male

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Pronunciation[change]

Homophones[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
male

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. If a person, plant, or animal is male, it cannot have babies or produce eggs. Boys and men are male people.
    The male dog is usually larger than the female.
  2. If something is male, it is of, for, or about men or boys.
    The boys can change in the male change room over there.
    This movie is good for a male audience.

Noun[change]

Singular
male

Plural
males

  1. A male is a person, plant, or animal that cannot have babies or eggs.
    In humans males are called men or boys
    Three adult males left the bank at 2:14.

Usage note: Saying male to mean boy or man is right and common in some dialects. In other dialects male is used only as an adjective, and using it as noun is wrong. Using male to mean a plant or animal is more widely accepted.