men"

  • A term of familiar address often implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste.

    "Come on, man, we've no time to lose!"

  • (collective) All human males collectively: mankind.
  • (anthropology, archaeology, paleontology) A member of the genus Homo, especially of the species Homo sapiens.
  • (uncountable, obsolete, uncommon) Manliness; the quality or state of being manly.
  • A male enthusiast or devotee; a male who is very fond of or devoted to a specified kind of thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.)

    "Some people prefer apple pie, but me, I’m a cherry pie man."

  • A male who belongs to a particular group: an employee, a student or alumnus, a representative, etc.
  • (MLE, slang) Used to refer to oneself or one's group: I, we; construed in the third person.
  • An adult male human.

    "The show is especially popular with middle-aged men."

  • (collective) All humans collectively: mankind, humankind, humanity. (Sometimes capitalized as Man.)
  • An adult male who has, to an eminent degree, qualities considered masculine, such as strength, integrity, and devotion to family; a mensch.
  • A lover; a boyfriend.


  • (transitive) To supply (something) with staff or crew (of either sex).

    "The shipped was manned with a small crew."

  • (transitive, obsolete) To wait on, attend to or escort.
  • (reflexive, possibly dated) To brace (oneself), to fortify or steel (oneself) in a manly way. (Compare man up.)
  • (transitive) To take up position in order to operate (something).

    "Man the machine guns!"

  • (transitive, obsolete) To accustom (a hawk or other bird) to the presence of men.

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