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

      

    male

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//meɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//meɪl//
     
     
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  1. 1  (abbreviation m) belonging to the sex that does not give birth to babies; connected with this sex a male bird All the attackers were male, aged between 25 and 30. a male nurse/model/colleague male attitudes to women male bonding (= the act of forming close friendships between men) the male menopause (= emotional and physical problems that affect some men at about the age of 50) compare masculine
  2. 2(biology) (of most plants) producing pollen a male flower
  3. 3(specialist) (of electrical plugs, parts of tools, etc.) having a part that sticks out which is designed to fit into a hole, socket, etc. compare female
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French masle, from Latin masculus, from mas ‘a male’.Extra examples He nodded with a peculiarly male satisfaction at her capitulation. I had grown up in a very male environment. That was a very male way of dealing with things. The club is an exclusively male preserve. The workforce is predominantly male. an essentially male Western view of progress traditionally male interests
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