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Webster 1913 Edition


Male

Male

(māl)
,
Adj.
[L.
malus
. See
Malice
.]
Evil; wicked; bad.
[Obs.]
Marston.

Male

,
Noun.
Same as
Mail
, a bag.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Male

,
Adj.
[F.
mâle
, OF.
masle
,
mascle
, fr. L.
masculus
male, masculine, dim. of
mas
a male; possibly akin to E.
man
. Cf.
Masculine
,
Marry
,
Verb.
T.
]
1.
Of or pertaining to the sex that begets or procreates young, or (in a wider sense) to the sex that produces spermatozoa, by which the ova are fertilized; not female;
as,
male
organs
.
2.
(Bot.)
Capable of producing fertilization, but not of bearing fruit; – said of stamens and antheridia, and of the plants, or parts of plants, which bear them.
3.
Suitable to the male sex; characteristic or suggestive of a male; masculine;
as,
male
courage
.
4.
Consisting of males;
as, a
male
choir
.
5.
(Mech.)
Adapted for entering another corresponding piece (the female piece) which is hollow and which it fits;
as, a
male
gauge, for gauging the size or shape of a hole; a
male
screw, etc.
Male fern
(Bot.)
,
a fern of the genus
Aspidium
(
Aspidium Filixmas
), used in medicine as an anthelmintic, esp. against the tapeworm.
Aspidium marginale
in America, and
Aspidium athamanticum
in South Africa, are used as good substitutes for the male fern in medical practice. See
Female fern
, under
Female
.
Male rhyme
,
a rhyme in which only the last syllables agree, as laid, afraid, dismayed. See
Female rhyme
, under
Female
.
Male screw
(Mech.)
,
a screw having threads upon its exterior which enter the grooves upon the inside of a corresponding nut or female screw.
Male thread
,
the thread of a male screw.

Male

,
Noun.
1.
An animal of the male sex.
2.
(Bot.)
A plant bearing only staminate flowers.

Webster 1828 Edition


Male

MALE

,
Adj.
[L. masculus, from mas,maris.]
1.
Pertaining to the sex that procreates young, and applied to animals of all kinds; as a male child; a male beast, fish, or fowl.
2.
Denoting the sex of a plant which produces the fecundating dust, or a flower or plant that bears the stamens only, without pistils.
3.
Denoting the screw whose threads enter the grooves or channels of the corresponding or female screw.

MALE

,
Noun.
Among animals, one of the sex whose office is to beget young; a he-animal.
1.
In botany, a plant of flower which produces stamens only, without pistils.
2.
In mechanics, the screw whose threads enter the grooves or channels of the corresponding part or female screw.

Definition 2021


Male

Male

See also: male, Malé, mâle, malë, måle, and málé

German

Noun

Male

  1. plural of Mal

male

male

See also: Male, Malé, mâle, malë, måle, małe, and málé

English

Adjective

male (not comparable)

  1. Belonging to the sex which has testes and/or XY chromosomes. [from 14th c.]
    • 2003, Manju Yadav, Biotechnology (ISBN 8171417124), page 314:
      Affected individuals are therefore chromosomally male but for the most part phenotypically female, and they are, or course, unable to bear children. Nevertheless, many do marry as women []
    • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:male.
  2. Belonging to the masculine gender (social category).
  3. (biology) Typical of, or typically found in, the male of a species. [from 16-17th c.]
    • 2009 September 11, The Guardian:
      "It's very complex area," said Bowen-Simpkins, a consultant gynaecologist. "The male hormone is what gives bulk to muscles and bones so they are at an advantage."
  4. (grammar, less common than 'masculine') Masculine; of the masculine grammatical gender.
    • 2012, Naomi McIlwraith, Kiyâm: Poems (ISBN 1926836693), page 43:
      The teacher's voice inflects the pulse of nêhiyawêwin as he teaches us. He says a prayer in the first class. Nouns, we learn, have a gender. In French, nouns are male or female, but in Cree, nouns are living or non-living, animate or inanimate.
  5. (figuratively) Of instruments, tools, or connectors: designed to fit into or penetrate a female counterpart, as in a connector, pipe fitting or laboratory glassware. [from 16th c.]

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Noun

male (plural males)

  1. One of the male (masculine) sex or gender.
    1. A human member of the masculine sex or gender.
      • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:male.
    2. An animal of the sex that has testes.
    3. A plant of the masculine sex.

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Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /maːlə/, [ˈmæːlə]

Etymology 1

From Middle Low German mālen (to draw, paint). Cognate with Icelandic mála (to paint).

Verb

male (imperative mal, present maler, past malede or malte, past participle malet or malt)

  1. to paint
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Old Norse mala, from Proto-Germanic *malaną (to grind), from Proto-Indo-European *melh₂- (to grind, rub, break up). Cognate with Icelandic mala.

Verb

male (imperative mal, infinitive at male, present tense maler, past tense malede, perfect tense er/har malet)

  1. to grind, mill
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Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

male

  1. (archaic) Dative singular form of maal

Verb

male

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of malen

Esperanto

Etymology

From prefix mal- (antonym)+-e (indicates adverbs)

Adverb

male

  1. on the contrary
  2. opposingly; in opposition
    male ol...
    as opposed to...

Estonian

Etymology

Coined ex nihilo by Ado Grenzstein in the 19th century.

Noun

male (genitive male, partitive malet)

  1. (board game) chess

Declension


German

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aːlə

Verb

male

  1. First-person singular present of malen.
  2. Imperative singular of malen.
  3. First-person singular subjunctive I of malen.
  4. Third-person singular subjunctive I of malen.

Italian

Etymology

From Latin male.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈmaː.le], /ˈmale/

Adverb

male (comparative: peggio; superlative: malissimo)

  1. badly, wrongly

Antonyms

Noun

male m (plural mali)

  1. evil, harm
  2. pain, ache, illness, sickness, disease

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Latin

Etymology

From malus (bad, wicked).

Pronunciation

Adverb

male (comparable pēius, superlative pessimē)

  1. badly
  2. wrongly
  3. cruelly, wickedly
  4. not much; feebly

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References

  • male in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • male in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • MALE in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to deserve ill of a person; to treat badly: male mereri de aliquo
    • (ambiguous) to have a good or bad reputation, be spoken well, ill of: bene, male audire (ab aliquo)
    • (ambiguous) to inculcate good (bad) principles: bene (male) praecipere alicui
    • (ambiguous) a guilty conscience: animus male sibi conscius
    • (ambiguous) a moral (immoral) man: homo bene (male) moratus
    • (ambiguous) to bless (curse) a person: precari alicui bene (male) or omnia bona (mala), salutem
    • (ambiguous) to manage one's affairs, household, property well or ill: rem bene (male) gerere (vid. sect. XVI. 10a)
    • (ambiguous) to buy dearly: magno or male emere
    • (ambiguous) to win, lose a fight (of the commander): rem (bene, male) gerere (vid. sect. XII. 2, note rem gerere...)
    • (ambiguous) I am sorry to hear..: male (opp. bene) narras (de)

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From Old Norse mála and Middle Low German malen

Verb

male (imperative mal, present tense maler, passive males, simple past malte, past participle malt, present participle malende)

  1. to paint

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Etymology 2

From Old Norse mala

Verb

male (imperative mal, present tense maler, passive males, simple past mol or malte, past participle malt, present participle malende)

  1. to grind or mill (to make smaller by breaking with a device)
  2. to purr (of a cat, to make a vibrating sound in its throat when contented)

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