Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

man - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun man pronunciation in British English /mæn/
Word Forms
Close
singularman
pluralmen
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable] an adult male human

    a jury of nine men and three women

    a man’s overcoat

    a man of 64 (=who is 64 years old)

    1. a.

      a man

      old-fashioned used by a man for referring to himself

      A man likes to have some time to himself.

  2. 2
    [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.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [uncountable] people in general

      He always maintained his belief in the goodness of man.

      the evolution of man

  3. 3
    [countable] someone who is strong and brave, as a man is traditionally expected to be
    be a man!:

    Come on! Be a man!

  4. 4
    [countable] a man who is connected with a particular place

    a city man

    The truck was driven by a 28-year-old Doncaster man.

    1. a.
      a man who has been to a particular university

      an Oxford man

  5. 5
    [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. 7
    [countable] [usually plural] a man of low rank in the armed forces

    General Hoge ordered his men to take the bridge.

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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:

      Our man in Brazil has been watching the situation.

  8. 9
    [countable] informal used for talking to a man or a boy

    Hey man, how are you doing?

    1. a.
      informal old-fashioned used for talking to a man when you are annoyed or upset

      Just get on with it, man!

  9. 10

    the man

    mainly American informal someone with power and authority over other people
  10. 11
    [countable] one of the small objects used for playing a game such as chess
  11. 12
    [countable] old-fashioned a servant
    Synonyms and related words
 

unicorn

a start-up … whose value has reached more than one billion US dollars

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

crafternoon

an afternoon full of crafts

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog