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spoken English37.53%written English62.47% conversational speech44.02%task-oriented speech55.98% imaginative writing71.37%informational writing28.63%
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Man is sometimes a misspelling of man's or men.

The word man is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun man

What does man mean as a name of something?

Man is the 5th most common noun in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • man: men
  • Man: -

  1. an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  2. someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
  3. the generic use of the word to refer to any human being
  4. any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
  5. a male subordinate
  6. an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)
    • example: the army will make a man of you
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic terms: male / male person = a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
  7. a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
  8. a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman
    • example: she takes good care of her man
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • antonym: woman
    • more generic terms: lover = a significant other to whom you are not related by marriage; male / male person = a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies
  9. game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of man: piece
    • more generic term: game equipment = equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
    • more specific terms:
      • black = the darker pieces
      • checker / chequer = one of the flat round pieces used in playing the game of checkers
      • chess piece / chessman = any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess
      • tile = game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.
      • white = the lighter pieces
  10. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

Alternative definition of the noun man


  1. [context: collective] All humans collectively; mankind, humankind. Also Man.
  2. An abstract person; a person of either gender, usually an adult.
  3. An adult male human.
  4. A mensch; a person of integrity and honor.
  5. A piece or token used in board games such as chess.
  6. A person, often male, with duties or skills associated with a specified thing.
  7. A person, usually male, who is extremely fond of or devoted to a specified type of thing.


  1. Metropolitan Area Network; a large computer network usually spanning a city.

Definition of the verb man

What does man mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: manned, manning

  1. take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: do work / work = be employed
  2. provide with workers
    • example: We cannot man all the desks
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: staff = provide with staff
    • more specific word: crew = serve as a crew member on

Other definitions of man

What does man also mean?


  1. An interjection used to place emphasis upon something or someone.


  1. Manitoba, a province of Canada


  1. Man a.k.a. Manchester Airport, is an international airport in Ringway, Manchester, England. In 2013, it was third busiest airport in the United Kingdom in terms of passenger numbers, and the 21st busiest airport in Europe. Manchester Airport is the largest outside the London region with over double the passengers of the next non-London airport, Edinburgh Airport. A Category 10 airport, Manchester Airport provides flights to around 225 destinations – more than any other airport in the United Kingdom. The airport comprises three terminals, a goods terminal and is the only British airport other than London's Heathrow Airport to operate two runways over 3,280 yd in length. The airport covers an area of 1,440 acres.
  2. Man is a town in Man Department in the west of central Ivory Coast.
    • also known as Man, Cote d'Ivoire; Man, Côte d'Ivoire; Man, Ivory Coast
    • part of Côte d’Ivoire
  3. Man is a town in Logan County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 759 at the 2010 census. The town is located along the Guyandotte River at the mouth of Buffalo Creek, which was the site of the 1972 Buffalo Creek Flood following a dam collapse. The name of the town reportedly derives from the last syllable of the surname of Ulysses Hinchman, who was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from Logan County between 1866 and 1869.

There are other places with in their name, like Man Aw, Man Ho, Man Na, Man Pu, Man-ho, Na`man, Man Hpa, Man The, Man Yut, Iron Man, iron-man, Long Man, Man Bung, Man Kang, Man Kham, Man Wein, Iron: Man, Man Naung, Ho-man Tin and Man engine.


Who is Man?

Man a.k.a. Arthur Agee: Arthur "Man" Agee, Jr. is one of two Chicago-area high school basketball players whose lives were chronicled in the 1994 Kartemquin Films documentary, Hoop Dreams.


