Meaning of MAN in English

MAN

I. man 1 S1 W1 /mæn/ BrE AmE noun ( plural men /men/)

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ man , ↑ manhood , ↑ mankind ; adjective : ↑ manly ≠ ↑ unmanly , manned ≠ ↑ unmanned , ↑ mannish ; verb : ↑ man ; adverb : ↑ manfully ]

[ Language: Old English ]

1 . MALE PERSON [countable] an adult male human ⇨ woman :

There were two men and a woman in the car.

He’s a very kind man.

a man’s watch

Don’t keep Hansen waiting – he’s a busy man.

2 . STRONG/BRAVE [countable usually singular] a man who has the qualities that people think a man should have, such as being brave, strong etc:

Come on, be a man now. No more crying.

He wasn’t man enough (=strong or brave enough) to face up to his responsibilities.

make a man (out) of somebody (=make a boy or young man start behaving in a confident way)

Running his own business has really made a man out of Terry.

3 . PERSON [countable] a person, either male or female – used especially in formal situations or in the past:

All men are equal in the eyes of the law.

a man’s right to work

4 . PEOPLE [uncountable] people as a group:

This is one of the worst diseases known to man.

the evolution of man

prehistoric/stone-age/modern man (=people who lived at a particular stage of human development)

5 . WORKER

a) [countable usually plural] a man who works for an employer:

Why were there no protests from the men at the factory?

b) [countable] a man who does a job for you, especially repairing something:

Has the man been to fix the TV?

gas man/rent man etc

I waited all day for the gas man.

c) the man from something a man who works for a particular company or organization:

Was that the man from the PR agency?

6 . PARTICULAR KIND OF MAN [countable]

a) a man who comes from a particular place, does a particular kind of work, or is connected with a particular organization, especially a university or company:

I think she married a Belfast man.

I’ve been a military man all my life.

Even a Harvard man has a lot to learn about politics.

b) a man who likes, or likes doing, a particular thing:

I’m more of a jazz man myself.

Are you a betting man?

7 . man! spoken

a) used when speaking to an adult male, especially when you are excited, angry etc:

Stop talking nonsense, man!

b) used when speaking to someone, especially an adult male:

You look great, man!

8 . SOLDIER [countable usually plural] a soldier or ↑ sailor who is under the authority of an officer:

The Captain ordered his men to fire.

9 . HUSBAND [countable] informal a woman’s husband or boyfriend

sb’s man

She spent five years waiting for her man to come out of prison.

10 . the man spoken

a) used to talk about a man you dislike, a man who has done something stupid etc:

Don’t listen to him – the man’s a complete idiot.

b) The Man American English old-fashioned someone who has authority over you, especially a police officer

11 . sb’s your man spoken used to say that a particular man is the best person for a job, situation etc:

If you need repairs done in the house, Brian’s your man.

12 . you da man! you’re the man! American English spoken used to praise someone for having done something well

13 . our man spoken used by the police to refer to a man that they are watching or trying to find, especially because they think he is responsible for a crime:

Gareth couldn’t possibly be our man. He couldn’t possibly be a murderer.

Perhaps our man parked his car at the station and took the train.

14 . our man in/at something a man who is the representative of a country or organization in a particular place:

our man in Rome

a report on the accident from our man at the scene

15 . men in (grey) suits informal the men who control businesses, organizations etc, considered as a group, especially when you think they are boring

16 . a man of his word a man you can trust, who will do what he has promised to do:

He had promised to help, and Sally knew that Dr Neil was a man of his word.

17 . a man of few words a man who does not talk very much:

Being a man of few words, his message was short and to the point.

18 . be your own man to behave and think independently without worrying about what other people think:

I’m my own man. I say what I believe.

19 . the man of the moment/hour/year a man who has recently done something important:

Olson was the man of the hour when the team beat the Tigers.

20 . it’s every man for himself spoken used to say that people will not help each other:

In journalism it’s every man for himself.

21 . the man in the street ( also the man on the Clapham omnibus British English old-fashioned ) the average man or the average person SYN Joe Bloggs/Schmo :

This kind of music doesn’t appeal to the man in the street.

22 . a man of the people a man who understands and expresses the views and opinions of ordinary people:

The prime minister is a man of the people.

23 . a man’s man a man who enjoys being with other men and doing sports and activities with them, and is popular with men rather than women:

He enjoyed his reputation as a man’s man, but was careful never to neglect his family.

