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beta male

1. In the social hierarchy of an animal group, a male occupying a position secondary to the dominant "alpha male." Emerging research on animal groups suggests that beta males may have more complex roles than previously thought.
2. By extension, a man comfortable with engaging in non-stereotypical male behaviors and having personality traits that contrast with the stereotypically dominant and aggressive "alpha male." In this usage, the term is used positively or affectionately. I really like that David is so chill. He's a real beta male, and I'm into it.
3. A derisive term for a man regarded as passive or weak (in contrast to the "alpha male"). I can't believe Mike lets his girlfriend tell him what to do—what a beta male.
See also: male
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I'm a stay at home dad: a phrase that often conjures images of softly spoken, hummus-addicted, Beta males who wouldn't be considered threatening to a wet paper bag -- and our bags are ALL paper, we're far too right-on to touch anything non-biodegradable.
Behavior of the Gonadosomatic Index (+ / - s.d.) for Opsanus beta males (A) and females (B) in the SLA for month in the study period.
Behavior of the Hepatosomatic Index (+ / - s.d.) for Opsanus beta males and females in the SLA for month.
- Beta males with a few Alpha traits and tendencies
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For instance, alpha males are involved in a higher rate of fighting and mate-guarding than beta males. They do not differ, however, in the rate of challenges to their status, which is considered a psychological stressor, or in the amount of grooming they receive from adult and juvenile females, which is a measure of psychological support.
The stress, they suggested, was probably because of the demands of fighting off challengers and guarding access to fertile females, while beta males, who fought less and had considerably less mate guarding to do, had much lower stress levels.
, shows that alpha males actually have more stress than beta males because of the effort it requires to stay as the alpha male.
While the guys can be quite easily classified as alpha or beta males; it's the girls of the house who are proving a little more difficult to read.
DuVal's DNA analysis found no offspring produced by beta males. Nor were the sidekicks laboring on behalf of relatives; an alpha and its beta weren't closely related.
In the Savage family, the same alpha and beta males maintained their positions for at least seven or eight years.
In accentors, the parental care of alpha males was positively correlated with their share of matings (an indirect measure of paternity) for a given brood, but the parental care of beta males was not correlated.
'Alpha females' and 'Beta males.' Ideally, women who are 'Alpha' need to be matched up with men who are 'Beta,' but instead, the vast majority of Alpha females are hell bent on pursuing the romantic companionship of Alpha males.