Gender in English: Masculine and Feminine Words

English nouns are of four types as far as gender is concerned. They are:

  1. Common gender words which denote creatures of either sex and the same word can be used for both the male and the female. Examples are words like animal, baby, bird, cat, cattle, child, companion, comrade, cousin, deer, friend, guardian, guest, infant, owner, parent, passenger, pig, pupil, relative, sheep, singer, student, swan, teacher, etc.
  2. Neuter gender words which denote things without life or sex. Examples are words like box, bread, butter, chair, chalk, church, coffee, desk, door, floor, house, etc.
  3. Masculine gender words which denote the male.
  4. Feminine gender words which denote the female.

The following is an extensive list of masculine and feminine words. Search a word to get the related masculine or feminine word.

MasculineFeminine
abbotabbess
actoractress
AlexanderAlexandra
bachelorspinster
baronbaroness
beaubelle
billy-goatnanny-goat
boarsow
boygirl
bridegroombride
brothersister
buckdoe
buck-rabbitdoe-rabbit
bullcow
bull-calfcow-calf
bullockheifer
CecilCecilia
CharlesCharlotte
ChristianChristina
ClarenceClara
cockhen
cock-sparrowhen-sparrow
coltfilly
countcountess
dogbitch
drakeduck
dukeduchess
earlcountess
emperorempress
enchanterenchantress
fathermother
father-in-lawmother-in-law
fiancefiancee
FrancisFrances
friarnun
gandergoose
gentlemanlady
GeorgeGeorgina
godgoddess
grandfathergrandmother
harthind
heshe
he-goatshe-goat
headmasterheadmistress
heirheiress
HenryHenrietta
heroheroine
himher
hosthostess
houndbrach
husbandwife
JohnJoan
JosephJosephine
kingqueen
ladlass
landlordlandlady
lionlioness
lordlady
malefemale
male-childfemale-child
manwoman
manservantmaidservant
marquismarchioness
masseurmasseuse
mastermistress
mayormayoress
monknun
MrMrs
nephewniece
OliverOlive
PatrickPatricia
PaulPauline
postmanpostwoman
postmasterpostmistress
priestpriestess
princeprincess
ramewe
RobertRoberta
shepherdshepherdess
sirmadam
siredam
sondaughter
son-in-lawdaughter-in-law
sorcerersorceress
staghind
stallionmare
steerheifer
stepfatherstepmother
stepsonstepdaughter
stewardstewardess
SultanSultana
tigertigress
tutorgoverness
uncleaunt
VictorVictoria
waiterwaitress
widowerwidow
WilliamWilhelmina
wizardwitch