hy·​per·​mas·​cu·​line ˌhī-pər-ˈma-skyə-lən How to pronounce hypermasculine (audio)
variants or hyper-masculine
: extremely or excessively masculine
a magazine full of hypermasculine ads
… the toy market's discovery that you can sell dolls to boys if you call them action figures and make them hypermasculine.David G. Hartwell
hypermasculinity noun
or hyper-masculinity
Combining macho engineering with the hypermasculinity of the military has wrought disastrous environmental consequences. Joni Seager

Examples of hypermasculine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putin’s appeal also continues to rest on his management of the country’s economy, his hypermasculine image, and—increasingly—his association with conservative values that resonate with many Russian citizens. Timothy Frye, Foreign Affairs, 25 Mar. 2024 The result was a pageant of fight choreography, wooden romance and hypermasculine hokum that soon entered the annals of so-bad-it’s-good camp classics. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 The hypermasculine nicknames were profoundly unhelpful in identifying person and place. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 On the other hand, as is often the case with stereotypes, they can be internalized, and there absolutely is a hypermasculine performance favored by Latino men that feels specific to Latin culture. Jp Brammer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2023 Coincidentally, there sure were a lot of movies about hypermasculine dudes at Venice this year. Vulture, 8 Sep. 2023 Current and former students say that campuses are often hypermasculine, with female students facing overt harassment and abuse. Akanksha Singh, WIRED, 4 Sep. 2023 But these perceptions are driven less by scientific evidence and more by hypermasculine culture. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 The attack ad attempted to portray Donald Trump as pro-LGBTQ and cast DeSantis as a hypermasculine anti-LGBTQ crusader. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 24 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypermasculine was in 1909

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“Hypermasculine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypermasculine. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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