man-n; 12 Senses

Sense Number 1: an adult male person

Commentary: MALE[+person][+adult][+male]
NOTE: the most general and broad reference to a male human adult.

There were two women and six men on the bus.
They discovered the body of a dead man floating in the river.
He was acting like a crazy man.
Sally wants to marry a rich man. (Not sense 3, because doesn't include women)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: manpower, participant in an activity, e.g., work, warfare or sports

Commentary: MAN[+person][+adult][+male][+role][+participant][+workforce]
NOTE: narrow usage that refers to a specific work role

We don't have enough men to crew a ship that big.
The coach replaced his forward man with the new player.
He's CNN's man in India.
The finance men on Wall Street are having a tough day.
How many men form a platoon?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a generic reference to any person

Commentary: MAN[+person][+adult][+generic][+human]
NOTE: refers to individuals, not the entire species. (Sense 10)
NOTE: if the referent is a specific man, do not choose this sense.

The captain told the passengers that it was now every man for himself.
No man is an island.
The average man on the street is concerned about the housing market.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 4: male in a subordinate working role

Commentary: MAN[+person][+adult][+male][+role][+subordinate][+servant]
NOTE: even narrow than Sense 2, refers to one in a subordinate work role

The duchess told her butler to have the man bring the car around for her guests.
The English lord drove a Rolls Royce and his man drove a Bentley.
She fired her yard man for alleged stealing.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 8

Sense Number 5: male romantic partner

Commentary: MAN[+person][+adult][+male][+role][+lover]

John wishes he could be Mary's man.
They lived for several years in Paris as man and wife.
This is the perfect gift for the man in your life.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 6: pieces or tokens of game equipment

Commentary: MAN[+artifact][+equipment][+game][+piece]

He taught me to set up the men on the chess board.
I rolled the dice and moved my man eight squares on the Monopoly board.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 7: Isle of Man

Commentary: MAN[+location][+isle][+British][+in_Irish_Sea][+proper_name] one of the British Isles in the Irish Sea

I'll be visiting the Isle of Man in the summer.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 8: role of being a masculine ideal

Commentary: MAN[+person][+adult][+male][+role][+ideal][+masculine]

John said his father was a real man's man.
Mary didn't think Bob was much of a man.
He wanted his 22-year-old son to act more like a man.
He spoke of the good old days when men were men and women were women.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 9: the role of having a specific preference

Commentary: MAN[+person][+adult][+male][+role][+endorser][+of_preference]
NOTE: narrow usage that refers to a specific preference role

Pete has been a union man since he first started working for the railroad.
When it comes to admiring women's beauty, John is a leg man.
Unlike his fraternity brothers, Tom wasn't much of a drinking man.
All the males in Sally's family have been Harvard men.
This doctrine appeals most deeply to the conservative man of today.
Bob is a company man all the way.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1e

Sense Number 10: the human species, as a group

Commentary: MAN[+group][+species][+human]

These stone artifacts are tools made by early man.
It was a vast wilderness untouched by man.
The leader said that man's destiny was to explore the stars.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 11: slang for legal or political authority

Commentary: MAN[+group][+authority][+legal]

It was a vicarious way for powerless people to stick it to the Man.
The student radicals believed their former ally had copped out and was now working for the Man.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 12: Idiomatic Usages

NOTE: the following set of idioms have specialized meanings MAN_OF_THE_HOUSE - head of a household, breadwinner MAN_OF_LETTERS - male scholar or author MAN_OF_THE_CLOTH - clergyman MAN_ABOUT_TOWN - a fashionable male socialite MAN_OF_THE_WORLD - a knowledgeable sophisticated male MAN_OF_HONOR - person with high moral standards MAN_OF_ACTION - person who does things, not just talks about them MEN_IN_WHITE_COATS - psychiatric orderlies MAN'S_BEST_FRIEND - a dog

The salesman wants to speak to the man of the house.
He was a famous 18th-century man of letters.
Her brother became a man of the cloth and ran a mission in Africa.
John has become quite the man about town with sports car and Italian suits.
The leader was a man of the world who understood the implications of this national threat.
He was a man of honor and would never betray his comrades, even under pain of death.
Bob's a real man of action and would be an excellent choice to head the new project.
Pete needs to calm down before the men in white coats take him away.
Our hotel welcomes all the members of your family, including man's best friend.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: Idioms