man [man men] noun, verb, exclamation BrE [mæn]
NAmE [mæn]
noun (pl. men BrE [men]
; NAmE [men]
1. countable an adult male human
a good-looking young man
the relationships between men and women
see also dirty old man, ladies' man, men's room  
2. uncountable humans as a group or from a particular period of history
the damage caused by man to the environment
early/modern/Prehistoric man
3. countable (literary or old-fashioned) a person, either male or female
All men must die.  
4. countable (in compounds) a man who comes from the place mentioned or whose job or interest is connected with the thing mentioned
a Frenchman
a businessman
a medical man
a sportsman
5. countable a man who likes or who does the thing mentioned
a betting/drinking/fighting man
I think he's a beer man (= he drinks beer).
see also family man
6. countable a man who works for or supports a particular organization, comes from a particular town, etc
the BBC's man in Moscow (= the man who reports on news from Moscow)
a loyal Republican Party man
see also right-hand man, yes-man  
7. countable, usually plural a soldier or a male worker who obeys the instructions of a person of higher rank
The officer refused to let his men take part in the operation.
The conditions in which the men were working were terrible.
8. countable a man who comes to your house to do a job
the gas man
The man's coming to repair the TV today.  
9. singular (informal, especially NAmE) used for addressing a male person
Nice shirt, man!
Hey man. Back off!
10. singular (old-fashioned) used for addressing a male person in an angry or impatient way
Don't just stand there, man— get a doctor!  
11. countable (sometimes disapproving) a husband or sexual partner
What's her new man like?
I now pronounce you man and wife (= you are now officially married).
see also old man  
12. countable a person who is strong and brave or has other qualities that some people think are particularly male
Come on, now— be a man.
She's more of a man than he is.
see also he-man, muscleman, superman  
13. singular (old-fashioned, formal) a male servant
My man will drive you home.  
14. countable one of the figures or objects that you play with in a game such as chess
see also chessman
more at a/the grand old man (of sth) at grand adj., a man/woman after your own heart at heart, a marked man at marked, the next man at next adj., the odd man/one out at odd adj., a man/woman of (many) parts at part n., the poor man's sb/sth at poor, like a man/woman possessed at possessed, a man/woman of substance at substance, be all things to all men/people at thing, a man/woman of his/her word at word n., a man/woman of the world at world
Word Origin:
Old English man(n), (plural) menn (noun), mannian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch man, German Mann, and Sanskrit manu ‘mankind’.
man noun
1. C
Over 150 men responded to the survey.
informal guy|formal gentleman • • male|BrE, informal bloke|especially AmE, slang dude
Opp: woman
a/an young/old man/guy/gentleman/male/bloke/dude
a middle-aged/older man/guy/gentleman/male/bloke
a good/great/funny man/guy/bloke/dude
2. U
They uncovered tools used by prehistoric man.
humanity • • mankind • • the human race • • humankind
Which word? Man can be used to refer to humans when compared with other animals; to describe the development of people through history; or to talk about all the people and societies of the world
the relationship between man and nature
Stone Age man
all diseases known to man
This last use is becoming old-fashioned because many people now replace man and mankind with gender neutral words like humanity and humankind.
More About:
Ways of talking about men and women
When you are writing or speaking English it is important to use language that includes both men and women equally. Some people may be very offended if you do not.The human race
Man and mankind have traditionally been used to mean ‘all men and women’. Many people now prefer to use humanity, the human race, human beings or people.Jobs
