Definition of manhood in English:


Line breaks: man|hood
Pronunciation: /ˈmanhʊd


[mass noun]
  • 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.
  • 1.1The qualities 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.
    virility, manliness, machismo, masculinity, maleness; mettle, spirit, fortitude, resolution, determination, manfulness, bravery, courage, strength, intrepidity, valour, heroism, boldness
  • 1.2The men of a country or society 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.
  • 1.3 (one's manhood) • informal Used euphemistically to refer to a man’s penis: car worker Dave nearly lost his manhood on the production line
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    • He kneed me from behind, getting the more sensitive part of my manhood.
  • 2 archaic The condition of being human: the unity of Godhead and manhood in Christ

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