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Word forms "man":
singular man plural men UK [men] / US
Words that may cause offence: man:
Man and mankind are sometimes used to refer to humans in general, including both men and women. However, many people think that this use suggests that women are not included, or that men are more important than women. To avoid causing offence, you can use words and expressions such as humans, human beings, people, humanity, or the human race.1)a) [countable] an adult male human
an ambitious young man
a jury of nine men and three women
a man's overcoat
a man of 64 (= who is 64 years old)b) a manold-fashioned used by a man for referring to himself
A man likes to have some time to himself.••See:2)a) [countable] old-fashioned a person of either sex. Some people do not like to use this word in this way because they think it is offensive to women
All men are created equal.b) [uncountable] people in general
He always maintained his belief in the goodness of man.
the evolution of man3) [countable] someone who is strong and brave, as a man is traditionally expected to bebe a man!:
Come on! Be a man!4)a) [countable] a man who is connected with a particular place
a city man
The truck was driven by a 28-year-old Doncaster man.b) a man who has been to a particular university
an Oxford man5) [countable] informal a man who takes part in a particular activity or who likes a particular thing
I'm not really a football man. I prefer tennis.6) [countable] a husband, boyfriend, or sexual partner
Have you met Jessica's new man?7) [countable, usually plural] a man of low rank in the armed forces
General Hoge ordered his men to take the bridge.8) [countable] a man of low status who works in a factory, on a farm, or in industry
The men were threatening to go on strike.a) a man who comes to your house to do a piece of work or provide a service, especially to repair something
the dishwasher man
the gas man
They sent a man round to look at the sink.b) a man who works for a particular company or organization, or who does a particular type of work
He eyed the two CIA men suspiciously.our man in something:
a medical/military man
Our man in Brazil has been watching the situation.••See:9)a) [countable] informal used for talking to a man or a boy
Hey man, how are you doing?b) informal old-fashioned used for talking to a man when you are annoyed or upset
Just get on with it, man!10) the manmainly American informal someone with power and authority over other people11) [countable] one of the small objects used for playing a game such as chess12) [countable] old-fashioned a servant•
be man enough (to do something/for something)— to be strong and brave enough to do something difficult or dangerous
Are you man enough for the job?
hit/kick a man when he's down— informal to treat someone badly when they are already in a weak position
make a man (out) of someone— to give a boy or young man the qualities that a man is traditionally expected to have
The army will soon make a man out of you.
the man of the moment/hour— the man who is most popular or successful at a particular time
the men in (grey) suits— the men who control an organization but whose names are not well known. This expression shows that you think people like this are boring or conservative
The men in grey suits vetoed the idea.old-fashioned used for talking to a man of a lower social class
my (good/dear) man— British
prehistoric/modern etc man— the people who lived at a particular period in history
Inactivity is a disease of modern man.
to a man/to the last man— literary used for saying that all the men in a group do something
The entire committee opposed him, to a man.- my man- your manSee:separate II, street I, world
II UK [mæn] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "man":
present tense I/you/we/they man he/she/it mans present participle manning past tense manned past participle mannedto provide a place, machine, or system with the people needed to operate it. Some people avoid using this word because they think it is offensive to women, and they use staff or crew insteadPhrasal verbs:
We need someone to man the switchboard.- man up
III UK [mæn] / US interjection informalused for expressing surprise, admiration, anger etc
Man! That was pretty scary!
English dictionary. 2014.