Definition of virile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɪraɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪrəl//
    (usually approving)
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  1. 1(of men) strong and full of energy, especially sexual energy
  2. 2having or showing the strength and energy that is considered typical of men a virile performance virile athleticism
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘characteristic of a man’): from French viril or Latin virilis, from vir ‘man’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: virile