In English, lower case man (pl. men) refers to an adult human male (the term boy is the usual term for a human male child or adolescent). Although men typically have a male reproductive system, some intersex people with ambiguous genitals, and biologically female transgender people, may also be classified or self-identify as a "man".
The term manhood is used to refer to masculinity, the various qualities and characteristics attributed to men such as strength and male sexuality.
Famous quotes containing the word man:
“It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.”
—Aeschylus (525456 B.C.)
“I happened to find
Your picture. That picture. I stopped there cold,
Like a man raking piles of dead leaves in his yard
Who has turned up a severed hand.”
—William Dewitt Snodgrass (b. 1926)
“Oh! mock not the poniarded heart. The stabbed man knows the steel; prate not to him that it is only a ticking feather.”
—Herman Melville (18191891)