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Definition of manhood noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state or time of being an adult man rather than a boy to reach manhood His youth and early manhood were spent in Canada.
  2. 2[uncountable] the qualities that a man is supposed to have, for example courage, strength, and sexual power Her newfound power was a threat to his manhood.
  3. 3[singular] (literary or humorous) a man's penis. People usemanhoodto avoid sayingpenis.
  4. 4[uncountable] (literary) all the men of a country The nation's manhood died on the battlefields of World War I. compare womanhood
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