Adjective "virile" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a man) having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive.
  1. 'You could have had me, a young, virile man, but no, you had to have an old fat king.'
  2. 'These guys all want to come home, have their necks rubbed, have their slippers handed to them, and be told what big, virile men they are.'
  3. 'The fact that testosterone is involved gave rise to the idea that bald men are more virile.'
  4. 'The soldiers are being taught the perfect etiquette in beheading - the exact way to cleanse the sword, the proper way to swing the weapon, the strong virile shout.'
  5. 'Strong-muscled, virile, simple and truthful, the Paharis inhabit the hilly tracts of the ‘middle mountains'.'
  6. 'The inscription reads: ‘Dedicated to those virile men - the copper miners…’'
  7. 'According to Hicks, the Christian gentleman is ‘strong, virile, and courageous,’ but will ‘never cause pain and is always kind and polite.’'
  8. 'Surely these handsome, virile guys must have been having a good time in mid-town, with its bright lights and ‘action’.'
  9. 'I'd much rather be de-frosted in a hundred years time a reasonably virile man in his twenties, rather than a decrepit octogenarian who had already died once.'
  10. 'Usually, US Army personnel are depicted on TV or in the movies as smart, fit, tall, handsome, virile men, eager to fight for their country and ever at the ready.'
  11. 'a strong, virile performance of the Mass'
  12. 'Sacred bovids, beginning with the fecund cow and advancing to the virile bull, were finally degraded to mere substance in the hands of humanized deities.'
  13. 'Time and again, advanced and cultured societies have been laid low by more primitive and virile enemies with superior military institutions and a stronger will to fight.'
  14. 'A crucial part of the war effort was expended on creating an army of men who looked heroic, larger than life, and capable of showing forth the nation's virile strength.'
  15. 'Combat stimulates the virile or creative energy; and, like love, of which it is one form, excites the mind to an orgasm which enables it to transcend its rational dullness.'
  16. 'Where I live we are surrounded by people in their 80s and 90s who are vigorous, virile and full of life as anyone I know.'
  17. 'One of them, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was convinced that the strong, virile physical and moral education of the British public schools was responsible for the prodigious expansion of the British Empire.'
  18. 'It was a strong hand, virile and filled with vigor.'
  19. 'The result is that the ruddy duck's genes, stronger, more virile, dominate the union, producing ruddy duck dominated hybrids and weakening the white-headed duck strain.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be virile."

"manhoods can be virile."

"yaks can be virile."

"powers can be virile."

"movements can be virile."

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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘characteristic of a man’): from French viril or Latin virilis, from vir ‘man’.