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( man child plural man children or ) men children
( archaic ) A young male human; a boy.
1611, King James Bible, Book of Leviticus, 12:2:
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a
man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
( colloquial , generally derogatory ) An adult male considered childish or immature.
2004, Glen Macnow & Angelo Cataldi, The Great Philadelphia Sports Debate, Middle Atlantic Press (2004), ISBN 0975441914, page 161:
In the end, Brown said he just couldn't stand another day of trying to run a team with two sets of rules — one for 11 players and the other for the
( colloquial ) of a boy or young male teenager, particularly an athlete: being physically large or tall, having the physical appearance of an adult male.
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