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Webster 1913 Edition


Men

Men

(mĕn)
,
Noun.
,
pl.
of
Man
.

Men

,
p
ron.
[OE.
me
,
men
. “Not the plural of
man
, but a weakened form of the word
man
itself.”
Skeat
.]
A man; one; – used with a verb in the singular, and corresponding to the present indefinite one or they.
[Obs.]
Piers Plowman.
Men
moot give silver to the poure friars.
Chaucer.
A privy thief,
men
clepeth death.
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Men

MEN

,
plu.
of man. Two or more males, individuals of the human race.
1.
Males of bravery. We will live in honor, or die like men.
2.
Persons; people; mankind; in an indefinite sense. Men are apt to forget the benefactor, while they riot on the benefit.

Definition 2021


Men

Men

See also: Appendix:Variations of "men"

English

Proper noun

Men

  1. A god once worshipped in the western interior parts of Anatolia, and associated with lunar symbolism.

Polish

Proper noun

Men m

  1. Main (river in Germany)

Declension

men

men

See also: Appendix:Variations of "men"

English

Noun

men

  1. plural form of man
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. [] Indeed, all his features were in large mold, like the man himself, as though he had come from a day when skin garments made the proper garb of men.
  2. (collective) (The) people, humanity.

Quotations

  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:men.

Derived terms

Related terms

Translations

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: own · old · came · #107: men · come · without · make

Basque

Noun

men

  1. A command

Chuukese

Adverb

men

  1. softer form of fakkun (very)

Crimean Tatar

Pronoun

men (plural biz; possessive adjective menim)

  1. (personal) I (first-person singular)
Inflection
object me: maña
reflexive myself: özüm
possessive mine, my: menim

Danish

Etymology 1

From Old Norse mein, from Proto-Germanic *mainą (damage, hurt, injustice, sin).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /meːn/, [meːˀn]

Noun

men or mén n, c (singular definite menet or menen, plural indefinite men, plural definite menene)

  1. injury

Etymology 2

Same origin as Old Norse meðan (while).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɛn/, [mɛn]

Conjunction

men

  1. but
  2. (as a noun) but, catch, hitch, snag

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛn

Etymology 1

An unstressed variety of man.

Pronoun

men

  1. (indefinite) One, they, (the) people; indefinite third-person singular pronoun: Men zegt dat... (People say that...; It is said that...)
  2. All humanity, everyone; public opinion.
Related terms

Etymology 2

origin unclear

Verb

men

  1. first-person singular present indicative of mennen
  2. imperative of mennen

Faroese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [meːn] (noun)
  • IPA(key): [mɛnː] (conjunction)
    Homophone: menn

Noun

men f (genitive singular menar, plural menir or menar)

  1. (rare, Mykines) The spinal cord

Declension

Declension of men
f2 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative men menin menir menirnar
accusative men menina menir menirnar
dative men menini menum menunum
genitive menar menarinnar mena menanna
f6 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative men menin menar menarnar
Accusative men menina menar menarnar
Dative men menini menum menunum
Genitive menar menarinnar mena menanna

Synonyms

Conjunction

men

  1. but

Haitian Creole

Etymology 1

From French main (hand). 

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɜ̃/

Noun

men

  1. hand

Etymology 2

From French mais (but).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɜ̃/

Conjunction

men

  1. but

Italian

Adverb

men

  1. apocopic form of meno

Japanese

Romanization

men

  1. rōmaji reading of めん

Lojban

Rafsi

men

  1. rafsi of menli.

Mandarin

Romanization

men (Zhuyin ㄇㄣ˙)

  1. Pinyin transcription of ,
  2. Nonstandard spelling of mēn.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of mén.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of měn.
  5. Nonstandard spelling of mèn.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

Via Swedish and Danish men, same origin as Old Norse meðan (while).

Conjunction

men

  1. But, however; introducing a clause that contrasts with the preceding clause, sentence or common belief.
  2. though
  3. only
    Han er en fin kar, men han snakker litt for mye. – He is a nice guy, but he talks a bit too much.

Etymology 2

From Old Norse mein.

Noun

men

  1. damage; injury (also mén)
  2. permanent disability
  3. difficulty; drawback

Alternative forms

Etymology 3

Verb

men

  1. imperative of mene

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

Via Swedish and Danish men, same origin as Old Norse meðan (while).

Conjunction

men

  1. but, however; introducing a clause that contrasts with the preceding clause, sentence or common belief.
  2. though
  3. only

Etymology 2

From men.

Noun

men n (definite singular menet, uncountable)

  1. difficulty

Novial

Determiner

men

  1. my

Pronoun

men

  1. mine

Related terms


Pohnpeian

Verb

men

  1. to want

Sherbro

Noun

men (plural menti)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) water

References

  • James Frederick Schön, James Frederick Schön, Sherbro Vocabulary (1839), page 24

Swedish

Etymology 1

From Old Swedish men, from Middle Low German men, man ’but, only’, probably from Old Saxon niwan; possibly under the influence of Old Swedish men ’while, during’ (modern Swedish: medan, medans, mens). Cognate with modern Low German man.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɛn/

Conjunction

men

  1. but; introducing a clause that contrasts with the preceding clause, sentence or common belief.
  2. yet, but, however
    John har bott i staden i fem år, men aldrig besökt slottet.
    John has lived in the city for five years, yet never visited the castle.

Etymology 2

From Old Norse mein, like Icelandic and Norwegian mein, Old Saxon mēn, Old English mān; cognate of Icelandic meinn ’which causes injury’ (adjective), Old English mĕn, mæ̆ne ’evil, deceptive’ (adjective), Lithuanian maĭnas ’change’ (noun), Proto-Slavic měna ’change’ (noun); from the Indo-European root mei- ’switch’ (verb).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /meːn/

Noun

men n

  1. a handicap, long-time remnant of a physical or mental injury, which affects a person negatively
Declension
Inflection of men 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative men menet men menen
Genitive mens menets mens menens
Related terms

Turkmen

Pronoun

men

  1. (personal) I

Declension

See also


Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Noun

men

  1. yeast

Volapük

Noun

men

  1. human