Meaning of masculine in English:



  • 1Having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with men.

    ‘he is outstandingly handsome and robust, very masculine’
    • ‘These are very attractive and masculine qualities.’
    • ‘This 16th century bastioned city is unique in the feminine quality among the masculine citadels of Rajasthan.’
    • ‘Actually, part of her success is that she combines traditionally masculine and feminine qualities in one package.’
    • ‘A fine figure of a man, he radiates masculine self-assurance, a quality that interested the Queen greatly.’
    • ‘This is in partial contrast to the previous emphasis on masculine qualities in the work force.’
    • ‘He was still pale and his skin was still smooth and soft like that of a woman's, but his features all together gave out a masculine appearance.’
    • ‘Metal frames are sturdier, giving you a more masculine appearance.’
    • ‘For Poe, the masculine qualities are necessary for good criticism and, indeed, for good patriotism.’
    • ‘In this group, the female pelvis is very masculine in appearance and so forensic anthropology achieves a very low level of correct identification.’
    • ‘To that extent they become momentary warriors, taking on in the act some culturally masculine qualities.’
    • ‘You have a lot of, if you don't mind me saying this, masculine qualities.’
    • ‘The truth of the matter is that these are masculine qualities as well.’
    • ‘For too long the subject area has had a predominantly, if not exclusively, masculine appearance.’
    • ‘The outfit is complemented by a brightly coloured, alluringly masculine hat.’
    • ‘The piece consisted of a strong masculine quality through the incorporation of proud gestures and demonstration of great physical skill.’
    • ‘Thus, it appears that masculine identity is both shaped and reinforced by physical activity and sport involvement.’
    • ‘One study found that masculine traits were associated with a greater variety of assumed issue competencies.’
    • ‘Sure, my hair may have been tucked under my hat but even so, my features weren't completely masculine!’
    • ‘Media reporting of the judgments was deeply depressing and suggested our newspapers, if not our divorce courts, are still driven by very masculine agendas.’
    • ‘We have seen on TV displays of miraculous masculine prowess.’
    virile, macho, manly, all-male, muscular, muscly, strong, strapping, well built, rugged, robust, brawny, powerful, red-blooded, vigorous
    mannish, manlike, unfeminine, unwomanly, unladylike, Amazonian
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    1. 1.1Relating to men; male.
      ‘a masculine voice’
      • ‘A hesitant and very masculine voice echoed through the earpiece.’
      • ‘A masculine voice soon interrupted them, the kitchen door opening.’
      • ‘However, I thought I caught a hint of relief in his masculine voice.’
      • ‘A masculine voice encroached on her musings and Valerie looked up.’
      • ‘I sighed as that deep masculine voice pierced through my thoughts.’
      • ‘One of the most interesting things about Daniel is that his voice retains its masculine character no matter how high he sings.’
      • ‘I heard a deep masculine voice that sounded vaguely familiar behind me.’
      • ‘The voice too, was masculine, speaking into his mind clearer than ever before, strong and deep.’
      • ‘Just as they were about to sit a deep, masculine voice called out to Emily.’
      • ‘The harsh masculine voice rang out, accompanied by the sound of several pairs of feet on the stairs.’
      • ‘My ears prickled at the sound of the masculine voice from behind me.’
      • ‘It was a deep masculine voice that made the little child shiver and sob harder.’
      • ‘The rhythm of a masculine voice flows well with altering images on the monitors.’
      • ‘I spun around at the sound of a masculine voice and nearly jumped out of my skin.’
      • ‘She slowly opened her eyes when she heard a gentle masculine voice calling her name.’
      • ‘Her bosses at work, which she called ‘a very masculine environment,’ reacted favourably as well.’
      • ‘A deep masculine voice rang out clearly around the classroom, strong and confident.’
      • ‘Growing up in a feminine household, with just my mum and sister around, it's not hard to see why I should have been so drawn to the very masculine environment of a football crowd.’
      • ‘So the two women represent untenable solutions to being a woman in this violent, masculine environment.’
      • ‘This time she did get an answer, although the voice was firm and masculine.’
      male, manly, manlike, of men, man's, men's, male-oriented
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  • 2Grammar
    Of or denoting a gender of nouns and adjectives, conventionally regarded as male.

    ‘masculine pronouns’
    • ‘Italian casa ‘house’ is a noun of feminine gender, giardino ‘garden’ is a noun of masculine gender.’
    • ‘It is unfortunate that the gender of the noun, being masculine, is confused with the intent of the word, which is neutral.’
    • ‘Latin homo is a masculine noun that can mean a human being, a male person, or humanity in general.’
    • ‘Anthropos and homo are both of masculine gender, but refer to people of both sexes.’
    • ‘It's the nominative masculine plural definite article.’


the masculine
  • 1The male sex or gender.

    ‘the dance presents the world of the masculine, its raw energy’
    • ‘The result seems very much a mix of the two genders, with the emphasis on the masculine.’
    • ‘It differentiates the masculine from the feminine, the child from the adult and the human from the animal.’
    • ‘It must be part of an inclusive approach to discussing a new history, which integrates the feminine with the masculine.’
    • ‘Custom and language associate the former characteristics with the feminine, the latter, with the masculine.’
    • ‘For the feminine to gain power, the implication is that the masculine must lose it-and then must compensate somehow.’
    • ‘But we believe the feminine is a little bit more important than the masculine.’
    • ‘One of those forces has been the persistent desire to distance science from the feminine, and to identify it with the masculine.’
    • ‘But a great many still have a little more trouble with the masculine.’
    • ‘Feminine things and archetypes will be honored and praised, while the masculine will be thought of as weak and sinful.’
    • ‘Women have already made considerable progress in incorporating the masculine.’
    • ‘The feminine is positioned on the side of the open, the masculine on the side of liquidation, closure and exclusion.’
    • ‘To do this they must address the men in their lives in order to accept the masculine in themselves.’
    • ‘I don't think anyone has ever solved what is the deep feminine and the deep masculine.’
    • ‘In these works she deals with mythical beasts who are used as symbols of the masculine and feminine in a painterly and expressive manner.’
    • ‘Lines and circles, the masculine and the feminine, are cosmic principles whose roots are in our souls.’
    1. 1.1Grammar A masculine word or form.
      • ‘In dictionaries, adjectives are always given in the masculine singular and this may not be the form in which you need the adjective and you may have to change it.’
      • ‘The Masculine of either the Adjective or the Participle is freely used in any Case and in any construction.’
      • ‘It will be observed that the masculine of the adjective is declined exactly like a masculine noun of the second declension, the feminine exactly like a feminine noun of the first declension, and the neuter exactly like a neuter noun of the second declension.’
      • ‘What is the masculine of a doe?’


Late Middle English (in grammatical use): via Old French from Latin masculinus, from masculus ‘male’.