The suffix -ess in names of occupations such as actress, hostess and waitress shows that the person doing the job is a woman. Many people now avoid these. Instead you can use actor or host, (although actress and hostess are still very common) or a neutral word, such as server for waiter and waitress.
Neutral words like assistant, worker, person or officer are now often used instead of -man or -woman in the names of jobs. For example, you can use police officer instead of policeman or policewoman, and spokesperson instead of spokesman or spokeswoman. Neutral words are very common in newspapers, on television and radio and in official writing, in both BrE and NAmE.
When talking about jobs that are traditionally done by the other sex, some people say: a male secretary/nurse/model (NOT man) or a woman/female doctor/barrister/driver. However this is now not usually used unless you need to emphasize which sex the person is, or it is still unusual for the job to be done by a man/woman: My daughter prefers to see a woman doctor. They have a male nanny for their kids. a female racing driver Pronouns
He used to be considered to cover both men and women: Everyone needs to feel he is loved. This is not now acceptable. Instead, after everybody, everyone, anybody, anyone, somebody, someone, etc. one of the plural pronouns they, them, and their is often used: Does everybody know what they want? Somebody’s left their coat here. I hope nobody’s forgotten to bring their passport with them.
Some people prefer to use he or she, his or her, or him or her in speech and writing: Everyone knows what’s best for him or herself. He/she or (s)he can also be used in writing: If in doubt, ask your doctor. He/she can give you more information. (You may find that some writers just use ‘she’.) These uses can seem awkward when they are used a lot. It is better to try to change the sentence, using a plural noun. Instead of saying: A baby cries when he or she is tired you can say Babies cry when they are tired.
Example Bank:
George Clooney's first role as leading man
He found success hard to come by after losing his right-hand man.
He walked out of court a free man.
He was a lucky man to have found such a partner.
He was a self-made man who raised himself from poverty to success.
He's a family man who rarely goes out with his friends.
How could a human torture his fellow man?
I was helped by two burly men with tattoos.
I've never been a gambling man.
In man the brain is highly developed.
It's a powerful indictment of the horrors of war and man's inhumanity to man.
Several people made speeches in honour of the great man.
Vincente is a wanted man back in his own country.
What a horrible man!
a little old man
a middle-aged, balding man
the most poisonous substance known to man
He's a good-looking young man.
I now pronounce you man and wife.
Many burials of Neanderthal man have been excavated in Europe.
Many people are worried about the damage caused by man to the environment.
Over 150 men, women and children were killed.
They uncovered tools used by prehistoric man.
What's her new man like?
Idioms: a man as one man every man for himself make a man of somebody man about town man and boy man enough man in the street man of God cloth man of the match man of the people man to man man's best friend man's home is his castle man's man one man's meat is another man's poison somebody's man sort out the men from the boys the last man you can't keep a good man down your own man
verb (-nn-)~ sth
to work at a place or be in charge of a place or a machine; to supply people to work somewhere
Syn: crew, Syn: staff
Soldiers manned barricades around the city.
The telephones are manned 24 hours a day by volunteers.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Old English man(n), (plural) menn (noun), mannian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch man, German Mann, and Sanskrit manu ‘mankind’.
exclamation (informal, especially NAmE)
used to express surprise, anger, etc
Man, that was great!
Word Origin:
Old English man(n), (plural) menn (noun), mannian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch man, German Mann, and Sanskrit manu ‘mankind’.
See also: Englishman's home is his castle

