See also: Manly
From Middle English manly, manli, manlich, from Old English *manlīċ (suggested by adverb manlīċe (“in a way befitting a person; nobly, stately”)), from Proto-Germanic *mannlīkaz, equivalent to man + -ly.
Cognate with Old High German manlīh (“manly”) (German männlich), Dutch mannelijk, Old Norse mannligr (“human”) (Danish mandlig, Swedish manlig).
manly (comparative manlier, superlative manliest)
- Having the characteristics of a man.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act II, scene vi:
- what God or Feend, or ſpirit of the earth,
Or Monſter turned to a manly ſhape,
Or of what mould or mettel he be made,
What ſtar or ſtate ſoeuer gouern him,
Let vs put on our meet incountering mindes, […]
- Having qualities viewed as befitting a man; courageous, resolute, noble.
- c. 1606 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iii]:
- Let's briefly put on manly readiness.
- 1693, Decimus Junius Juvenalis; John Dryden, transl., “[The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis.] The Fifteenth Satyr”, in The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis. Translated into English Verse. […] Together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson […], →OCLC:
- Serene and manly, harden'd 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.
having the characteristics of a man
having the qualities of a man such as courage
From Old English *manlīċ, from Proto-West Germanic *mannlīk, from Proto-Germanic *mannlīkaz; equivalent to mon + -ly (adjectival suffix).
- Human; pertaining to humankind.
- Male, masculine; pertaining to men.
- Having qualities befitting a man; courageous, resolute, noble.
- “manlī, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
From Old English manlīċe; equivalent to mon + -ly (adverbial suffix).
- manleche, manli, manlich, manliche, manlie, manlik, manlike, manneleche, mannely, monlik, monly
- (Early ME) monliche
- In a human or civilised way.
- In a way befitting a man; courageously, resolutely, nobly.
- (rare) In a male or masculine way.
- “manlī, adv.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.