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[hee-man] /ˈhiˌmæn/
noun, plural he-men. Informal.
a strong, tough, virile man.
Origin of he-man
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for heman
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  • heman stole one glance at her, under cover of the saluting voices.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • heman looked at the shaving-mug for a moment, as if he contemplated dashing it to the floor.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "heman's a heap more anxious to see her than she is to see him," observed the former.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The Ma was at least half the size of the slate, while heman was microscopic; but, alas!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • It seems a world of stars and flowers, as one would imagine it after reading one of Mrs. heman's poems.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • But heman had bent his head, and was moving along with the rest, like a man under a burden.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Who is it that's been sayin' the Honorable heman Atkins was shirkin' that appropriation?

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • heman drove into the yard, and stopped before the kitchen door.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • It was by far the finest house in Bayport, and heman made it finer as the years passed.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • heman dropped the reins; he put his hands on her arms, and pulled her forward.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for heman


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 heman



"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 heman



: 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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heman in the Bible

faithful. (1.) 1 Kings 4:31; 1 Chr. 2:6, a son of Zerah, noted for his wisdom. (2.) Grandson of Samuel (1 Chr. 6:33; 15:17), to whom the 88th Psalm probably was inscribed. He was one of the "seers" named in 2 Chr. 29:14, 30, and took a leading part in the administration of the sacred services.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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