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Definitions for manhood
ˈmæn hʊdman·hood

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manhoodnoun

    the state of being a man; manly qualities

  2. humanness, humanity, manhoodnoun

    the quality of being human

    "he feared the speedy decline of all manhood"

  3. manhoodnoun

    the status of being a man


  1. Manhoodnoun

    The genitalia of a male human.

  2. Manhoodnoun

    The condition of being a human being.


  1. manhoodnoun

    The state of being man as a human being.

    He feared the speedy decline of all manhood.

  2. manhoodnoun

    State of being a man as distinguished from a child or a woman.

    A strapping youth poised on the brink of manhood.

  3. manhoodnoun

    The qualities ascribed to manliness; courage; bravery; resolve.

  4. manhoodnoun

    The male genitalia.

    She spied on him in the shower and glimpsed his manhood.

  5. manhoodnoun

    Men, considered as a group.

  6. Etymology: From manhode, also manhede, from man + -hede, equivalent to. Cognate with manheit, Mannheit. More at man, -head, -hood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Manhoodnoun

    Etymology: from man.

    In Seth was the church of God established; from whom Christ descended, as touching his manhood. Walter Raleigh.

    Not therefore joins the son
    Manhood to Godhead, with more strength to foil
    Thy enemy. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    ’Tis in my pow’r to be a sovereign now,
    And, knowing more, to make his manhood bow. Dryden.

    Tetchy and wayward was thy infancy;
    Thy school-days frightful, desp’rate, wild and furious;
    Thy prime of manhood daring, bold and venturous. William Shakespeare.

    By fraud or force the suitor train destroy,
    And starting into manhood, scorn the boy. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Nothing so hard but his valour overcame; which he so guided with virtue, that although no man was spoken of but he for manhood, he was called the courteous Amphialus. Philip Sidney.


  1. manhood

    A man is an adult male human. Prior to adulthood, a male human is referred to as a boy (a male child or adolescent). Like most other male mammals, a man's genome usually inherits an X chromosome from the mother and a Y chromosome from the father. Sex differentiation of the male fetus is governed by the SRY gene on the Y chromosome. During puberty, hormones which stimulate androgen production result in the development of secondary sexual characteristics, thus exhibiting greater differences between the sexes. These include greater muscle mass, the growth of facial hair and a lower body fat composition. Male anatomy is distinguished from female anatomy by the male reproductive system, which includes the penis, testicles, sperm duct, prostate gland and the epididymis, and by secondary sex characteristics, including a narrower pelvis, narrower hips, and smaller breasts without mammary glands. Throughout human history, traditional gender roles have often defined and limited men's activities and opportunities. Men often face conscription into military service or are directed into professions with high mortality rates, resulting in a shorter life expectancy than women. Many religious doctrines stipulate certain rules for men, such as forced circumcision. Men are over-represented as both perpetrators and victims of violence. Trans men have a gender identity that does not align with their female sex assignment at birth, while intersex men may have sex characteristics that do not fit typical notions of male biology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manhoodnoun

    the state of being man as a human being, or man as distinguished from a child or a woman

  2. Manhoodnoun

    manly quality; courage; bravery; resolution

  3. Etymology: [Man- + -hood.]

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  1. dhamnoo

  2. hoodman

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manhood in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manhood in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of manhood in a Sentence

  1. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    Peace hath higher tests of manhood than battle ever knew.

  2. Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

    The man, most man, works best for men: and, if most man indeed, he gets his manhood plainest from his soul.

  3. Orison Swett Marden:

    This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?

  4. James Mattis:

    You got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.

  5. But Stratton:

    It was very difficult for him to ask his father permission to leave [the lifestyle], his father wasn’t happy about it. In the tape, you can see his father basically ripping through Junior. ‘Where’s your dignity? Where’s your manhood?’ But then he changes at a certain point. He becomes a father, instead of the godfather and the boss of the Gambino family. He understand that the life he led can go one or two ways. You die in prison or you die on the street.

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