One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An immature man.
- ‘The manchild smiles slightly, his face illumined from within by love.’
- ‘Armed with this new special knowledge, our manchild again heads for home.’
- ‘Sadly, the lumbering man-child is not ready to return.’
- ‘All Lily wanted was a boyfriend, what she got was a man-child on a mission.’
- ‘Bottoms acted a bit more like a dimwitted manchild, an effect further exacerbated by the fact that he was a 30-year-old man playing a teenager.’
- ‘Mr. Howell, especially, treated the bumbling man-child like he was sub-human.’
- ‘That is now his job, and in the case of the man-child sitting across from him, there was much he could have said.’
- ‘But you get the feeling that the wizardly manchild is indefatigable.’
- ‘The discrepancy between sporting high-achiever and sulking man-child was never more evident.’
- ‘As the overgrown man-child Adam, he won hearts with his pursuit of Helen Baxendale through six series until her brutal connection with the front end of a truck.’
- ‘Boy, being the office manchild sure is tough, isn't it?’
- ‘It felt good to throw someone completely off - and that was obviously the case here with this man-child.’
- ‘A man-child with a high-pitched voice, his brilliant acidic wit shields the petrified innocence of someone incompetent at everything except moving furniture and writing.’
- ‘In interviews recently, the eternal manchild has sounded… not quite dull, exactly, but aware of his receding popularity.’
- ‘This intellectually deficient, petulent man-child was exactly what he appeared to be and his inept, arrogant administration is a perfect reflection of him.’
- ‘Mr. Bean is nothing if not the modern realization of the Faulknerian idiot manchild.’
- ‘This album is full of self-pitying dirges which give the impression of a slightly sad man-child sulking about girls in his bedroom.’
- ‘Go vote and let the man-child know what you think of his performance so far.’
- ‘It is proving a big leap, this transition from man-child to leading light in the athletics firmament.’
- ‘In Talk To Her he is greatly aided by the performance of Camara who plays Benigno as an innocent man child devoid of guile of malice.’
- 1.1archaic A male child.
- ‘Holly describes it as the naked figure of a beautiful woman shrouded by her beating wings as she lifts the man-child away from some evil which has terrified him.’
- ‘For I will never destroy what I shall have brought forth, especially if it is a man-child.’
- ‘All men children of that time were accordingly named Samuel.’
- ‘She labors to bear a man, and among the waves of death she gives birth to a manchild, with pains of Hell.’
- ‘It was a man child that the girl had.’
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