Manhood



[man-hoo d] /ˈmæn hʊd/

noun
1.
the state or time of being a or adult male person; male maturity.
2.
traditional manly qualities.
3.
maleness, as distinguished from femaleness.
4.
virility; potency.
5.
male genitalia.
6.
collectively.
7.
the state of being human.
/ˈmænhʊd/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being a man or being manly
2.
men collectively
3.
(archaic) the state of being human
4.
(informal, jocular) a euphemism for a man’s genitalia
n.

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).

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