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[hee-man] /ˈhiˌmæn/
noun, plural he-men. Informal.
a strong, tough, virile man.
Origin of he-man
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Men like what the magazines call “a red-blooded, two-fisted, he-man.”

  • Sniping was the job for a he-man, if one had to be away from home at all.

  • Steel has often been described by its old timers as a "he-man's game."

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Peter was a real "he-man," and wasn't going to waste himself.

  • That Squint man aint no lady-killer, honey, but hes shuah a he-man from the groun up!

    The Ranchman Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Hence the man who breathes deeply by habit indicates a great deal of vitality and has marked "he-man" traits.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
British Dictionary definitions for he-man


noun (pl) -men
(informal) a strongly built muscular man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for he-man

"especially masculine fellow," 1832, originally among U.S. pioneers, from he + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for he-man



: a regular he-man cop


A very masculine man; hunk, macho (1859+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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