We’ve currently looked at the word for woman (donna), so now it’s time come look at the other fifty percent of the human being equation! words for man in Italian is uomo (masculine, plural: uomini).

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IPA: /ˈwɔ.mo/

Similar to English, words uomo have the right to be offered to refer to an adult human male or much more generally, the human race.

Quell’uomo si chiama Marco. Abita nell’appartamento sopra al mio.

That guy is called Marco. He stays in the apartment above mine.

Cinquantuno anni fa l’uomo mise piede sullaLuna.

Fifty-one years ago man set foot on the moon.


In unshened speech, it isn’t unusual to colloquially refer to a friend’s male partner as uomo instead of (marito) husband or (ragazzo) boyfriend.

Comesta il tuo uomo? non lo vedo da un sacco!

How is her man? ns haven’t viewed him for ages!

In the singular, that is likewise the word supplied to describe a type of prehistoric human (e.g. Uomo di Neanderthal = Neanderthal man).

The noun, when associated with various other words, can explain a specific kind that man:

Buon uomo / Brav’uomo = guy of practical skills but not an extremely intelligentUomo della strada = plain manUomo d’affari = service manUomo nero = boogeymanUomo alla mano = friendly man (alla mano means at hand)Uomo di fiducia = man you have the right to trust for fragile jobsUomo d’onore = honorable man

When talking about a worker or who who gives a service, uomo have the right to work as a colloquial alternate to the polite signore (sir, gentleman).

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C’è l’uomo del gas alla porta.

The gas man is at the door.

Expressions special ‘uomo’

A misura d’uomo

Literal translation: at the measure of manEnglish meaning: liveable, suitable for people

Ad altezza d’uomo

Literal translation: at the height of manEnglish meaning: at eye level

A passo d’uomo

Literal translation: at man’s paceEnglish meaning: at walking pace

A memoria d’uomo

Literal translation: in man’s memoryEnglish meaning: because that a lengthy time (as long as man deserve to remember)

Uomo avvisato, mezzo salvato

Literal translation: a warned male is half-savedEnglish meaning: forewarned is forearmed

Essere una pasta d’uomo

Literal translation: to be a man’s doughEnglish meaning: to it is in a great man