mank

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English manken, from Old English mancian, bemancian (to maim, mutilate), of obscure origin. Cognate with Dutch and Middle Low German mank (lame, defective), Middle High German manc (lack, defect). Perhaps from Latin mancus (maimed, crippled, frail, incomplete), from Proto-Indo-European *mank-, *menk- (maimed, mutilation, torment).

Verb[edit]

mank (third-person singular simple present manks, present participle manking, simple past and past participle manked)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To mutilate.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Via Polari, from Italian mancare (to be lacking), from Latin mancus (maimed). See above.

Adjective[edit]

mank (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, slang, originally Polari) Disgusting, repulsive.
    When he eats, he never closes his mouth. It's so mank.
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Noun[edit]

mank (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, slang, originally Polari) Something that is disgusting or manky.
    The plumber had to get all the mank out of the drain.

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mank (comparative manker, superlative mankst)

  1. lame

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of mank
uninflected mank
inflected manke
comparative manker
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial mank manker het mankst
het mankste
indefinite m./f. sing. manke mankere mankste
n. sing. mank manker mankste
plural manke mankere mankste
definite manke mankere mankste
partitive manks mankers

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