Having qualities becoming to a man; not childish or womanish; manlike, especially. Brave, courageous, resolute, noble. "Let's briefly put on manly readiness." (Shak) "Serene and manly, hardened to sustain The load of life." (Dryden)

Synonyms: Bold, daring, brave, courageous, firm, undaunted, hardy, dignified, stately.

Origin: Man + -ly. Cf. Manlike.

(01 Mar 1998)

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