AskDefine | Define masculine

Dictionary Definition

masculine adj
1 of grammatical gender [ant: feminine, neuter]
2 associated with men and not with women [ant: feminine]
3 (music or poetry) ending on an accented beat or syllable; "a masculine cadence"; "the masculine rhyme of `annoy, enjoy'" n : a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male

User Contributed Dictionary



From masculin, from masculinus, from masculus, diminutive of mas; See male.


  • a RP /ˈmæskjʊlɪn/ or /ˈmæskjəlɪn/
  • a US /ˈmæskjuːlɪn/ or /ˈmæskjəlɪn/


  1. pertaining to male humans, men:
    1. manly; having the qualities associated with men; suitable to, or characteristic of, a man; not feminine or effeminate; virile (only in this sense, does the adjective compare)
      • Hallam — That lady, after her husband's death, held the reins with a masculine energy.
      • Fuller — A masculine church.
    2. male; having male biology, not female; of the male sex (rare)
      • Chaucer — Thy masculine children, that is to say, thy sons.
    3. belonging to men; appropriated to, or used by, men
      “John”, “Paul”, and “Harry” are masculine names.
  2. in many inflected languages:
    1. In the context of "of a noun": being of the masculine class, or grammatical gender, and inflected in that manner
      The noun Student is masculine in German.
    2. In the context of "of some other parts of speech": being inflected in agreement with the masculine
      German uses the masculine of the definite article, der, with Student.


having male qualities, not feminine or effeminate.
  • Catalan: masculí, viril
  • Danish: maskulin, mandig
  • Dutch: mannelijk
  • Finnish: miehekäs, maskuliininen
  • French: masculin
  • German: männlich, maskulin
  • Greek: ανδρικός
  • Italian: masculino
  • Japanese: 男性的な
  • Korean: 남자 같은
  • Marathi: पुरुषी (puruShi)
  • Romanian: masculin, bărbătesc, viril
  • Russian: мужской, мужеподобный, маскулинный
  • Spanish: masculino
  • West Frisian: manlik
of the male sex; biologically male, not female; manly
belonging to males; appropriated to, or used by, males
  • Catalan: masculí
  • Danish: maskulin
  • Dutch: mannelijk
  • Finnish: miesten (genitive)
  • French: masculin
  • German: Männer-
  • Greek: ανδρικός
  • Italian: maschile,
  • Japanese: 男性の
  • Korean: 남자의
  • Marathi: पुरुषी (puruShi)
  • Romanian: masculin
  • Russian: мужской
  • Spanish: masculino
  • West Frisian: manlik
(grammar) of a noun being of the masculine class, of some other parts of speech being inflected in the masculine manner



  1. Form of feminine, masculin





Extensive Definition

Masculine normally refers to qualities positively associated with men (see Masculinity). A synonym is manly; antonyms include emasculated, unmanly, effeminate and epicene.
It can also refer to:

See also

masculine in Welsh: Gwrywaidd
masculine in French: Masculin
masculine in Norwegian: Hankjønn
masculine in Portuguese: Masculino

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