  1. Man are a rock band from South Wales whose style is a mixture of West Coast psychedelia, progressive rock, blues and pub rock. Formed in 1968 as a reincarnation of Welsh rock harmony group ‘’The Bystanders’’, Man are renowned for the extended jams in their live performances.
    • members:
    • genres: Progressive rock, Pub rock, Pub rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock
    • albums: "2 Ozs of Plastic With a Hole in the Middle", "Slow Motion", "Maximum Darkness", "Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics", "Welsh Connection", "Revelation", "Live", "Live at the Padget Rooms, Penarth on 8th April, 1972", "Diamonds and Coal", "Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In?", "Man Alive", "Friday 13th", "Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day", "Man", "Back into the Future", "The Twang Dynasty", "Call Down the Moon", "All's Well That Ends Well", "Undrugged", "1998 at the Star Club", "Kingdom of Noise", "Endangered Species", "Live at the Rex", "The Early Years", "Keep On Crinting": The Liberty/UA Years Anthology", "Man 1994 Official Bootleg", "Perfect Timing the U.A. Years"
    • official website:
  2. Man is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like H-Man, No Man, No-Man, Car-Man, Man Man, Man Ray, Man&Man, Tin Man, dead-man, Half Man, Iron Man, iron-man, Man Made, Man Raze, Man-Made, Man-Raze, The Man!, Early Man, Iron: Man.


MAN Truck & Bus is a make of automobile produced by MAN Truck & Bus AG.


  1. Man is a fictional character from the 2011 drama film Come Rain, Come Shine.
  2. Man is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Road.
  3. Man is a fictional character from the 2012 film L.
  4. Man is a fictional character from the 2012 film 10th Day.
  5. Man is a fictional character from the 2012 film Cavo D'Oro.
  6. Man is a fictional character from the 2007 film Correction.
  7. Man is a fictional film character.
  8. Man is a fictional character in the 2010 work Hoa vàng trên cỏ xanh written by Nguyen Nhat Anh.
  9. Man is a fictional character from the 2011 film Night Fishing.

There are other characters with in their name, like 8 Man, A Man, A-MAN, E MAN, E-Man, G-Man, J Man, man 1, Man a, Man's, U-Man, V-Man, X-man, Z-Man, He Man, He-Man, Hu-Man, Ip Man, man #3 and Man Ho.


  1. "Man" is the third solo album by Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, released in 1996. The first single, "7 Seconds" was released two years earlier and was a duet with Youssou N'Dour, a famous Senegalese singer who helped make the musical style mbalax popular in Africa. Cherry was nominated for a Grammy in 1994 for the duet.
  2. "Man": Man is the third studio album by the Welsh psychedelic/progressive rock band Man and was released March 1971. It was the first album by this line-up, Terry Williams having replaced Jeff Jones on drums, while Martin Ace replaced Ray Williams on bass.
  3. "Man" is an album from British musician Francis Dunnery, released in 2001. It saw Francis experimenting with new sounds, most notably programmed drum beats - a departure from what had been the norm in his studio work up to this point. Vocalist/keyboardist Erin Moran features heavily on the album.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "MAN" is a musical album of Kan.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  5. "Man" is a musical album of Park Ji-yoon.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  6. "Man" is a composition.
  7. "Man" is a musical album of Divide the Sea.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  8. "Man" is a musical album of Budam.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  9. "Man" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  10. "Man" is a composition.
  11. "Man" is a musical album of Hack.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  12. "Man" a.k.a. "Män" is a musical EP of Mart Hällgren.
    • released in (27 years ago)
  13. "MAN" is a musical album of Power Station.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  14. "Man" is a composition.
  15. "Man" is a musical album of Bhayanak Maut.
  16. "Man" is a composition.


"Man" is a book by Arnold Gehlen.

  • also known as "Man, his nature and place in the world"


  1. "Man" a.k.a. "The Man" is a 2005 comedy crime film starring Eugene Levy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Miguel Ferrer.
  2. "Man" a.k.a. "Insaan" is a 1982 Indian Bollywood film directed by Narendra Bedi and produced by Ved Khanna. It stars Jeetendra, Vinod Khanna and Reena Roy in pivotal roles.
  3. "Man" is a 2013 short drama film written by Dave Christison and directed by Richard Hughes.
  4. "Man" is a 2008 short film directed by Myna Joseph.
  5. "Man" a.k.a. "Man?" is a film, directed by Yeo Gyun-Dong.


