manliness

noun
man·​li·​ness | \ ˈman-lē-nəs How to pronounce manliness (audio) \

Definition of manliness

: the quality or state of being manly (as by having qualities such as strength or virility that are traditionally associated with a man) They'd been trained to identify emotional repression as the essence of manliness. Men who broke down, or cried, or admitted to feeling fear, were sissies, weaklings, failures. Not men.— Pat Barker … the angular manliness of her gestures …— John Colapinto

First Known Use of manliness

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manliness

Middle English manlynesse, from manli, manly manly entry 2 + -nesse -ness

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“Manliness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manliness. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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