Definition of manhood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmænhʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænhʊd//
    Middle age
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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 America. See related entries: Middle age
  2. 2[uncountable] the qualities that a man is supposed to have, for example courage, strength and sexual power Her new-found power was a threat to his manhood.
  3. 3[singular] (literary or humorous) a man’s penis. People use manhood to avoid saying penis.
  4. 4[uncountable] (literary) all the men of a country The nation's manhood died on the battlefields of World War I.
  5. compare womanhood
    Extra examples He grew from adolescence to young manhood. I’ll fight with anyone who questions my manhood. It seemed they were fighting to prove their manhood.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: manhood