man·​hood | \ ˈman-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce manhood (audio) \

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The icy dip was a brazen display of manhood and an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the Feast of the Epiphany. Deborah Netburnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The men are upstanding, affectionate toward their families, intelligent, and secure in their manhood. Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 19 Apr. 2022 Between spreading thighs, his normally lusty manhood is thinly covered, having conceded all to drink—the wine or water trickling from the deflating wine sack. William A. Wallace, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The material spoke of many different aspects of life, which found symbolic expressions in the film, such as the idea of manhood, or forced migration, or uprooting, which is not just a physical process. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 10 May 2022 Other contributions to history include tests of manhood involving farting and belching. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 22 Apr. 2022 After resisting this sort of maternal swaddling from childhood to manhood, Father developed a psychological block against telling us how to run our lives. James Roosevelt, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 It’s the tenuity of manhood that drives men to seek ways to prove their masculine bona fides. Parker Molloy, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2022 Dylan has had a fascinating relationship with religion over the years, though celebrating faith and transitioning to manhood is alien to me. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of manhood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Manhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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man·​hood | \ ˈman-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce manhood (audio) \

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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