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Man, subst. (plur. men), 1) a human being: “this is the third m. that e'er I saw,” Tp. I, 2, 445. “a m. or a fish?” II, 2, 25. II, 2, 25 II, 1, 154. III, 1, 51. H5 IV, 1, 106 etc. etc. “wilt thou be made a m. out of my vice?” Meas. III, 1, 138 (== wilt thou live etc.); cf. “am I dead? do I not breathe a m.?” H6C III, 1, 82; “since I was m.” Lr. III, 2, 45 (since my birth). The article omitted, to denote the whole human race: “beyond --'s life,” Tp. II, 1, 247. “where m. doth not inhabit,” III, 3, 57. Wiv. I, 1, 21. Meas. II, 2, 50. Meas. II, 2, 50 Mids. IV, 1, 211. Wint. IV, 4, 829. Wint. IV, 4, 829 H4B IV, 3, 118. Tim. IV, 3, 194. 197 “(more m.? plague, plague!).” Lr. III, 1, 10. Per. II Prol. 35. Plur.: “men hang and drown their proper selves,” Tp. III, 3, 59. V, 242. H6B III, 1, 301 etc. a m. == any person, one: “misery acquaints a m. with strange bedfellows,” Tp. II, 2, 41. “to sing at a --'s funeral,” Tp. II, 2, 41 “as a nose on a --'s face,” Gent. II, 1, 142. II, 5, 5. III, 1, 311. V, 4, 1. Wiv. II, 1, 193. III, 2, 37. Ado II, 3, 247. H4B IV, 3, 95 etc. not a m. of them == none of them: LLL V, 2, 128. H4B Ind. LLL V, 2, 128 R3 II, 1, 119. every m. == everybody: Ado III, 2, 110. LLL I, 1, 152. Mids. I, 2, 4. IV, 2, 38 etc. “every m. of them,” H4A II, 4, 197. no m. == nobody: Tp. V, 213. Tp. V, 213 Gent. II, 1, 65. Wiv. V, 5, 52. Tw. II, 5, 110 etc.
2) a male of the human race: “more widows than we bring men to comfort them,” Tp. II, 1, 134. “kept from resort of men,” Gent. III, 1, 108. Gent. III, 1, 108 “the putting down of men,” Wiv. II, 1, 30. “it is a --'s voice,” Meas. I, 4, 7. Tp. I, 2, 109. Tp. I, 2, 109 Tp. I, 2, 109 II, 2, 32 (cf. Make). III, 2, 114. Wiv. II, 1, 83. III, 3, 78. Meas. II, 1, 176. III, 2, 112. Err. II, 1, 7. Mids. I, 1, 66. Tw. III, 4, 333 etc. etc. Without the article, in a general sense: “were m. but constant, he were perfect,” Gent. V, 4, 110. “she could not love me, were m. as rare as phoenix,” As IV, 3, 17. “m. is enemy to virginity,” All's I, 1, 123. Tw. II, 2, 37. Lr. III, 4, 84. Oth. IV, 1, 111. Cymb. I, 6, 69 etc. “m. by m.” Mids. I, 2, 3. H4A III, 3, 65. “to the last m.” H4B IV, 2, 44. man at arms and man of arms == knight, warrior: LLL IV, 3, 290. H4B II, 2, 82. H6C V, 4, 42. H6A I, 4, 30. m. of war == warrior, soldier: “three thousand men of war,” R2 II, 1, 286. “with his men of war,” II, 3, 52. “doth the m. of war stay all night?” H4B V, 1, 31. “the nine men's morris,” Mids. II, 1, 98 (cf. Morris). Used as a familiar compellation: “no marrying? None, m.” Tp. II, 1, 166. II, 2, 133. II, 2, 133 Gent. II, 3, 38. II, 4, 168. IV, 2, 55. Meas. I, 2, 97. Err. IV, 2, 41. LLL I, 2, 139. Merch. I, 3, 157. II, 8, 1. H6B I, 2, 85. Tit. II, 1, 85. Rom. I, 5, 36. Caes. I, 2, 135 etc. Used with some latitude; applied to boys: “bring my young m. here to school,” Wiv. IV, 1, 8. “go play, Mamillius, thou art an honest m.” Wint. I, 2, 211. to God: “God's a good m.” Ado III, 5, 40 (Dogberry's speech). to the devil: “no m. means evil but the devil,” Wiv. V, 2, 15. to flies: “they are free men,” Rom. III, 3, 42. Emphatically: “play the men,” Tp. I, 1, 11. H6A I, 6, 16. “to trial of a m.” Ado V, 1, 66. LLL V, 2, 697. H5 III, 2, 33. Mcb. I, 7, 46. Mcb. I, 7, 46 Mcb. I, 7, 46 Caes. I, 2, 153. Caes. I, 2, 153 Caes. I, 2, 153 Hml. I, 2, 187. III, 4, 62. Lr. II, 2, 127. II, 4, 42 etc. “my man of men,” Ant. I, 5, 72. Opposed to a boy: Compl. 92. Wiv. III, 2, 6. Tw. I, 5, 165. Tw. I, 5, 165 V, 402 etc. the m. == the right man, just the man wanted: “Ovidius Naso was the m.” LLL IV, 2, 127. “here comes the m.” Merch. II, 2, 119. “am I the m. yet?” As III, 3, 3. “soft, soft, unless the master were the m.” Tw. I, 5, 313. “I am the m.” II, 2, 26. “I will be point-devise the very m.” II, 5, 177. “Harry the Fifth's the m.” H4B V, 3, 122. “this is not the m.” V, 5, 149. “you'll be the m.” Rom. I, 5, 83. “'tis the m.” Ant. I, 5, 54. cf. “here comes my m.” Rom. III, 1, 59. “I was never mine own m. since,” H6B IV, 2, 91 (== I was not what I used to be). cf. “when no m. was his own,” Tp. V, 213 (in his senses).
