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English noun: man

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

SamplesThere were two women and six men on the bus.

Synonymsadult male

Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup, male, male person

Narrower (hyponym)adonis, baboo, babu, bachelor, beau, beau, bey, Black man, boy, boyfriend, bozo, bruiser, bull, buster, castrate, cat, clotheshorse, dandy, divorced man, dude, dude, ejaculator, Esq, Esquire, eunuch, ex, ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, fashion plate, father figure, father surrogate, father-figure, fellow, fellow, fop, gallant, galoot, geezer, gentleman, golden boy, grass widower, graybeard, greybeard, guy, he-man, Herr, hombre, Hooray Henry, housefather, hunk, inamorato, iron man, ironman, ironside, macho-man, Methuselah, middle-aged man, Monsieur, old boy, old man, old man, paterfamilias, patriarch, Peter Pan, philanderer, ponce, posseman, Samson, Senhor, shaver, sheik, signior, signor, signore, sir, stiff, strapper, stud, swain, swell, Tarzan, unmarried man, white man, widower, widowman, womaniser, womanizer, wonder boy, yellow man, young buck, young man, young man

Instance hyponymAbel, Adam, Cain, Ham, Japheth, Seth, Shem

Part holonymadult male body, man's body

Antonymsadult female, woman

2. man (person) someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force

SamplesTwo men stood sentry duty.

Synonymsmilitary man, military personnel, serviceman

Broader (hypernym)skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker

Narrower (hyponym)air force officer, artilleryman, bluejacket, cannoneer, commander, commando, conscript, devil dog, draftee, enlisted person, ex-serviceman, gunner, inductee, leatherneck, machine gunner, Marine, military officer, military volunteer, navy man, noncombatant, occupier, officer, ranger, sailor, sailor boy, shipboard soldier, striper, vet, veteran, veteran, veteran soldier, voluntary, volunteer

Member meronymforce, military force, military group, military unit

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine


3. man (person) the generic use of the word to refer to any human being

SamplesIt was every man for himself.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

4. man (animal) any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

Synonymshomo, human, human being

Broader (hypernym)hominid

Narrower (hyponym)Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Homo rhodesiensis, Homo sapiens, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, Homo soloensis, human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, man, mankind, Neandertal, Neandertal man, Neanderthal, Neanderthal man, Rhodesian man, world

Part holonymanatomy, arm, bod, body hair, build, chassis, face, figure, flesh, foot, form, frame, hand, head of hair, human body, human face, human foot, human head, loin, lumbus, mane, manus, material body, mitt, paw, pes, physical body, physique, shape, soma

Member meronymgenus Homo

Domain category membersbody, hyperdactyly, nutrition, organic structure, physical structure, polydactyly, prepubertal, prepubescent, schistosome dermatitis, side, swimmer's itch, syndactylism, syndactyly

5. man (person) a male subordinate

SamplesThe chief stationed two men outside the building.
He awaited word from his man in Havana.

Broader (hypernym)foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling

6. man (person) an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)

SamplesThe army will make a man of you.

Broader (hypernym)male, male person

7. man (person) a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer

SamplesJeeves was Bertie Wooster's man.

Synonymsgentleman, gentleman's gentleman, valet, valet de chambre

Broader (hypernym)body servant, manservant

8. man (person) a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman

SamplesShe takes good care of her man.

Broader (hypernym)lover, male, male person

Domain usagecolloquialism


9. Man (location) one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea

SynonymsIsle of Man

Instance hypernymisland

Part meronymBritish Isles

10. man (artifact) game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

SamplesHe taught me to set up the men on the chess board.
He sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage.


Broader (hypernym)game equipment

Narrower (hyponym)black, checker, chequer, chess piece, chessman, tile, white

11. man (animal) all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

SamplesAll the world loves a lover.
She always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women.

Synonymshuman beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, mankind, world

Broader (hypernym)group, grouping, homo, human, human being, man

Member holonympeople

English verb: man

1. man (social) take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place

SamplesMr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do work, work

Verb groupman

2. man (competition) provide with workers

SamplesWe cannot man all the desks.
Students were manning the booths.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)staff

Narrower (hyponym)crew

Verb groupman

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