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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The years during which Albinati comes of age are years of epochal change for Italy, for Catholicism, for ideals of manhood. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, "Sex and Power in “The Catholic School”," 19 Aug. 2019 Those include various anatomical references, impugning each other's manhood literally as well as figuratively. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Hobbs & Shaw' shows how buddy action movies won't grow up," 2 Aug. 2019 The Old School notions of manhood, respect etc don’t work anymore. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: The Trevor Bauer trade puts the Reds in go-for-it mode in 2020," 31 July 2019 The darker-than-night comedy is both wildly funny and serves as a smart exploration on the topic of manhood. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "'The Art of Self-Defense' filmmaker Riley Stearns talks toxic masculinity and tattoos," 18 July 2019 If your pitcher hits my batter, then my pitcher must prove his manhood and worth as a teammate by returning the favor and plunking one of your hitters. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is baseball such a boring game the Rockies and Cubs have to start a rock fight to prove their manhood?," 12 June 2019 For its violence, for its over-the-top patriotism for the what many on the left perceive to be outdated notions of manhood and for the militaries or culture there.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 There’s something about becoming comfortable in the cages that have been built for us, whether that’s a rigid understanding of masculinity/manhood, or a rigid understanding of sexuality. Brandon T. Harden,, "Darnell L. Moore's 'No Ashes in the Fire': Coming of age queer, male, and black," 6 June 2018 The Lakers took it as a challenge to their manhood, as Jackson intended, and won it all, 116-111, in the next game. Bill Livingston,, "Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 - Can even LeBron James win it by himself? Bill Livingston," 28 Apr. 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 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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