Definition of manhood in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanˌho͝od/


1The state or period of being a man rather than a child: boys in the process of growing to manhood
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  • Two men - a boy who grows into early manhood and an old ascetic priest, the lama - are at the centre of the novel.
  • His early manhood was partly devoted to using the second to overcome the first.
  • All Laotian men are expected to become monks, usually in early manhood, before marriage.
1.1Men, especially those of a country, regarded collectively: Germany had lost the best of her young manhood
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  • The names of the fallen - sometimes a family's entire fine crop of young manhood - feature on those war memorials and on the roll of honour in memorial halls.
1.2Qualities traditionally associated with men, such as courage, strength, and sexual potency: we drank to prove our manhood
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  • His is an elusive quest for self despite prescriptive notions of manhood and sexual identity.
  • These sports serve to define dominant masculinity, connecting manhood with violence and competitiveness and often marginalising girls and women.
  • Their coach questions everything from their heart to their courage to their brains to their manhood to their commitment.
1.3 archaic The condition of being human: the unity of Godhead and manhood in Christ
1.4 (one's manhood) informal Used euphemistically to refer to a man’s genitals.
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  • He kneed me from behind, getting the more sensitive part of my manhood.

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Syllabification: man·hood

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