Often joined, in O. Edd., by a hyphen to preceding monosyll. adjectives, or spelt as a compound, while M. Edd. prefer writing them in two words. Very often, too, the adjective is accentuated, so that in many such expressions a similar difference is discernible as between madman, freshman, nobleman and mad man, fresh man, noble man. Cf. “blind-man,” H6A II, 4, 24. H6B II, 1, 63. “deadman,” Err. V, 241. Wint. II, 1, 150. R2 IV, 144. H5 II, 4, 107. H6B IV, 1, 6. V, 2, 4. R3 I, 4, 29. Tit. II, 3, 229. Rom. IV, 1, 82. Rom. IV, 1, 82 V, 1, 7. V, 2, 30. Mcb. IV, 3, 170 etc. “dumb men,” Cor. II, 1, 278. “good m.” LLL I, 1, 310. As II, 7, 115. As II, 7, 115 R2 I, 1, 114. H5 IV, 3, 56. R3 II, 1, 61. H8 III, 1, 22. H8 III, 1, 22 Tit. IV, 1, 123. Oth. V, 1, 99 etc. (cf. Goodman). “great m.” Meas. II, 2, 110; cf. Meas. II, 2, 110 H6B III, 1, 19. H8 II, 1, 67. III, 2, 375. Hml. III, 2, 214. “mean m.” R2 I, 2, 33. “old m.” Err. I, 1, 97. John II, 570. H6B V, 2, 51. H6C V, 6, 39. H8 IV, 2, 21. Rom. II, 3, 35. Caes. I, 3, 65. Lr. II, 1, 101. II, 4, 291. II, 4, 291 Oth. I, 3, 78. Cymb. V, 3, 52. Cymb. V, 3, 52 Cymb. V, 3, 52 Cymb. V, 3, 52. “plain m.” R3 I, 3, 51. “poor m.” John IV, 1, 50. H6B IV, 7, 93. Caes. I, 1, 62. Lr. IV, 6, 29. “prime m.” H8 III, 2, 162. “proud m.” Troil. III, 3, 49. “rich m.” Tim. I, 2, 72. “rude m.” John I, 1, 64. “sick m.” R2 II, 1, 84. Cor. I, 1, 182. Caes. II, 1, 310. Caes. II, 1, 310 “tame m.” Mids. III, 2, 259. “true m.” LLL IV, 3, 187. R2 V, 3, 73. H6C I, 4, 64. Cymb. II, 3, 76. “wise m.” Tw. II, 3, 45. III, 1, 73. III, 1, 73 R2 I, 3, 276. V, 5, 63. H6C III, 1, 25. Rom. III, 3, 62. Lr. I, 4, 182. “young m.” Mids. I, 1, 6. Shr. II, 393. John II, 570. Troil. V, 2, 165. Tit. I, 484.
3) a servant: “one of my husband's men,” Lucr. 1291. “now they are my men,” Tp. II, 1, 274. “get a new m.” II, 2, 189. Gent. IV, 2, 75. Wiv. I, 1, 114. Wiv. I, 1, 114 Wiv. I, 1, 114 II, 1, 182. Meas. IV, 2, 103. Err. II, 1, 43. II, 2, 207. III, 2, 74. IV, 4, 8. Ado III, 2, 45. Merch. II, 2, 94. V, 183. Shr. Ind. 2, 107. John III, 3, 72. H5 III, 2, 32. R3 I, 1, 80. H8 IV, 2, 148. Rom. II, 4, 3. Rom. II, 4, 3 III, 1, 59. Lr. II, 4, 201 etc.
4) a m. of war == a ship of war: Tit. IV, 3, 22.
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