Is there an accepted word that means a man (boy) ready for marriage?

I only found sites having nubile males or faunlets as near alternatives.

  • stripling - a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity – Kris Jul 1 '14 at 5:22
  • Of course, the age at which many males of our species do marry, and the age at which they are emotionally and morally ready for marriage, tend to diverge wildly. – Brian Donovan Jul 1 '14 at 5:57
  • 'Strapping'? @Kris 'stripling' sounds more negative, 'a mere stripling'. – Mitch May 13 '15 at 20:32
  • @BrianDonovan as does the age at which they can be ready - we often presume this sort of maturity comes from biology, but at least in modern culture it is dominated by cultural factors – otakucode Dec 1 '15 at 12:48

Stripling. OED:

A youth, one just passing from boyhood to manhood.

Since nubile is so often used salaciously, this is a particularly zesty male equivalent.

If you want to go classical, try ephebe or ephebus.

  • There's nothing much zesty about 'stripling' as 'nubile' is today. See usage examples. – Kris Jul 1 '14 at 9:47

There is not an exact male equivalent of nubile for the sense of being ready for marriage.

You can use marriageable as a gender neutral word. Nubile comes from Latin nubilis which means marriageable.

Today, nubile is used for "young and sexually attractive" woman. In the past, it had been used in the same meaning as in Latin, but now this use is only found in technical contexts.

protected by Mitch May 13 '15 at 20:31

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