What are the female and male ends of the plank?

The “Male” and “Female” terms refer to the “tongue” and “groove” respectively. This is the locking mechanism that makes laminate and other floating floors so easy to install. The tongue, or male, side clicks into the groove, or female, side at an angle- no nails or glue needed. In some areas, such as up against a wall or under a door jamb, the male and female pieces must be trimmed and glued, as these areas prevent the installer from locking the planks in at an angle. Each plank of laminate contains a tongue and groove, these edges of the board contain your locking system to lock in together. The tongue is the small flat edge on one side of the board, this will angle to lock into the opposite side of another board. The opposite side will contain the groove edge, which is a larger, wide side that contains a lip to hold the boards together when locked.