[man-hoo d]


Origin of manhood

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at man1, -hood
Related formspre·man·hood, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • He has the soul of a merchant tailor, actually, but not the tailor's manhood.

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  • You were changing from boyhood into manhood, and you were changing without any authority over you.

  • Was it an instinct, she wondered—a reminder that there was in them material for manhood?

  • Being taken for a man, brought him back his manhood for a moment.

  • In this teaching, and marvelling ever at its beauty, Edward grew to manhood.

British Dictionary definitions for manhood



the state or quality of being a man or being manly
men collectively
archaic the state of being human
informal, jocular a euphemism for a man's genitalia
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Word Origin and History for manhood

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper