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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web These teenagers were perched on that cliff wall between adolescence and manhood, footholds uncertain. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Season on the Rez," 6 Dec. 2019 Not going unnoticed was Derulo’s hard-to-miss manhood underneath the revealing bottoms. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Jason Derulo Denies Photoshopping Viral Photo of Crotch: 'Us Haitians, We Look Different'," 25 Nov. 2019 In Shakespeare’s writing, Falstaff is a poetic symbol of Prince Hal’s wayward younger days, a cheerful drunk who must be cast aside as the noble boy ascends to responsibility and manhood. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King Makes a Dreary Muddle of an Epic Drama," 11 Oct. 2019 But even northern Europe is hardly a manhood paradise by comparison. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "American Men," 22 Aug. 2019 Risky rites of passage Fraternity initiations provide a rite of passage into manhood for some college men. Adam M. Mccready, The Conversation, "Here’s what’s missing in efforts to curb heavy drinking and hazing on campus," 18 Oct. 2019 The result is a film that’s almost sci-fi adjacent, and which clearly has a lot on its mind about how brainless, macho characterizations of manhood hurt everyone, and how violence perpetuates violence. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Jesse Eisenberg on the “aspirational and also absurd” manliness in his new movie," 12 July 2019 The major action of Toy Story 4 kicks off with an existential crisis of manhood, or at least toyhood. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Toy Story 4 Is an Existential Crisis the Whole Family Can Enjoy," 20 June 2019 The point is that ideals of manhood can be—and are—wielded by men in power to the majority of men’s detriment. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Being a “Real Man” Will Kill You," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of manhood

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Dec 2019

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“Manhood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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 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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