[ man-skeyp ]

verb (used with or without object)

, man·scaped, man·scap·ing.
  1. (of a man) to remove (unwanted body hair other than scalp hair) by waxing, shaving, etc.:

    It may be time to manscape your hairy back again.

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The finalists hail from different states and backgrounds, but they all have the same answer for one question: do you manscape?


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What does manscape mean?

To manscape is to remove unwanted body hair from a man’s body.

Manscape can refer to using a razor, wax, cream, or a similar method to remove body hair from places like the neck, back, chest, abdomen, and groin area. Manscaping is done for both comfort and appearance.

Manscape can be used as a synonym for groom meaning to take care of one’s appearance.

Example: If your chest hair is getting caught in zippers, you might want to manscape your chest.

Where does manscape come from?

The first records of manscape are from the 2000s. It combines the terms man and landscape.

Until relatively recently men grooming themselves for comfort or appearance was seen by some as obscene or demeaning, as part of a false stereotype about manliness. The 2003–2007 television series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (relaunched in 2018 as Queer Eye) helped make the idea of manscaping more positive. In the show, a cast of gay men would try to improve the fashion sense and body grooming practices of heterosexual men. In this series, the term manscaping would be used to describe a false stereotype of male body grooming being like landscaping. Now manscaping is more often seen as an acceptable, everyday task, similar to showering and shaving the face.

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What are some other forms related to manscape?

  • manscaping (noun)

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How is manscape used in real life?

Manscape has become acceptable to use when referring to the act of male body grooming in most situations.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for manscape?

A. trim
B. shave
C. groom
D. dress




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