ladies' man

Definitions

  • Man selling fish to lady
    Man selling fish to lady
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ladies' man a man who takes advantage of women
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Man bowing to lady Man bowing to lady
Man telling story to lady Man telling story to lady
Man holding lady's hand Man holding lady's hand
A man dreams of a dance. Some men are dancing with the ladies while another is sleeping next to his wife A man dreams of a dance. Some men are dancing with the ladies while another is sleeping next to his wife
An Arab man, possibly Ahmed Orabi, leaves the protection of lady Europe in order to chase after a lion draped in a Union Jack An Arab man, possibly Ahmed Orabi, leaves the protection of lady Europe in order to chase after a lion draped in a...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1920, 57% of Hollywood movies billed the female star above the leading man. In 1990, only 18% had the leading lady given top billing.
    • Ladies' man a man who affects the society of ladies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was the law in Scotland in 1288 that for each year known as "lepe yeare" any maiden lady could ask the man she liked to be her husband. If he refused and didn't have a good excuse he would be "mulcted of ye sum of one pound or less" (essentially, he would owe her a dollar). France enacted a similar law a year later.
    • Ladies' man one fond of women's society
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Quotations

  • Finley Peter Dunne
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    “A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hláf-digehláf, a loaf, dǽgee, a kneader, or=hláfweardige (i.e. loaf-keeper, see ward), and thus a contr. fem. of Lord.

Usage

In literature:

The lady on the delicately pacing palfrey turned the darkness of her eyes from the white-robed choristers to the face of the young man.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Hannay and Gorst, Ransome and another man were gathered together in a communion with the lady of the settee.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Susceptible as he was to odours, Baldur was not a ladies' man.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
They went back to supper at Miss Dexter's house, and there one more lady and another man joined them.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
But Mr. Ratler is a man of sense, Lady Laura, and is not to be despised.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
There was another man on board, of whom the ladies took no notice.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
Of course Lady Chiltern would connect her departure with the man's arrival.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
A negro maid accompanied the ladies and a stalwart black man rode a pack-mule laden with tents, blankets and a cooking outfit.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Two knives beside a plate mean a lady stranger; two forks, a man.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
I don't know whether you have any notion of what it means to a man like me to talk to a lady like you, even on false pretences.
"Magic" by G.K. Chesterton
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In poetry:

Aw can't tell why a child 'at's born
To lord or lady that,
Should be soa worship'd, wol they scorn
A poor man's little brat.
"Aw Can't Tell" by John Hartley
Strong he grew, and brave, till armies
Praised in him a man of men.
Came a peace--then love;--a lady
Ruled with him the Orchy's glen.
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
OLD MAN.
Aye-great indeed!
And if my poor old Lady could rise up--
God rest her soul! 'twould grieve her to behold
The wicked work is here.
"English Eclogues I - The Old Mansion-House" by Robert Southey
She came; she lodged. Wherever she rambled
They held her as no other than
The lady named; and told how her husband
Had died a forsaken man.
"A Woman's Fancy" by Thomas Hardy
And she had lost him!--Marvel not
That lady's eyes with tears were wet!
Though love by man is soon forgot,
It never yet was woman's lot
To love and to forget.
"The Ball-Room Belle." by George Pope Morris
MOTHER of God! no lady thou:
Common woman of common earth
Our Lady ladies call thee now,
But Christ was never of gentle birth;
A common man of the common earth.
"Our Lady" by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

In news:

Weekdays 2-7 pm Call: 214-787-1925 Email: jon@kzps.com If you've got a questions for the Ladies' Man Jon Dillon, email it and the Ladies' Man will get back with ya.
For some time, I've tried to warn my fellow man (and certain special ladies) about the dangers of robots.
Crazy Lady And The Vacuum Cleaner Man.
Dispatchers got the first call and could hear a lady screaming and a man telling her to stop screaming.
First lady recognizes local man for award.
Fresh from a break-up from ladies' man John Mayer, Katy Perry has now been snubbed by a former flame, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Wolverine's Foxy Lady What's it like being married to the hottest man on Broadway.
The veteran comic, whose new show gets a jump on the fall season Tuesday, was first approached about a show three years ago when his first book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, was on the bestseller lists.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who is so happy "Saturday Night Live" is back with a new season of political parody.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who thoroughly enjoyed Minister of Culture Michael Heaton's recent Hallmark Channel movie.
Steel your hearts, ladies: Levi Johnston is officially a married man.
Ladies, if you want to use this and pretend your man is Luke I won't tell.
He still dresses like a European dandy, a ladies' man in sharp linen pants and monogrammed shirts undone enough to offer a peek at his chest.
0 Actor Max Greenfield plays the neurotic ladies man Schmidt on Fox's "New Girl".
A very smart man who loves to dress like a lady.
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