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What is the deffinition of a man?

Asked by steempy (22points) February 16th, 2011

What characteristics do you guys think define a man? For me a man is kind, courteous, loyal, honest, and sticks to their word.

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Coloma's avatar

The same characteristics that define a woman of integrity.

Honesty, courage, morality, ethics, emotional and mental solvency.

erichw1504's avatar


- noun
1. one who drinks beer.

thorninmud's avatar

Just to clarify, those who don’t qualify as “men” would be what?

Kardamom's avatar

I think the definition for a “good man” is the same as the definition for a “good woman” A person who is fair and compassionate and polite and works hard and does the best he or she can under the circumstances and tries to help those who are less fortunate (people and creatures).

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

A human that has been gendered as a man, must fit into gender roles, may not like said gender roles.

Scooby's avatar

I booked a table for valentines, for myself & a friend.. I found out to late that she wasn’t keen on snooker… :-/

Oh well!!.............

glenjamin's avatar

Well, “In the days of my youth, I was told what it means to be a man.

Now I’ve reached that age….........” Led Zeppelin

Well actually I have to define it for myself. My dad’s view is something different, like he thinks men should be able to fix cars, while women are supposed to just drive them (sexist as you can see). For me, the answer to this question is constantly changing as life unfolds; as time goes on I will find more and more things that I must do to maintain my integrity as a “man,” by my own standards. I don’t think there are clear cut answers, everybody will tell you something different. I will chime in again but now I have to shut down my computer.

ucme's avatar

The ability to crack nuts in his/my butt cheeks. Now let’s give this a try, okay…..steady away…. & clench…...OWWWwwwwww !!! Okay maybe i’m not all man then. So what, see if I care :¬(

josie's avatar

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

If – Rudyard Kipling

funkdaddy's avatar

@josie – my favorite, perfect for getting fired up on Friday mornings

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Well, I was TOTALLY the man yesterday! I put aside my jayjay and breasts, strapped on the man package and got to work. I purchased a new dryer, brought it home, and hooked the entire thing up myself!

I grunted while using my tools and cursed like a man when I scraped my knuckle. I was so proud of my manpower, I even scratched myself and peed outside. It was a great day!

blueiiznh's avatar

This seems to be a repeating questions.
Here is the link to the other same or similar questions.
happy reading What is a man

dreamer31's avatar

@josie GA
@willworkforchocolate I read yours and had to edit my response. Hilarious, I know a few!

6rant6's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Ah, but did you leave a mess behind you?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@6rant6 Maybe a little bit of one… Some of the tools are still sitting out, my dirty towel is draped over the lawnmower, and there are beer cans everywhere. Do I pass the test?

downtide's avatar

An adult male member of the species Homo sapiens.
Everything else (even chromosomes) is optional – whatever qualities you can think of, you’ll find some men that don’t posess it and some women who do.

hobbitsubculture's avatar

A social construct composed from some combination of the following: burliness, stoicism, handiness, and the ability to make money or otherwise provide.

If we’re talking about a real man, then the definition would also include the ability to take a punch, some concept of chivalry, and powerful love-making capabilities.

Basically, what @downtide said.

6rant6's avatar

@hobbitsubculture Yeah, that Stephen Hawking – so girly.

Summum's avatar

A man/woman is someone that is teachable.

6rant6's avatar

@Summum Are you sure that’s not a German Shepard?

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