A man is a boy who grew up: an adult male. Man has hundreds of other meanings too, most of them guy-related.

In addition to being the male equivalent of a woman, the word man has many meanings in English. Not long ago, man used to mean the same thing as people, as in humanity or mankind. Baseball teams want to get a man on base. Manning up is showing courage. Manning a business is providing workers for that business, including someone to man the phones. In a game like Monopoly, your piece is your man. Also, a common greeting is "Hey, man!"

Primary Meanings of man

an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
provide with workers
Full Definitions of man

n an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

“there were two women and six men on the bus”
adult male
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
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(Old Testament) in Judeo-Christian mythology; the first man and the husband of Eve and the progenitor of the human race
(Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and was exiled by God
(Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain
(Old Testament) third son of Adam and Eve; given by God in place of the murdered Abel
(Old Testament) son of Noah
(Old Testament) son of Noah
(Old Testament) eldest son of Noah
George Bryan Brummell
English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
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Black man
a man who is Black
white man
a man who is White
baboo, babu
used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
bachelor, unmarried man
a man who has never been married
(formerly) a title of respect for a man in Turkey or Egypt
a friendly informal reference to a grown man
beau, boyfriend, fellow, swain, young man
a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
a man who is no longer a woman's boyfriend
Samson, bruiser, bull, strapper
a large and strong and heavyset man
beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, swell
a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
Esq, Esquire
a title of respect for a member of the English gentry ranking just below a knight; placed after the name
castrate, eunuch
a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction
father figure, father surrogate
a man who takes over all the functions of the real father
a man (often a powerful or influential man) who arouses emotions usually felt for your real father and with whom you identify psychologically
buster, dude, fellow
an informal form of address for a man
a disreputable or clumsy person
a man who is (usually) old and/or eccentric
a man of refinement
divorced man, grass widower
a man who is divorced from (or separated from) his wife
bozo, cat, guy, hombre
an informal term for a youth or man
a German man; used before the name as a title equivalent to Mr in English
Hooray Henry
a lively and ineffectual upper-class young man
a man in charge of children in an institution
a well-built, attractive man
ex, ex-husband
a man who was formerly a certain woman's husband
a man with whom you are in love or have an intimate relationship
iron man, ironman
a strong man of exceptional physical endurance
a man of great strength or bravery
any handsome young man
middle-aged man
a man who is roughly between 45 and 65 years old
used as a French courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'
old boy, old man
a familiar term of address for a man
Methuselah, graybeard, greybeard, old man
a man who is very old
paterfamilias, patriarch
the male head of family or tribe
Peter Pan
a boyish or immature man; after the boy in Barrie's play who never grows up
a man who is effeminate in his manner and fussy in the way he dresses
an able-bodied man serving as a member of a posse
a Portuguese title of respect; equivalent to English `Mr'
an adult male who shaves
signior, signor
used as an Italian courtesy title; can be prefixed to the name or used separately
an Italian title of respect for a man; equivalent to the English `sir'; used separately (not prefixed to his name)
term of address for a man
an ordinary man
he-man, macho-man, stud
a man who is virile and sexually active
(sometimes used ironically) a man of great strength and agility (after the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
widower, widowman
a man whose wife is dead especially one who has not remarried
philanderer, womaniser, womanizer
a man who likes many women and has short sexual relationships with them
golden boy, wonder boy
a man who is unusually successful at an early age
young buck, young man
a teenager or a young adult male
soul brother
a fellow Black man
broth of a boy, broth of a man
an outstanding person; as if produced by boiling down a savory broth
any man noted for his amorous adventures
codger, old codger
used affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man
cockscomb, coxcomb
a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
dirty old man
a middle-aged man with lecherous inclinations
a Spanish gentleman or nobleman
Don Juan
any successful womanizer (after the legendary profligate Spanish nobleman)
foster father, foster-father
a man who is a foster parent
informal abbreviation of `gentleman'
one of 40 gentlemen who attend the British sovereign on state occasions
good ol' boy, good old boy, good ole boy
a white male Southerner with an unpretentious convivial manner and conservative or intolerant attitudes and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group
a successful womanizer; a man who behaves selfishly in his sexual relationships with women
a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
antique, gaffer, old geezer, old-timer, oldtimer
an elderly man
one of the boys
a man who has been socially accepted into a group of other men
a man who is older and higher in rank than yourself
an informal British term for a youth or man
squaw man
a white man married to a North American Indian woman
the husband of your mother by a subsequent marriage
masher, skirt chaser, wolf, woman chaser
a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women
Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward
male, male person
a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies

n an adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent)

