man (“adult male”) + date (“meeting with a romantic partner”)
man date (plural man dates)
- (colloquial) A platonic outing by two (typically straight) men, often in settings that would otherwise be reserved for romantic encounters.
2005 April 10, Jennifer 8. Lee, “The Man Date”, in The New York Times:
Anyone who finds a date with a potential romantic partner to be a minefield of unspoken rules should consider the man date, a rendezvous between two straight men that is even more socially perilous.
2010, Jason Day and Aaron Chronister, BBQ Makes Everything Better, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 17:
We were set up on a man date, and the next thing you know we were cooking for our first competition!
2011, Tod Goldberg, The Bad Beat, Penguin, →ISBN, page 62:
Just three buddies having a Sunday afternoon man date at a faux dive bar.