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or man·child

noun, plural men-chil·dren.
  1. a male child; boy; son.
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Origin of man-child

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for manchild

Historical Examples

  • Naturs a mystery, thats for certain—to turn off a manchild upon a godfayther, and rather to list nor to go hoam!

    The House on the Moor, v. 1/3

    Mrs. Oliphant

  • And when the dragon saw that he was cast into the earth, he persecuted the woman, which brought forth the manchild.

  • He sent the manchild unto the rajah and kept the girl, who was reared as his own daughter.

    Indian Myth and Legend

    Donald Alexander Mackenzie

Word Origin and History for manchild


also man-child, "male child, male infant," c.1400, from man (n.) + child.

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