from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Slang A fellow; a man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a man who behaves in a particularly laddish or overtly heterosexual manner.
  • n. An anglophone man.
  • n. An exemplar of a certain masculine, independent male archetype.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Man; fellow: a term of disrespect or contumely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a boy or man


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First known usage 1851. Origin unknown. Hypotheses include: (Wiktionary)



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