Pronunciation: (man), [key]
n., pl. men,
v., manned, man•ning,

1. an adult male person, as distinguished from a boy or a woman.
2. a member of the species Homo sapiens or all the members of this species collectively, without regard to sex: prehistoric man.
3. the human individual as representing the species, without reference to sex; the human race; humankind: Man hopes for peace, but prepares for war.
4. a human being; person: to give a man a chance; When the audience smelled the smoke, it was every man for himself.
5. a husband.
6. a male lover or sweetheart.
7. a male follower or subordinate: the king's men. He's the boss's number one man.
8. a male employee or representative, esp. of a company or agency: a Secret Service man; a man from the phone company.
9. a male having qualities considered typical of men or appropriately masculine: Be a man. The army will make a man of you.
10. a male servant.
11. a valet.
12. See enlisted man.
13. an enthusiast or devotee: I like jazz, but I'm essentially a classics man.
14. Slang.male friend; ally: You're my main man.
15. a term of familiar address to a man; fellow: Now, now, my good man, please calm down.
16. Slang.a term of familiar address to a man or a woman: Hey, man, take it easy.
17. one of the pieces used in playing certain games, as chess or checkers.
18. Hist.a liegeman; vassal.
19. Obs.manly character or courage.
20. as one man, in complete agreement or accord; unanimously: They arose as one man to protest the verdict.
21. be one's own man,
a. to be free from restrictions, control, or dictatorial influence; be independent: Now that he has a business he is his own man.
b. to be in complete command of one's faculties: After a refreshing nap he was again his own man.
22. man and boy, ever since childhood: He's been working that farm, man and boy, for more than 50 years.
23. the man, Slang.
a. a person or group asserting authority or power over another, esp. in a manner experienced as being oppressive, demeaning, or threatening, as an employer, the police, or a dominating racial group.
b. a person or group upon whom one is dependent, as the drug supplier for an addict. Also,the Man.
24. to a man, with no exception; everyone; all: To a man, the members of the team did their best.

1. to furnish with men, as for service or defense.
2. to take one's place for service, as at a gun or post: to man the ramparts.
3. to strengthen, fortify, or brace; steel: to man oneself for the dangers ahead.
4. accustom (a hawk) to the presence of men.

interj. expression of surprise, enthusiasm, dismay, or other strong feeling: Man, what a ball game!


Pronunciation: (män, man; unstressed mun), [key]
auxiliary v. Scot.


Pronunciation: (man), [key]
Isle of, an island of the British Isles, in the Irish Sea. 58,773; 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km). Cap.: Douglas.


a combining form of man: layman; postman.


1. Manila.
2. Manitoba.



Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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