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noun, plural he-men. Informal.
  1. a strong, tough, virile man.
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Origin of he-man

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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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."


    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

British Dictionary definitions for he-man


noun plural -men
  1. informal a strongly built muscular man
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Word Origin and History for he-man


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

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