mannish

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mannisshe, mannysh, from earlier mennish (human", also "humanity, mankind), from Old English mennisc (human, natural, humane", also "mankind, humnan race), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (human, humanity), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (man, human, person), from Proto-Indo-European *mAnw- (man), equivalent to man +‎ -ish. Cognate with Dutch mens (human), German Mensch (human being), Danish mennesk (human), Icelandic manneskju (person, human being). More at man, mennish.

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Adjective[edit]

mannish (comparative more mannish, superlative most mannish)

  1. Resembling or characteristic of a man, an adult male.
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    • Shakespeare
      A woman impudent and mannish grown.
  2. (obsolete) Resembling a human being in form or nature; human.
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    • Gower
      But yet it was a figure / Most like to mannish creature.
  3. (obsolete, of a woman) Fond of men.
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