adj. man·li·er, man·li·est
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of men, especially when considered traditionally masculine, as in being courageous or direct: "Few men who are just about to go off on an adventure can resist a manly swig from a convenient bottle of whisky" (Jane Stevenson).
2. Well-developed or toned in musculature: a manly physique.
In a manly manner.
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