Sir James (“the Black Douglas”) 1286–1330, Scottish military leader.
James, 2nd Earl of, 1358?–88, Scottish military leader.
Kirk (Issur Danielovitch Demsky) born 1916, U.S. actor.
Lloyd C(assel)
[kas-uh l] /ˈkæs əl/ (Show IPA), 1877–1951, U.S. novelist and clergyman.
Michael, born 1944, U.S. actor and producer (son of Kirk Douglas).
Stephen A(rnold) 1813–61, U.S. political leader and statesman.
William O(rville)
[awr-vil] /ˈɔr vɪl/ (Show IPA), 1898–1980, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1939–75.
a city on and the capital of the Isle of Man: resort.
a city in SE Arizona.
a town in central Georgia.
a male given name: from a Scottish word meaning “black water.”.
Isle of, an island of the British Isles, in the Irish Sea. 227 sq. mi. (588 sq. km).
Capital: Douglas.
Contemporary Examples

Romney, Obama, and the Hidden Issue of 2012 Doug Schoen, Jessica Tarlov July 23, 2012
Pet Lovers: the HSUS isn’t for You Justin Green October 17, 2012
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Settles With Maid: How the Case Changed France Christopher Dickey December 10, 2012
The Internet Mob’s Porn Bomb Douglas Rushkoff January 9, 2010
The Facebook Movie’s Bizarre Casting Move Samuel P. Jacobs August 18, 2010

Historical Examples

Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10) John Gibson Lockhart
Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
The Power of Faith Isabella Graham

a town and resort on the Isle of Man, capital of the island, on the E coast. Pop: 25 347 (2001)
C(lifford) H(ugh). 1879–1952, British economist, who originated the theory of social credit
Gavin. ?1474–1522, Scottish poet, the first British translator of the Aeneid
Keith (Castellain). 1920–44, British poet, noted for his poems of World War II: killed in action
Michael K(irk). born 1944, US film actor; his films include Romancing the Stone (1984), Wall Street (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), and Wonder Boys (2000)
(George) Norman. 1868–1952, British writer, esp of books on southern Italy such as South Wind (1917)
Tommy, full name Thomas Clement Douglas (1904–86). Canadian statesman: premier of Saskatchewan 1944–61
noun (pl) men (mɛn)
an adult male human being, as distinguished from a woman
(modifier) male; masculine: a man child
(archaic) a human being regardless of sex or age, considered as a representative of mankind; a person
(sometimes capital) human beings collectively; mankind: the development of man
Also called modern man

a member of any of the living races of Homo sapiens, characterized by erect bipedal posture, a highly developed brain, and powers of articulate speech, abstract reasoning, and imagination
any extinct member of the species Homo sapiens, such as Cro-Magnon man

a member of any of the extinct species of the genus Homo, such as Java man, Heidelberg man, and Solo man
an adult male human being with qualities associated with the male, such as courage or virility: be a man
manly qualities or virtues: the man in him was outraged

a subordinate, servant, or employee contrasted with an employer or manager
(in combination): the number of man-days required to complete a job

(usually pl) a member of the armed forces who does not hold commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned rank (as in the phrase officers and men)
a member of a group, team, etc
a husband, boyfriend, etc: man and wife
an expression used parenthetically to indicate an informal relationship between speaker and hearer
a movable piece in various games, such as draughts
(South African, slang) any person: used as a term of address
a vassal of a feudal lord
as one man, with unanimous action or response
be one’s own man, to be independent or free
he’s your man, he’s the person needed (for a particular task, role, job, etc)
man and boy, from childhood
sort out the men from the boys, separate the men from the boys, to separate the experienced from the inexperienced
to a man

without exception: they were slaughtered to a man

(informal) an exclamation or expletive, often indicating surprise or pleasure
verb (transitive) mans, manning, manned
to provide with sufficient people for operation, defence, etc: to man the phones
to take one’s place at or near in readiness for action
(falconry) to induce (a hawk or falcon) to endure the presence of and handling by man, esp strangers
noun (sometimes not capital) (US) the Man
(Black slang) a White man or White men collectively, esp when in authority, in the police, or held in contempt
(slang) a drug peddler
Isle of Man, an island in the British Isles, in the Irish Sea between Cumbria and Northern Ireland: a UK Crown Dependency (but not part of the United Kingdom), with its own ancient parliament, the Court of Tynwald; a dependency of Norway until 1266, when for a time it came under Scottish rule; its own language, Manx, became extinct in the 19th century but has been revived to some extent. Capital: Douglas. Pop: 86 159 (2013 est). Area: 588 sq km (227 sq miles)

So I am as he that seythe, `Come hyddr John, my man.’ [1473]

Sense of “adult male” is late (c.1000); Old English used wer and wif to distinguish the sexes, but wer began to disappear late 13c. and was replaced by man. Universal sense of the word remains in mankind and manslaughter. Similarly, Latin had homo “human being” and vir “adult male human being,” but they merged in Vulgar Latin, with homo extended to both senses. A like evolution took place in Slavic languages, and in some of them the word has narrowed to mean “husband.” PIE had two stems: *uiHro “freeman” (cf. Sanskrit vira-, Lithuanian vyras, Latin vir, Old Irish fer, Gothic wair) and *hner “man,” a title more of honor than *uiHro (cf. Sanskrit nar-, Armenian ayr, Welsh ner, Greek aner).

MAN TRAP. A woman’s commodity. [“Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence,” London, 1811]

Man also was in Old English as an indefinite pronoun, “one, people, they.” The chess pieces so called from c.1400. As an interjection of surprise or emphasis, first recorded c.1400, but especially popular from early 20c. Man-about-town is from 1734; the Man “the boss” is from 1918. To be man or mouse “be brave or be timid” is from 1540s. Men’s Liberation first attested 1970.

At the kinges court, my brother, Ech man for himself. [Chaucer, “Knight’s Tale,” c.1386]


Any man in authority; boss, his nibs:See the guy in front? That’s the man (1918+)
A police officer, detective, prison guard, etc; the HEAT: Careful, here’s the man (1960s+ Narcotics & underworld)
A supplier of narcotics; dealer (1960s+ Narcotics)
A white man; the white establishment: a super nigger who spends his life trying to prove he’s as good as the Man/ That’s what ”the man” wants you to do—to riot, so he can shoot you down (1963+ Black)

Metropolitan Area Network
Ringway International Airport (Manchester, England)

man about town
man in the street
man of few words
man of his word
man of the moment
man of the world


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