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Blend of man +‎ mistress, not attested before 1980.


manstress (plural manstresses)

  1. (slang) A male equivalent of "mistress"; a male object of one's affections who lies outside of one's primary relationship.
    Tom and Nicole had been married for several years, but it was well known that she was keeping a manstress on the side.
    • Edward P Moser, Words to Live By, published in the Wall Street Journal on the 25th of March, 1997, as quoted by "Dreyfus2u" (username) on the 26th of March, 1997, "Need WSJ article 3-25-97 -- RE: 10 Commandments...", in alt.current-events.clinton.whitewater, Usenet:
      4. Thou shalt commit adultery, or preadultery: If it feeleth good, do it. Particularly if you're French, and keeping a mistress or manstress is expected.