: a strong virile man

Examples of he-man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But how can a diminutive performer like himself possibly dominate in this he-man competition? Pat Padua, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 Beefcake is the special of the day in fairy-tale Belleville, where shirtless he-men gather around the Queen (Grace McLean) like dancers in a Madonna music video. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2023 On each side of the globe are the nude, burly, he-men: on one side, Jupiter, awkwardly flying through the sky on an eagle, pushes the sphere; on the other, Jupiter’s brothers, Pluto and Neptune, stand as if at the edge of the opening in the ceiling, looking down. Monika Schmitter, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of he-man was in 1758

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“He-man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/he-man. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a strong active man

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