man·hood

man·hood
/ˈmænˌhʊd/ noun
1 [noncount] : the qualities (such as strength and courage) that are expected in a man

He took the comment as a challenge to his manhood.

Boxing was a way for him to prove his manhood. [=to prove that he was a strong/brave man]

2 [noncount] : the state or condition of being an adult man and no longer a boy

He grew from boyhood to manhood in a small southern town.

In his early manhood [=when he was a young man] he decided to become a doctor.

3 [noncount] : adult men

the manhood of a nation

4 [singular] literary + humorous : a man's penis

He wore no clothing except a cloth that hid his manhood.


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