One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she liked to read about strong, virile heroes’
manly, masculine, male, all-male
gallant, chivalrous, swashbuckling, valiant, valorous, courageous, brave, intrepid, fearless, stout-hearted, lionhearted, bold, heroic, daring
strong, tough, vigorous, robust, powerfully built, well made, well built, muscular, muscly, brawny, rugged, strapping, sturdy, hefty, husky, burly, solid, substantial
red-blooded, sexually potent, fertile, fecund
informal macho, laddish, butch, beefy, hunky, studly, ripped, shredded
North American informal buff
US informal jacked
unmanly, effeminate, weak
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