manimal

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Etymology[edit]

Blend of man and animal

Noun[edit]

manimal (plural manimals)

  1. (informal) A fanciful life form that is part human and part beast; a creature recognizable as human but possessing physical or primitive behavioral characteristics that are exclusive to animals.
    • 2004 January 1, Christopher Miles, “Kori Newkirk; the project”, Artforum International Magazine
      Standing naked against a wintry landscape, the figure became a screen for the projection of identities--beast, bigfoot, manimal, specter, even, to use a word Newkirk's work encourages one to use in all its dangerousness, spook.
    • 2006 February 1, Paul Z. Myers, Pharyngula, ScienceBlogs
      President panders to anti-manimal lobby! Dr Moreau flees country in rage!
    • 2006 February 4, Charlie Pierce, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, National Public Radio
      Two years ago we were going to Mars, and that sort of didn't happen...and now there's, like, manimal.
  2. (slang, by analogy) A person compared to such a creature, especially an unkempt and uncivilized, or strong and sexually aggressive man.
    • 2004 January 1, Michael Burnett, “Tumyeto army”, Thrasher, High Speed Productions, Inc.
      Layton smacked his head hard on a front feeble, but bounced back up to get the make. That kid's a manimal.
      "Oh, he's so on the team," Diego kept saying.

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