Is there an adjective form for the noun testosterone? A word to fill the blanks in:

All of the team’s members are muscly men. It’s a ______ team.

I’d rather not have a phrase if I can help it.

EDIT: To clarify, in this example, the team contains of all men who are strong, aggressive as usually associated with having (too much) testosterone. Or at least they think they do. Actually they're just jerks-slash-bullies. Also, they gave this name to themselves, so maybe there's a bit of boasting in there.

EDIT 2: Since it looks like my example above is somewhat misleading from my intentions covered in my first Edit, here's a revised example:

We are all strong, muscly men. We are the _______ team.

Hopefully now it's clearer that it's a name the team gave themselves, it's a bit boastful, and most importantly, it's a single word.


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A one-word option is testosteronic, defined by Wiktionary as

Relating to testosterone; characterized by aggressive masculinity.

You can see some examples of actual usage at Wordnik.

This way of forming an adjective would fit with testosterone's derivation, according to Wikipedia, from testicle + sterol + ketone (as a corresponding adjective to ketone is ketonic).

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    Hmm, I like the fact that it uses the adjective form of one of its root words. Jan 12 '16 at 12:03
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    This is rarely heard in general speech though (I had never heard it before). Jan 13 '16 at 9:50
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    Somehow that makes it better :D Jan 13 '16 at 14:02

All of the team’s members are muscly men. It’s a macho team.

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    This is by far the most appropriate.
    – BiscuitBoy
    Jan 12 '16 at 13:12
  • Yeah, but refer to the part that they choose this team name for themselves, so there's a bit of boasting inherent in the name. Jan 13 '16 at 0:59
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    @StorymasterQ: Perhaps this works even better: "All of the team’s members are muscly men; they're the Macho Men". Jan 13 '16 at 22:31
  • @StorymasterQ Forget the other answers! "Macho" is the one.
    – SAH
    May 29 '16 at 16:49

How about testosterone itself, i.e.:

All of the team’s members are muscly men. It’s a testosterone team.

English compounds allows you to use every noun as an adjective, if you so wish. Therefore, there is little, if no difference between testosterone team and testosterony team (to pick an example).

  • Hmm, perhaps, but I'd like something grander. Something to evoke the sense of a testosterone-filled team (without being a phrase like testosterone-filled). Jan 12 '16 at 10:43
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    Technically, that is not an adjective, but an attributive noun. Jan 12 '16 at 11:02
  • @reinierpost: Hence “if you so wish”. And I am not the first to call this noun usage adjectival or similar (example).
    – Wrzlprmft
    Jan 12 '16 at 11:09
  • Yes, others dilute terminology all the time. Jan 12 '16 at 11:14
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    @StorymasterQ testosterone-filled isn't technically a phrase.
    – ErikE
    Jan 13 '16 at 18:38



packed: filled with a large amount of something M-W


characterized by brute force without finesse M-W

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    "I’d rather not have a phrase if I can help it." Jan 12 '16 at 12:47
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    @StorymasterQ strictly speaking it's a compound word
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 12 '16 at 18:22

You could consider using testosterone-filled as an adjective. Using "-filled", you could make an adjective as defined in Collins Online Dictionary:

(in combination) filled with the specified object: 'another sunshine-filled day', 'a fun-filled day out', 'flower-filled' and 'smoke-filled'.

Actual usage:

Every team needs a secret weapon. It’s what makes a group special and gives them an added oomph, that extra push that gets them over whatever bumps lie in the road ahead. Even Expendables 2 needed Chuck Norris to make its already testosterone-filled team of balding gunslingers seem unique.


I am not sure if you watched the movie The Expendable, most of the characters are muscly, sometimes jerks-slash-bullies.


It's a ballsy team.

balls·y (bôl′zē) adj. balls·i·er, balls·i·est Vulgar Slang Bold or daring, often in a reckless or aggressive way. [From balls, testicles.]



I'm not sure if it's a word or not, but it's similar in form to "high-octane" so will be easily understood.


A common idiom that immediately sprang to mind for me is testosterone-fuelled (see the usage example for definition 2).

And here's a real example of usage (very similar to your context) in The Tab.


All of the team’s members are muscly men. It’s a testosterone-ridden team.

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    Well, that has a decidedly negative sound, to my ear.
    – Casey
    Jan 13 '16 at 18:26
  • That might actually be what the OP is asking. But most of the other suggestions are more neutral, and I can't imagine someone describing themselves with this adjective.
    – Casey
    Jan 13 '16 at 18:26

All of the team's members are muscly men. It's a machismo team.

Macho is good . . . but machismo is better. It has the negative connotations that you are looking for.


How about simply using: Manly

or something with a slightly more negative connotation: Manly Man/Men


Possibly insufficiently er... macho, but trying to cleave more closely to the OP -

We are all strong, muscly men. We are the Testosteronee team.


If you want a slang term that meatheads would use for their own name: Diesel

We are all strong, muscly men. We are the diesel team.

We are all strong, muscly men. We are Team Diesel.

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