virile


virile

adjective

  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a man; masculine; manly: virile strength.
  2. having or exhibiting masculine energy, forcefulness, or strength in a marked degree.
  3. characterized by a vigorous, masculine spirit: a virile literary style.
  4. of, relating to, or capable of procreation.

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male
  2. (of a male) possessing high sexual drive and capacity for sexual intercourse
  3. of or capable of copulation or procreation
  4. strong, forceful, or vigorous
adj.

late 15c., from Old French viril, from Latin virilis “of a man, manly,” from vir “a man, a hero,” from PIE *uiHro “freeman” (cf. Sanskrit virah, Avestan vira-, Lithuanian vyras, Lithuanian vyras, Old Irish fer, Welsh gwr, Gothic wair, Old English wer “man”). Virile member for “penis” is recorded from 1540s.

adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male, especially the ability to perform sexually as a male.
  2. Having or showing masculine spirit, strength, vigor, or power.
  3. Sexually potent.

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