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Meaning of man by Wiktionary Dictionary



    MAN ( plural: MANs )

    1. Metropolitan Area Network; a large computer network usually spanning a city .


    • AMN, MNA, 'Nam, 'nam, Nam


    By Wiktionary ( 2011/12/25 17:16 UTC Version )


    From the noun man


    -man ( plural: -men )

    1. Someone ( implied male ) who is an expert in an area; e.g. horseman, sportsman .
    2. Someone ( implied male ) who is employed or holds a position in an area; e.g lawman, newsman .
    3. Someone ( implied male ) who has special characteristics relating to an area, e.g. freeman, iceman, superman .
    4. In certain cases, someone ( implied male ) who derives from a particular nationality; e.g. Scotsman, Chinaman .

    Usage notes

    Historically referred to only men. In modern usage, gender-inclusive terms are generally preferred ( ex. equestrian, firefighter, letter carrier, Chinese ) .


    • -woman


    • -person

    Derived terms

    Usage notes

    This suffix is frequently employed in the names of comic book characters, e.g. Aquaman, Batman, Plasticman, Sandman, Superman, etc .


    By Wiktionary ( 2010/06/11 02:44 UTC Version )

    Alternative forms

    • Man


    Man .

    1. 略語 of Manitoba .


    • AMN, MNA, 'Nam, 'nam, Nam


    By Wiktionary ( 2010/10/02 15:57 UTC Version )



    1. Denoting a relation to humans or humanity .
    2. Denoting a relation to men or masculinity .

Explanation of man by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. provide with workers

    2. We cannot man all the desks
      Students were manning the booths
    3. take charge of a certain job

    4. Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning
    1. any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

    2. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

    3. she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women
    4. game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

    5. he taught me to set up the men on the chess board
    6. one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea

    7. an adult person who is male ( as opposed to a woman )

    8. there were two women and six men on the bus
    9. a male person who plays a significant role ( husband or lover or boyfriend ) in the life of a particular woman

    10. she takes good care of her man
    11. an adult male person who has a manly character ( virile and courageous competent )

    12. the army will make a man of you
    13. the generic use of the word to refer to any human being

    14. it was every man for himself
    15. a male subordinate

    16. the chief stationed two men outside the building
      he awaited word from his man in Havana
    17. someone who serves in the armed forces

    18. two men stood sentry duty
    19. a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer

    20. Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man

    Definition of man by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Man ( măn ), n.; pl. Men ( mĕn ). [AS. mann, man, monn, mon; akin to OS., D., & OHG. man, G. mann, Icel. maðr, for mannr, Dan. Mand, Sw. man, Goth. manna, Skr. manu, manus, and perh. to Skr. man to think, and E. mind. √104. Cf. Minx a pert girl.]
      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. R. of Glouc.

      The king is but a man, as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me. Shak.

      'Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast! W. C. Fields

      2. Especially: 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. I Cor. xiii. 11.

      Ceneus, a woman once, and once a man. Dryden.

      3. The human race; mankind.

      And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion. Gen. i. 26.

      The proper study of mankind is man. Pope.

      4. The male portion of the human race.

      Woman has, in general, much stronger propensity than man to the discharge of parental duties. Cowper.

      5. One possessing in a high degree the distinctive qualities of manhood; one having manly excellence of any kind. Shak.

      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!” Shak.

      6. An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject.

      Like master, like man. Old Proverb.

      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. Blackstone.

      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?”. [Informal]

      8. A married man; a husband; -- correlative to wife.

      I pronounce that they are man and wife. Book of Com. Prayer.

      every wife ought to answer for her man. Addison.

      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. Shak.

      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. Addison.

      10. One of the piece with which certain games, as chess or draughts, are played.

      ☞ Man is often used as a prefix in composition, or as a separate adjective, its sense being usually self-explaining; as, man child, man eater or maneater, man-eating, man hater or manhater, man-hating, manhunter, man-hunting, mankiller, man-killing, man midwife, man pleaser, man servant, man-shaped, manslayer, manstealer, man-stealing, manthief, man worship, etc.

      Man is also used as a suffix to denote a person of the male sex having a business which pertains to the thing spoken of in the qualifying part of the compound; ashman, butterman, laundryman, lumberman, milkman, fireman, repairman, showman, waterman, woodman. Where the combination is not familiar, or where some specific meaning of the compound is to be avoided, man is used as a separate substantive in the foregoing sense; as, apple man, cloth man, coal man, hardware man, wood man ( as distinguished from woodman ).

      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; specifically ( 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 ( Ipomoea 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. [A Hebraistic expression] -- Man of war. A warrior; a soldier. Shak. ( Naut. ) See in the Vocabulary. 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 expMan ( măn ), n.; pl. Men ( mĕn ). [AS. mann, man, monn, mon; akin to OS., D., & OHG. man, G. mann, Icel. maðr, for mannr, Dan. Mand, Sw. man, Goth. manna, Skr. manu, manus, and perh. to Skr. man to think, and E. mind. √104. Cf. Minx a pert girl.]
      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. R. of Glouc.

      The king is
    2. Man ( măn ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Manned ( mănd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Manning.]
      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”.

      See how the surly Warwick mans the wall ! Shak.

      They man their boats, and all their young men arm. Waller.

      2. To furnish with strength for action; to prepare for efficiency; to fortify. “Theodosius having manned his soul with proper reflections.” Addison.

      3. To tame, as a hawk. [R.] Shak.

      4. To furnish with a servant or servants. [Obs.] Shak.

      5. To wait on as a manservant. [Obs.] Shak.

      ☞ In “Othello,” V. ii. 270, the meaning is uncertain, being, perhaps: To point, to aim, or to manage.

      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.