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Cultural MasculinityPlay
Often used to praise a man's manliness; can be viewed as old-fashioned or reflecting gender stereotypes. SlideIn that action movie, the lead actor was portrayed as a classic stud.
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Potentially OffensivePlay
When used incorrectly, it can come off as shallow or reducing a person to their looks. SlideCalling your manager a stud might come across as inappropriate.
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Casual ConnotationPlay
Use 'stud' in casual contexts; too informal for professional or academic settings. SlideAt the party, they joked about who was the biggest stud.