man-child

noun \ ˈman-ˌchī(-ə)ld \

Definition of man-child

plural men-children play \ˈmen-ˌchil-drən, -dərn\
1 : a male child : son
  • … it came to her what a glory it would be to be the mother of a man-child like this.
  • —Jack London
2 : a man who has the qualities of a child : a childlike man
  • … a largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up.
  • —Manohla Dargis

First Known Use of man-child

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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