toxic masculinity

[ tok-sik mas-kyuh-lin-i-tee ]
/ ˈtɒk sɪk ˌmæs kyəˈlɪn ɪ ti /


a cultural concept of manliness that glorifies stoicism, strength, virility, and dominance, and that is socially maladaptive or harmful to mental health: Men and women both suffer when toxic masculinity perpetuates expectations that are restrictive and traumatizing.

Origin of toxic masculinity

First recorded in 1985–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019