“the army will make a man of you”
Type of:
male, male person
a person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies

n a male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman

“she takes good care of her man
a female person who plays a significant role (wife or mistress or girlfriend) in the life of a particular man
Type of:
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

n someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force

“two men stood sentry duty”
military man, military personnel, serviceman
a nonmilitary citizen
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Ethan Allen
a soldier of the American Revolution whose troops helped capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British (1738-1789)
Chevalier de Bayard
French soldier said to be fearless and chivalrous (1473-1524)
Cesare Borgia
Italian cardinal and military leader; model for Machiavelli's prince (1475-1507)
Richard Evelyn Byrd
explorer and United States naval officer; led expeditions to explore Antarctica (1888-1957)
Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac
a French soldier and dramatist remembered chiefly for fighting many duels (often over the size of his nose); was immortalized in 1897 in a play by Edmond Rostand (1619-1655)
Stephen Decatur
United States naval officer remembered for his heroic deeds (1779-1820)
Admiral Dewey
a United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War
Alfred Dreyfus
French army officer of Jewish descent whose false imprisonment for treason in 1894 raised issues of anti-Semitism that dominated French politics until his release in 1906 (1859-1935)
David Glasgow Farragut
United States admiral who commanded Union ships during the American Civil War (1801-1870)
Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson
United States writer and soldier who led the first Black regiment in the Union Army (1823-1911)
Isaac Hull
United States naval officer who commanded the `Constitution' during the War of 1812 and won a series of brilliant victories against the British (1773-1843)
John Paul Jones
American naval commander in the American Revolution (1747-1792)
Tadeusz Andrzej Bonawentura Kosciuszko
Polish patriot and soldier who fought with Americans in the American Revolution (1746-1817)
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier
French soldier who served under George Washington in the American Revolution (1757-1834)
Thomas Edward Lawrence
Welsh soldier who from 1916 to 1918 organized the Arab revolt against the Turks; he later wrote an account of his adventures (1888-1935)
Lighthorse Harry Lee
soldier of the American Revolution (1756-1818)
Alfred Thayer Mahan
United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)
Mohammed Ali
Albanian soldier in the service of Turkey who was made viceroy of Egypt and took control away from the Ottoman Empire and established Egypt as a modern state (1769-1849)
Daniel Morgan
soldier in the American Revolution who defeated the British in the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina (1736-1802)
Chester William Nimitz
United States admiral of the Pacific fleet during World War II who used aircraft carriers to destroy the Japanese navy (1885-1966)
Sir Henry Percy
English soldier killed in a rebellion against Henry IV (1364-1403)
Juan Domingo Peron
Argentine soldier who became president of Argentina (1895-1974)
Matthew Calbraith Perry
United States admiral who led a naval expedition to Japan and signed a treaty in 1854 opening up trade relations between United States and Japan; brother of Oliver Hazard Perry (1794-1858)
Hyman George Rickover
United States admiral who advocated the development of nuclear submarines (1900-1986)
Jan Christian Smuts
South African statesman and soldier (1870-1950)
Norman leader in the First Crusade who played an important role in the capture of Jerusalem (1078-1112)
Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding
British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)
Sir Arthur Travers Harris
British marshal of the Royal Air Force; during World War II he directed mass bombing raids against German cities that resulted in heavy civilian casualties (1892-1984)
Duc d'Elchingen
French marshal in the Napoleonic Wars (1769-1815)
Oliver Hazard Perry
United States commodore who led the fleet that defeated the British on Lake Erie during the War of 1812; brother of Matthew Calbraith Perry (1785-1819)
Hermann Maurice Saxe
a French marshal who distinguished himself in the War of the Austrian Succession (1696-1750)
Gnaeus Julius Agricola
Roman general who was governor of Britain and extended Roman rule north to the Firth of Forth (37-93)
ancient Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War (circa 450-404 BC)
Antigonus Cyclops
a general of Alexander the Great and king of Macedonia; lost one eye; killed in a battle at Ipsus (382-301 BC)
Marcus Antonius
Roman general under Julius Caesar in the Gallic wars; repudiated his wife for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; they were defeated by Octavian at Actium (83-30 BC)
Benedict Arnold
United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
Byzantine general under Justinian I; he recovered former Roman territories in northern Africa and fought against the Persians
(Old Testament) Babylonian general and son of Nebuchadnezzar II; according to the Old Testament he was warned of his doom by divine handwriting on the wall that was interpreted by Daniel (6th century BC)
Captain Bligh
British admiral; was captain of the H.M.S. Bounty in 1789 when part of the crew mutinied and set him afloat in an open boat; a few weeks later he arrived safely in Timor 4,000 miles away (1754-1817)
El Libertador
Venezuelan statesman who led the revolt of South American colonies against Spanish rule; founded Bolivia in 1825 (1783-1830)
Omar Nelson Bradley
United States general who played an important role in the Allied victory in World War II (1893-1981)
Braxton Bragg
Confederate general during the American Civil War who was defeated by Grant in the battle of Chattanooga (1817-1876)
Gentleman Johnny
British general in the American Revolution who captured Fort Ticonderoga but lost the battle of Saratoga in 1777 (1722-1792)
Ambrose Everett Burnside
