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manhood

[man-hoo d] /ˈmæn hʊd/
noun
1.
the state or time of being a man or adult male person; male maturity.
2.
traditional manly qualities.
3.
maleness, as distinguished from femaleness.
4.
virility; potency.
5.
male genitalia.
6.
men collectively.
7.
the state of being human.
Origin of manhood
1200-1250
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at man1, -hood
Related forms
premanhood, noun
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  • He has the soul of a merchant tailor, actually, but not the tailor's manhood.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You were changing from boyhood into manhood, and you were changing without any authority over you.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Was it an instinct, she wondered—a reminder that there was in them material for manhood?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Being taken for a man, brought him back his manhood for a moment.

  • So Claus grew to manhood, increasing each day in knowledge and in wisdom.

British Dictionary definitions for manhood

manhood

/ˈmænhʊd/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being a man or being manly
2.
men collectively
3.
(archaic) the state of being human
4.
(informal, jocular) a euphemism for a man's genitalia
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Word Origin and History for manhood
n.

early 13c., "state of being human," from man (n.) + -hood. Meanings "state of being an adult male," also "manliness," are from late 14c. Similar words in Old English were less explicitly masculine; cf. manscipe "humanity, courtesy," literally "man-ship;" mennisclicnes "state of man, humanity, humaneness, human nature." The more "manly" word was werhad "male sex, virility, manhood" (see first element in werewolf).

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