[man-ouuh r, -ou-er]
  1. a unit of measurement, especially in accountancy, based on an ideal amount of work accomplished by one person in an hour. Abbreviation: man-hr

Origin of man-hour

First recorded in 1915–20

man of the hour

  1. a man who is honored by a group.
  2. a man who is currently the most important or most admired. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for man-hour


  1. a unit for measuring work in industry, equal to the work done by one man in one hour
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