United States general in the American Civil War who was defeated by Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg (1824-1881)
Gaius Julius Caesar
conqueror of Gaul and master of Italy (100-44 BC)
Chiang Chung-cheng
Chinese military and political figure; in the Chinese civil war that followed World War II he was defeated by the Chinese communists and in 1949 was forced to withdraw to Taiwan where he served as president of Nationalist China until his death (1897-1975)
First Duke of Marlborough
English general considered one of the greatest generals in history (1650-1722)
Mark Wayne Clark
United States general who was Allied commander in Africa and Italy in World War II and was commander of the United Nations forces in Korea (1896-1984)
Karl von Clausewitz
Prussian general and military theorist who proposed a doctrine of total war and war as an extension of diplomacy (1780-1831)
Lucius DuBignon Clay
United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)
Baron Clive of Plassey
British general and statesman whose victory at Plassey in 1757 strengthened British control of India (1725-1774)
First Marquess Cornwallis
commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)
Oliver Cromwell
English general and statesman who led the parliamentary army in the English Civil War (1599-1658)
Butcher Cumberland
English general; son of George II; fought unsuccessfully in the battle of Fontenoy (1721-1765)
George Armstrong Custer
United States general who was killed along with all his command by the Sioux at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1839-1876)
Moshe Dayan
Israeli general and statesman (1915-1981)
Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle
French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)
Demetrius Poliorcetes
son of Antigonus Cyclops and king of Macedonia; he and his father were defeated at the battle of Ipsus (337-283 BC)
James Harold Doolittle
United States Air Force officer who electrified the world in 1942 by leading a squadron of 16 bombers on a daylight raid over Tokyo (1896-1993)
Sir Francis Drake
English explorer and admiral who was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe and who helped to defeat the Spanish Armada (1540-1596)
Dwight David Eisenhower
United States general who supervised the invasion of Normandy and the defeat of Nazi Germany; 34th President of the United States (1890-1961)
Prince Eugene of Savoy
Austrian general in the service of the Holy Roman Empire during the War of the Spanish Succession (1663-1736)
Gaius Flaminius
Roman statesman and general who built the Flaminian Way; died when he was defeated by Hannibal (died 217 BC)
Francisco Franco
Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death (1892-1975)
Giuseppe Garibaldi
Italian patriot whose conquest of Sicily and Naples led to the formation of the Italian state (1807-1882)
Ulysses Simpson Grant
18th President of the United States; commander of the Union armies in the American Civil War (1822-1885)
Leslie Richard Groves
United States general who served as military director of the atomic bomb project (1896-1970)
general who commanded the Carthaginian army in the second Punic War; crossed the Alps and defeated the Romans but was recalled to defend Carthage and was defeated (247-182 BC)
general who commanded a Carthaginian army in Spain; joined his brother Hannibal in Italy and was killed by the Romans at the battle of Metaurus River (died 207 BC)
Paul Ludwig von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg
German field marshal and statesman; as president of the Weimar Republic he reluctantly appointed Hitler as chancellor in 1933 (1847-1934)
(Apocrypha) the Assyrian general who was decapitated by the biblical heroine Judith
Fighting Joe Hooker
United States general in the Union Army who was defeated at Chancellorsville by Robert E. Lee (1814-1879)
Samuel Houston
United States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)
Andrew Jackson
7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)
Thomas Jonathan Jackson
general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War whose troops at the first Battle of Bull Run stood like a stone wall (1824-1863)
Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre
French field marshal who commanded the Allied armies in France during World War II (1852-1931)
Joseph Eggleston Johnston
Confederate general in the American Civil War; led the Confederate troops in the West (1807-1891)
Joseph ben Matthias
Jewish general who led the revolt of the Jews against the Romans and then wrote a history of those events (37-100)
First Earl Kitchener of Khartoum
British field marshal (1850-1916)
Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutuzov
Russian field marshal who commanded the Russian opposition to Napoleon (1745-1813)
Robert Edward Lee
American general who led the Confederate Armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870)
Lucius Licinius Lucullus
Roman general famous for self-indulgence and giving lavish banquets (circa 110-57 BC)
Lucius Licinius Luculus
Roman general famous for giving lavish banquets (110-57 BC)
Spartan general who defeated the Athenians in the final battle of the Peloponnesian War (died in 395 BC)
Macedonian general under Alexander the Great; with Seleucus he defeated Antigonus and Demetrius at the battle of Ipsus (circa 355-281 BC)
Douglas MacArthur
United States general who served as chief of staff and commanded Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II; he accepted the surrender of Japan (1880-1964)
George Catlett Marshall
United States general and statesman who as Secretary of State organized the European Recovery Program (1880-1959)
George Gordon Meade
United States general in charge of the Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg (1815-1872)
Athenian general who defeated the Persians at Marathon (540-489)
William Mitchell
United States aviator and general who was an early advocate of military air power (1879-1936)
1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
English general during World War II; won victories over Rommel in North Africa and led British ground forces in the invasion of Normandy (1887-1976)
Napoleon Bonaparte
French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)
Viscount Nelson
English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805)
