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From Middle English manhode, also manhede, from man + -hede ‎(-head), equivalent to man +‎ -hood. Cognate with Middle Low German manheit ‎(manhood), German Mannheit ‎(manhood). More at man, -head, -hood.


manhood ‎(countable and uncountable, plural manhoods)

  1. The state of being man as a human being.
    He feared the speedy decline of all manhood.
  2. State of being a man as distinguished from a child or a woman.
    A strapping youth poised on the brink of manhood.
  3. The qualities ascribed to manliness; courage; bravery; resolve.
  4. (euphemistic) The male genitalia.
    She spied on him in the shower and glimpsed his manhood.
  5. Men, considered as a group.



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