24 . a ladies’ man a man who is popular with women and who likes to go out with a lot of different women:

Paul likes to think he’s a bit of a ladies’ man.

25 . man and boy British English if a man has done something man and boy, he has done it all his life:

I’ve worked on that farm man and boy.

26 . man and wife if a man and a woman are man and wife, they are married:

I now pronounce you man and wife (=you are now officially married) .

27 . live as man and wife if a man and a woman live as man and wife, they live together as if they are married, although they are not

28 . as one man written if a group of people do something as one man, they do it together:

The audience rose as one man to applaud the singers.

29 . to a man/to the last man written used to say that all the men in a group do something or have a particular quality:

They were socialists to a man.

30 . man-about-town a rich man who goes out a lot to parties, clubs, theatres etc:

In his designer suit and shiny shoes he looked quite the man about town.

31 . man of God/man of the cloth a priest:

You’d believe a man of the cloth, wouldn’t you?

32 . my (good) man British English old-fashioned spoken used when talking to someone of a lower social class – do not use this phrase:

My good man, I really don’t think you should be here.

33 . my man spoken used by some men to greet a friend:

Jason, my man! How’s it going?

34 . your/yer man spoken used to talk about a particular man – used mainly in Ireland:

I’ve got to go and see yer man this afternoon.

35 . SERVANT [countable] old-fashioned a male servant:

My man will drive you to the station.

36 . GAME [countable] one of the pieces you use in a game such as ↑ chess

37 . every man jack old-fashioned each person in a group:

Spies, every man jack of them, I’d bet.

38 . kick/hit a man when he’s down to treat someone badly when you know that they already have problems:

Most of his rivals couldn’t resist kicking a man when he was down.

39 . man’s best friend a dog

40 . the man of the house the most important male member of a family, who is responsible for doing things such as paying bills, making important decisions etc:

Since my father’s death, my uncle was the man of the house.

⇨ ↑ best man , ↑ man-to-man , ↑ New Man , ↑ old man , ⇨ be a man/woman of the world at ↑ world 1 (21)

• • •

THESAURUS

▪ man an adult male human:

a young man

|

Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest.

▪ guy ( also bloke/chap British English ) informal a man:

She’d arranged to meet a guy in the bar.

|

Alex is a really nice bloke.

▪ gentleman formal a man – used as a very polite way of talking about a man:

an elderly gentleman

|

Please could you serve this gentleman?

▪ boy a young male person, usually a child or a teenager:

a teenage boy

▪ lad old-fashioned informal a boy or young man:

When I was a young lad, I wanted to join the army.

▪ youth a teenage boy or young man – used especially in news reports to show disapproval:

Gangs of youths roam the streets.

▪ male formal a man – used especially by the police or in science and research contexts. The adjective male is much more common than the noun:

We are investigating the death of an unidentified male.

|

The condition is usually found only in males.

▪ dude American English informal a man - a very informal use:

You could tell there was something creepy going on with that dude.

■ relating to men

▪ male adjective a male teacher, singer etc is a man. Male jobs are the kind of jobs that men typically do:

Most science teachers are male.

|

a male nurse

|

We are trying to recruit more women to do traditionally male jobs such as engineering.

▪ masculine considered to be more typical of a man than of a woman:

He had a very masculine face.

|

masculine aggression

▪ manly having the qualities that people expect and admire in a man, such as being brave and strong:

He took off his shirt, revealing his manly chest.

|

It isn’t considered manly to cry.

|

In the portrait, the King looked manly and in control.

|

He was bronzed and athletic, with manly features and a steady gaze.

▪ macho behaving in a way that is traditionally typical of men, for example by being strong and tough and not showing your feelings – used especially either humorously or to show disapproval:

On the outside he may seem to be very macho but inside he’s very sensitive.

|

Stallone always plays macho men.

|

He’s far too macho to drink mineral water.

II. man 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle manned , present participle manning ) [transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ man , ↑ manhood , ↑ mankind ; adjective : ↑ manly ≠ ↑ unmanly , manned ≠ ↑ unmanned , ↑ mannish ; verb : ↑ man ; adverb : ↑ manfully ]

to work at, use, or operate a system, piece of equipment etc:

A team of volunteers are manning the phones.

the first manned spacecraft

III. man 3 BrE AmE interjection especially American English

used to emphasize what you are saying, especially when you are angry, surprised, disappointed etc:

Man, that was a lucky escape!

Oh, man! I can hear the bullets.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.