man·​hood | \ˈman-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of manhood 

1 : the condition of being a human being

2 : qualities associated with men : manliness

3 : the condition of being an adult male as distinguished from a child or female

4 : adult males : men

5 : penis

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Examples of manhood in a Sentence

He took the comment as a challenge to his manhood. He grew from boyhood to manhood in a small southern town. the manhood of a nation
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This façade of purposeful manhood follows Jack through his entire life, from childhood, through the war, and straight into fatherhood. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Season 3 Episode 4 Finally Introduces Jack's Brother Nicky," 17 Oct. 2018 For its violence, for its over-the-top patriotism for the what many on the left perceive to be outdated notions of manhood and for the militaries or culture there. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 Roosevelt was determined to attain a rugged manhood that would require no caveat about his big city origins or his being a son of privilege. Philip Dray, Time, "How This Photo of Theodore Roosevelt in Hunting Gear Helped Jump-Start the American Conservation Movement," 1 May 2018 Armie Hammer is a straight white man who made a name for himself playing such big-screen paragons of straight white manhood as The Social Network’s Winklevoss twins and the Lone Ranger. Adam Green, Vogue, "Armie Hammer on Making His Broadway Debut and Reckoning with Toxic Masculinity," 19 June 2018 The description of the locale is somewhat flat, but Ólafsdóttir excels in exploring what bedevils Jónas and the novel’s other men: a conception of manhood that prevents them from articulating emotion or understanding power except as violence. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 7 May 2018 After school, Stanfield wrote and directed skits on his aunt's camcorder, violent burlesques about a thug named Lil' Biggie trying to prove his manhood with a gun. Amy Nicholson,, "Is Hollywood ready for the brilliant weirdness of Lakeith Stanfield?," 3 July 2018 Perhaps unsurprisingly, in the days since Crews shared his Senate testimony, a number of his peers have taken to the internet to discredit his experiences—and his manhood. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 My pre-teen self just shuddered at the thought of JT’s manhood., "Justin Timberlake Doesn’t Have BDE But He Is “Gifted,” A Former Co-Star Says," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of manhood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of manhood

: the qualities (such as strength and courage) that are expected in a man

: the state or condition of being an adult man and no longer a boy

: adult men


man·​hood | \ˈman-ˌhu̇d \

Kids Definition of manhood

1 : qualities (as strength and courage) believed to be typical of men

2 : the state of being an adult human male

3 : adult human males

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