John Joseph Pershing
United States general who commanded the American forces in Europe during World War I (1860-1948)
George Edward Pickett
American Confederate general known for leading a disastrous charge at Gettysburg (1825-1875)
Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus
Roman general and statesman who quarrelled with Caesar and fled to Egypt where he was murdered (106-48 BC)
Colin luther Powell
United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)
Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur
French general who commanded French troops in the American Revolution, notably at Yorktown (1725-1807)
Erwin Rommel
German field marshal noted for brilliant generalship in North Africa during World War II (1891-1944)
Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt
German field marshal in World War II who directed the conquest of Poland and led the Ardennes counteroffensive (1875-1953)
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
Mexican general who tried to crush the Texas revolt and who lost battles to Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War (1795-1876)
Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major
Roman general who commanded the invasion of Carthage in the second Punic War and defeated Hannibal at Zama (circa 237-183 BC)
Winfield Scott
United States general who was a hero of the War of 1812 and who defeated Santa Anna in the Mexican War (1786-1866)
Seleucus I Nicator
Macedonian general who accompanied Alexander the Great into Asia; founded a line of kings who reigned in Asia Minor until 65 BC (358-281 BC)
William Tecumseh Sherman
United States general who was commander of all Union troops in the West; he captured Atlanta and led a destructive march to the sea that cut the Confederacy in two (1820-1891)
Indian general and nawab of Bengal who opposed the colonization of India by England; he captured Calcutta in 1756 and many of his prisoners suffocated in a crowded room that became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta; he was defeated at the battle of Plassey by a group of Indian nobles in alliance with Robert Clive (1728-1757)
Joseph Warren Stilwell
United States general who commanded the Allied forces in China and Burma and India during World War II (1883-1946)
Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix
Roman general and dictator (138-78 BC)
Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel von Wallenstein
Austrian general who fought for the Hapsburgs during the Thirty Years' War (1583-1634)
President Washington
1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)
Archibald Percival Wavell
British field marshal in North Africa in World War II; he defeated the Italians before being defeated by the Germans (1883-1950)
Mad Anthony Wayne
American general during the American Revolution (1745-1796)
First Duke of Wellington
British general and statesman; he defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; subsequently served as Prime Minister (1769-1852)
Greek general and historian; student of Socrates (430-355 BC)
Isoroku Yamamoto
Japanese admiral who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 (1884-1943)
Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov
Soviet general who during World Warr II directed the counteroffensive at Stalingrad and relieved Leningrad and captured Berlin (1896-1974)
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air force officer, commander
an officer in the airforce
artilleryman, cannoneer, gunner, machine gunner
a serviceman in the artillery
bluejacket, navy man, sailor, sailor boy
a serviceman in the navy
commando, ranger
a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
conscript, draftee, inductee
someone who is drafted into military service
enlisted person
a serviceman who ranks below a commissioned officer
Marine, devil dog, leatherneck, shipboard soldier
a member of the United States Marine Corps
military officer, officer
any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command
a member of the armed forces who does not participate in combat (e.g. a chaplain or surgeon)
a member of a military force who is residing in a conquered foreign country
a serviceman who wears stripes on the uniform to indicate rank or years of service
ex-serviceman, vet, veteran
a person who has served in the armed forces
veteran, veteran soldier
a soldier who has seen considerable active service
military volunteer, voluntary, volunteer
(military) a person who freely enlists for service
adjutant, aide, aide-de-camp
an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
army officer
an officer in the armed forces
brass hat
a high-ranking military officer
chief of staff
the senior officer of a service of the armed forces
a member of a coastguard
commandant, commander, commanding officer
an officer in command of a military unit
commissioned officer
a military officer holding a commission
desk officer
a military officer who is not assigned to active duty
enlisted man
a male enlisted person in the armed forces
enlisted woman
a female enlisted person in the armed forces
executive officer
the officer second in command
inspector general
a military officer responsible for investigations
KP, kitchen police
an enlisted person who is assigned to assist the cooks
a member of the American Legion
military adviser, military advisor
a military officer who serves as an adviser to the troops of an allied nation
naval officer
an officer in the navy
a member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare
enlisted officer, noncom, noncommissioned officer
a military officer appointed from enlisted personnel
an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army
someone receiving intensive training for a naval technical rating
a member of the crew of a submarine
warrant officer
holds rank by virtue of a warrant
Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin, Grigori Potemkin, Grigori Potyokin, Potemkin, Potyokin
a Russian officer and politician who was a favorite of Catherine II and in 1762 helped her to seize power; when she visited the Crimea in 1787 he gave the order for sham villages to be built (1739-1791)
Type of:
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
a worker who has acquired special skills