WordNet Dictionary:
one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea
Syn: Isle of Man

1. an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
- there were two women and six men on the bus
Syn: adult male
Ant: woman
- two men stood sentry duty
Syn: serviceman, military man, military personnel
Ant: civilian (for: serviceman)
3. the generic use of the word to refer to any human being
- it was every man for himself
4. any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
Syn: homo, human being, human
5. a male subordinate
- the chief stationed two men outside the building
- he awaited word from his man in Havana
6. an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)
- the army will make a man of you
8. a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman
- she takes good care of her man
Ant: woman
9. game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
- he taught me to set up the men on the chess board
- he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage
Syn: piece
10. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
- all the world loves a lover
- she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women
1. take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place
- Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning
2. provide with workers
- We cannot man all the desks
- Students were manning the booths

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.A human being; - opposed to beast.
These men went about wide, and man found they none,
But fair country, and wild beast many [a] one.
The king is but a man, as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me.
'Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast!
2.An adult male person; a grown-up male person, as distinguished from a woman or a child.
When I became a man, I put away childish things.
Ceneus, a woman once, and once a man.
3.The human race; mankind.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion.
The proper study of mankind is man.
4.The male portion of the human race.
Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to the discharge of parental duties.
5.One possessing in a high degree the distinctive qualities of manhood; one having manly excellence of any kind.
This was the noblest Roman of them all . . . the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world "This was a man!"
6.An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject.
Like master, like man.
The vassal, or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered, and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honor.
7.A term of familiar address at one time implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste; as, Come, man, we 've no time to lose! In the latter half of the 20th century it became used in a broader sense as simply a familiar and informal form of address, but is not used in business or formal situations; as, hey, man! You want to go to a movie tonight?.
8.A married man; a husband; - correlative to wife.
I pronounce that they are man and wife.
every wife ought to answer for her man.
9.One, or any one, indefinitely; - a modified survival of the Saxon use of man, or mon, as an indefinite pronoun.
A man can not make him laugh.
A man would expect to find some antiquities; but all they have to show of this nature is an old rostrum of a Roman ship.
10.One of the piece with which certain games, as chess or draughts, are played.
Man ape
(Zool.) a anthropoid ape, as the gorilla.
Man at arms
a designation of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries for a soldier fully armed.
Man engine
a mechanical lift for raising or lowering people through considerable distances;
(Mining) a contrivance by which miners ascend or descend in a shaft. It consists of a series of landings in the shaft and an equal number of shelves on a vertical rod which has an up and down motion equal to the distance between the successive landings. A man steps from a landing to a shelf and is lifted or lowered to the next landing, upon which he them steps, and so on, traveling by successive stages.
Man Friday
a person wholly subservient to the will of another, like Robinson Crusoe's servant Friday.
Man of straw
a puppet; one who is controlled by others; also, one who is not responsible pecuniarily.
Man-of-the earth
(Bot.) a twining plant (Ipomœa pandurata) with leaves and flowers much like those of the morning-glory, but having an immense tuberous farinaceous root.
Man of sin
(Script.) one who is the embodiment of evil, whose coming is represented (2 Thess. ii. 3) as preceding the second coming of Christ.
Man of war
a - A warrior; a soldier
b - (Naut.) See in the Vocabulary.
c - See Portuguese man-of-war under man-of-war and also see Physalia.
Man-stopping bullet
(Mil.) a bullet which will produce a sufficient shock to stop a soldier advancing in a charge; specif., a small-caliber bullet so modified as to expand when striking the human body, producing a severe wound which is also difficult to treat medically. Types of bullets called hollow-nosed bullets, soft-nosed bullets and hollow-point bullets are classed as man-stopping. The dumdum bullet or dumdum is another well-known variety. Such bullets were originally designed for wars with savage tribes.
To be one's own man
to have command of one's self; not to be subject to another.
v. t.1.To supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or the like; to guard; as, to man a ship, boat, or fort.
[imp. & p. p. Manned (mănd); p. pr. & vb. n. Manning.]
See how the surly Warwick mans the wall !
They man their boats, and all their young men arm.
2.To furnish with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify.
3.To tame, as a hawk.
4.To furnish with a servant or servants.
5.To wait on as a manservant.
To man a yard
(Naut.) to send men upon a yard, as for furling or reefing a sail.
To man the yards
(Naut.) to station men on the yards as a salute or mark of respect.

Dictionary of Computing:
1.MAN - Metropolitan Area Network - Unix manual page

Legal Dictionary:

MAN. A human being. This definition includes not only the adult male sex of the human species, but women and children; examples: "of offences against man, some are more immediately against the king, other's more immediately against the subject." Hawk. P. C. book 1, c. 2, s. 1. Offences against the life of man come under the general name of homicide, which in our law signifies the killing of a man by a man." Id. book 1, c. 8, s. 2.
     2. In a more confined sense, man means a person of the male sex; and sometimes it signifies a male of the human species above the age of puberty. Vide Rape. It was considered in the civil or Roman law, that although man and person are synonymous in grammar, they had a different acceptation in law; all persons were men, but all men, for example, slaves, were not persons, but things. Vide Barr. on the Stat. 216, note.

Dream Dictionary:
To see a man in your dream, denotes the masculine aspect of yourself - the side that is assertive, rational, aggressive, and/or competitive. If the man is known to you, then the dream may reflect you feelings and concerns you have about him. If you are a woman and dream that you are in the arms of a man, suggests that you are accepting and welcoming your stronger assertive personality . It may also highlight your desires to be in a relationship and your image of the ideal man. To see an old man in your dream, represents wisdom or forgiveness.

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