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Etymology 1[edit]

From every man Jack.


manjack (plural manjacks)

  1. (Caribbean) A person; the average or common person; anybody.
    • 1990, The Caribbean writer, volume 5, page 92:
      Manjack see her and stagger, and as if to justify he staggering, he lean over to me and whisper: "Let we fire some rum." I tell he let we get pass the introductions first.
    • 2013, Robert L. Buyer and Ursula T. Coute, Following the North Star, page 26:
      The box was jam packed full o' gifts for each manjack of us: razors, aftershave, toothbrushes, an' books.

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


manjack (uncountable)

  1. (geology) A form of bitumen-rich asphalt found in Barbados and Trinidad.
    Synonyms: glance pitch
    • 1915, Mining and Scientific Press, volume 111, page 86:
      In outward form and general appearance manjack is not unlike fine coal and is essentially a bituminous substance.
    • 1922, Intermountain Industry and Engineering: Official Publication: Utah Motor Transport Ass'n, volume 24:
      Oil-shales are often the last relics of a former impregnation with petroleum; they are associated with phenomena—such as the intrusive asphaltites or manjacks—common to petroliferous regions, but in many cases the parent oilfields, the sources of the former impregnation, are things of the past.
    • 1996, George E. Higgins, A History of Trinidad Oil, page 24:
      Manjack is the local name give to a naturally occurring variety of bitumen that was first mined in Trinidad just before the turn of the century. It has been variously spelt Manjac, Manjak, Munjac or Munjack.

Etymology 3[edit]


manjack (plural manjacks)

  1. Various plants in the genus Cordia.
    • 2002, U.S. Virgin Islands: A Guide to National Parklands in the United States Virgin Islands:
      Buck Island's uplands forest cover also includes frangipani, turpentine, Jamaican caper, manjack, Ginger Thomas, and water mampoo trees.
    • 2003, Maryse Conde, Windward Heights:
      It was unsigned and merely ordered: Meet me under the great manjack tree. Lucinda did not need a signature.
    • 2008, Taiwan Literature, English Translation Series - Issues 22-23, page 88:
      Amid the scenery, the manjack tree grew quite low. Although it didn't grow very tall, its branches extended over two-thirds of the river in a daring, if not overbearing, fashion.

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  • Richard Allsopp, Jeannette Allsopp. Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage. 2003. p. 369.