  1. Man: A man is a male human. The term man is usually reserved for an adult male, with the term boy being the usual term for a male child or adolescent. However, the term man is also sometimes used to identify a male human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as "men's basketball".
  2. MAN a.k.a. Mannitol is a white, crystalline solid that looks and tastes sweet like sucrose. It was originally isolated from the secretions of the flowering ash and called manna after its resemblance to the Biblical food. In plants it is used to induce osmotic stress. Mannitol has several industrial uses, but is mainly used to produce tablets of medicine. Its fetal safety is "C" in Briggs' Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk. Mannitol is classified as a sugar alcohol; that is, it is derived from a sugar by reduction. Other sugar alcohols include xylitol and sorbitol. Mannitol and sorbitol are isomers, the only difference being the orientation of the hydroxyl group on carbon 2.
  3. Man: In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth books, such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the terms Man and Men refer to humankind – in contrast to Elves, Dwarves, Orcs and other humanoid races – and does not denote gender.
    • also known as 人類
  4. man a.k.a. man page: A man page is a form of online software documentation usually found on a Unix or Unix-like operating system. Topics covered include computer programs, formal standards and conventions, and even abstract concepts. A user may invoke a man page by issuing the man command.
  5. Man: The term man and words derived from it can designate any or even all of the human race regardless of their sex or age. The word developed into Old English man, mann meaning primarily "adult male human" but secondarily capable of designating a person of unspecified gender, "someone, one" or humanity at large.
  6. Man a.k.a. The Manding languages are mutually intelligible dialects or languages in West Africa of the Mande family. Their best-known members are Bambara, the most widely spoken language in Mali; Mandinka, the main language of Gambia; Maninka or Malinké, a major language of Guinea; and Dyula, a trade language of the northern Ivory Coast and western Burkina Faso.
  7. Man a.k.a. The Iu Mien language is one of the main languages spoken by the Yao people in China, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and, more recently, the United States in diaspora. Like other Hmong-Mien languages, it is tonal and monosyllabic.
  8. MAN a.k.a. M.A.N. is a musical artist, record producer.
  9. MAN a.k.a. D-Mannose: A hexose or fermentable monosaccharide and isomer of glucose from manna, the ash Fraxinus ornus and related plants.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Man

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Google previewSummulae de Dialectica (2001)

by Jean Buridan, Gyula Klima

The first consists of two universal affirmatives concluding to a particular affirmative, for example, 'Every man is a substance; every man is an animal; therefore, some animal is a substance';. And it is reduced to the third mode of the first figure by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Terrorist, Natural, and Man-Made Disasters (2006)

by Michael I. Greenberg

June 1990: Alaska An Alaskan Native American man died after consuming butter clams ...

Google previewThe Business Man's Encyclopedia: a Hip-pocket Business Counsellor-- ...: 1. Business law. 2. Business methods. [4], 156 p. illus (1905)

A man may be told nearly anything face to face — it is qualified by the bearing, tone of voice, manner and earnestness of the speaker. A sentence may be given an entirely different meaning by a tone or gesture — it may even be diplomatically ...

Google previewThe Newest Young Man's Companion, Containing a Compendious English Grammar, Instructions to Write Variety of Hands ... Letters ... Forms of Indentures, Wills, Testaments ... &c Arithmetic and Book-keeping ... a Compendium of Geography ... the Management of Horses ... the Art of Painting ... and an English Spelling Dictionary ... Illustrated with a Map of the World ... The Sixth Edition, Greatly Enlarged and Improved (1766)

by Thomas Wise (Accountant)

copies for writing: A o man governs with ease, and is obey'd with plea. ure - A coveteous man is always in want Add to your faith, virtue, and to virtue, knowledge A prudent man values content more than riches A virtuous mind is rather ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

MAN, in the Word, sig. intelligence and wisdom derived from the Word, and intelligence and wisdom derived from the...

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Usage statistics about man

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Usage statistics for the noun man:

spoken English37.53%written English62.47% conversational speech44.02%task-oriented speech55.98% imaginative writing71.37%informational writing28.63%

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Quotes about Man

No difference man and man
No difference poem and poem.
Poet is a stone cutter
Man is a stone eater.
Do not cut the world, my dear man
Have a poem in your hand.
Poem teach you love
Love bind you together.
Love love love love
Man man man man. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of M3A1N1

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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