n a male subordinate

“the chief stationed two men outside the building”
“he awaited word from his man in Havana”
Type of:
foot soldier, subordinate, subsidiary, underling
an assistant subject to the authority or control of another

n a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer

“Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man
gentleman, gentleman's gentleman, valet, valet de chambre
Type of:
body servant
a valet or personal maid
a man servant

n any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

homo, human, human being
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human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, mankind, world
all of the living human inhabitants of the earth
Homo erectus
extinct species of primitive hominid with upright stature but small brain
Homo soloensis
extinct primitive hominid of late Pleistocene; Java; formerly Javanthropus
Homo habilis
extinct species of upright East African hominid having some advanced humanlike characteristics
Homo sapiens
the only surviving hominid; species to which modern man belongs; bipedal primate having language and ability to make and use complex tools; brain volume at least 1400 cc
Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, Neandertal, Neandertal man, Neanderthal, Neanderthal man
extinct robust human of Middle Paleolithic in Europe and western Asia
Homo rhodesiensis, Rhodesian man
a primitive hominid resembling Neanderthal man but living in Africa
Java man, Trinil man
fossil remains found in Java; formerly called Pithecanthropus erectus
Peking man
fossils found near Beijing, China; they were lost during World War II
Solo man
early man of late Pleistocene; skull resembles that of Neanderthal man but with smaller cranial capacity; found in Java
extinct human of Upper Paleolithic in Europe
Boskop man
possible early Homo sapiens represented by a cranium found in the Transvaal; formerly considered a separate species
Homo sapiens sapiens, modern man
subspecies of Homo sapiens; includes all modern races
Type of:
a primate of the family Hominidae

n the generic use of the word to refer to any human being

“it was every man for himself”
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, mankind, world
Type of:
group, grouping
any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
homo, human, human being
any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

n game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games

“he taught me to set up the men on the chess board”
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(board games) 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
game equipment consisting of a flat thin piece marked with characters and used in board games like Mah-Jong, Scrabble, etc.
(board games) the lighter pieces
(chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
castle, rook
(chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard
(chess) the weakest but the most important piece
a checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either forward or backward
horse, knight
a chessman shaped to resemble the head of a horse; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa)
(chess) the least powerful piece; moves only forward and captures only to the side; it can be promoted to a more powerful piece if it reaches the 8th rank
(chess) the most powerful piece
Type of:
game equipment
equipment or apparatus used in playing a game

v provide with workers

“We cannot man all the desks”
“Students were manning the booths”
serve as a crew member on
Type of:
provide with staff

v take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place

“Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning”
Type of:
do work, work
be employed

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