man1 S1 W1 plural men
an adult male human [↪ woman]:
There were two men and a woman in the car.
He's a very kind man.
a man's watch
Don't keep Hansen waiting - he's a busy man.
a man who has the qualities that people think a man should have, such as being brave, strong etc:
strong/brave[countable usually singular]
Come on, be a man now. No more crying.
He wasn't man enough (=strong or brave enough) to face up to his responsibilities.
make a man (out) of somebody (=make a boy or young man start behaving in a confident way)
Running his own business has really made a man out of Terry.
a person, either male or female - used especially in formal situations or in the past:
All men are equal in the eyes of the law.
a man's right to work
people as a group:
This is one of the worst diseases known to man.
the evolution of man
prehistoric/stone-age/modern man (=people who lived at a particular stage of human development)
a) [countable usually plural]
a man who works for an employer:
Why were there no protests from the men at the factory?
b) BO [countable]
a man who does a job for you, especially repairing something:
Has the man been to fix the TV?
gas man/rent man etc
I waited all day for the gas man.
a man who works for a particular company or organization:
Was that the man from the PR agency?
particular kind of man[countable]
a man who comes from a particular place, does a particular kind of work, or is connected with a particular organization, especially a university or company:
I think she married a Belfast man.
I've been a military man all my life.
Even a Harvard man has a lot to learn about politics.
a man who likes, or likes doing, a particular thing:
I'm more of a jazz man myself.
Are you a betting man?
used when speaking to an adult male, especially when you are excited, angry etc:
Stop talking nonsense, man!
used when speaking to someone, especially an adult male:
You look great, man!
a soldier or sailor who is under the authority of an officer:
soldier[countable usually plural]PM
The Captain ordered his men to fire.
a woman's husband or boyfriend
She spent five years waiting for her man to come out of prison.
used to talk about a man you dislike, a man who has done something stupid etc:
Don't listen to him - the man's a complete idiot.
b) American English old-fashioned
someone who has authority over you, especially a police officer
used to say that a particular man is the best person for a job, situation etc:
If you need repairs done in the house, Brian's your man.
12, you're the man! American English spoken
used to praise someone for having done something well
used by the police to refer to a man that they are watching or trying to find, especially because they think he is responsible for a crime:
Gareth couldn't possibly be our man. He couldn't possibly be a murderer.
Perhaps our man parked his car at the station and took the train.
a man who is the representative of a country or organization in a particular place:
our man in Rome
a report on the accident from our man at the scene
the men who control businesses, organizations etc, considered as a group, especially when you think they are boring
a man you can trust, who will do what he has promised to do:
He had promised to help, and Sally knew that Dr Neil was a man of his word.
a man who does not talk very much:
Being a man of few words, his message was short and to the point.
to behave and think independently without worrying about what other people think:
I'm my own man. I say what I believe.
a man who has recently done something important:
Olson was man of the hour when the team beat the Tigers.
used to say that people will not help each other:
In journalism it's every man for himself.
21 the man on the Clapham omnibus British English old-fashioned
the average man or the average person [= Joe Bloggs/Schmo]:
This kind of music doesn't appeal to the man in the street.
a man who understands and expresses the views and opinions of ordinary people:
The prime minister is a man of the people.
a man who enjoys being with other men and doing sports and activities with them, and is popular with men rather than women:
He enjoyed his reputation as a man's man, but was careful never to neglect his family.
a man who is popular with women and who likes to go out with a lot of different women:
Paul likes to think he's a bit of a ladies' man.
25 British English
if a man has done something man and boy, he has done it all his life:
I've worked on that farm man and boy.
if a man and a woman are man and wife, they are married:
I now pronounce you man and wife (=you are now officially married).
if a man and woman live as man and wife, they live together as if they are married, although they are not
if a group of people do something as one man, they do it together:
The audience rose as one man to applaud the singers.
used to say that all the men in a group do something or have a particular quality:
They were socialists to a man.
a rich man who goes out a lot to parties, clubs, theatres etc:
In his designer suit and shiny shoes he looked quite the man about town.
You'd believe a man of the cloth, wouldn't you?
32 British English old-fashioned spoken
used when talking to someone of a lower social class - do not use this phrase:
My good man, I really don't think you should be here.
used by some men to greet a friend:
Jason, my man! How's it going?
used to talk about a particular man - used mainly in Ireland:
I've got to go and see yer man up this afternoon.
a male servant:
My man will drive you to the station.
one of the pieces you use in a game such as chess
each person in a group:
Spies, every man jack of them, I'd bet.
to treat someone badly when you know that they already have problems:
Most of his rivals couldn't resist kicking a man when he was down.
the most important male member of a family, who is responsible for doing things such as paying bills, making important decisions etc:
Since my father's death, my uncle was the man of the house.