1. [ adjective ] characteristic of a man
Synonyms: virile manful manlike male

"a deep male voice" "manly sports"

Related terms: masculine
2. [ adverb ] in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man
Synonyms: manfully

"having said her say Peggy manfully shouldered her burden and prepared to break up yet another home"

Related terms: unmanfully
3. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 13997
4. [ adjective ] possessing qualities befitting a man
Synonyms: manlike manful
Related terms: unmanly man-sized doughty masculine
Similar spelling:   mainly