noun, plural he-men. Informal.

a strong, tough, virile man.

Origin of he-man

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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Related Words for he-man

macho, male, hunk, caveman, manly, mannish, muscular, potent, virile, manful

Examples from the Web for he-man

Contemporary Examples of he-man

  • He-Man has the power of Grayskull, and Lion-O has the Sword of Thundera, and there's something to be said for both sides.

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    Just How Wise is the Sage of Omaha?

    Megan McArdle

    December 6, 2012

Historical Examples of he-man

  • 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

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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