manhood

[man-hood]
noun
1.
the state or time of being a man or adult male person; male maturity.
2.
traditional manly qualities.
3.
maleness, as distinguished from femaleness.
4.
virility; potency.
5.
male genitalia.
6.
men collectively.
7.
the state of being human.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English; see man1, -hood

premanhood, noun
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manhood (ˈmænhʊd)
 
n
1.  the state or quality of being a man or being manly
2.  men collectively
3.  archaic the state of being human
4.  informal, jocular a euphemism for a man's genitalia

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manhood
early 13c., "state of being human," from man (n.) + -hood. Meanings "state of being an adult male," also "manliness," are from late 14c.
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Example sentences
They see his dignity, his manhood, his stylish dress.
The goatee was gone, but the thin wisp of a moustache was evidence of my
  longing for manhood.
To accept and embrace physical discomfort as the path to manhood is not silly
  at all.
For some sound junkies, the size of the stereo and the girth of the speakers
  are the measures of manhood.
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