From Old Norse menskr (“human”), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (“human, humanity”), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (“man, human, person”), from Proto-Indo-European *mAnw- (“man”). Cognate with Old English mennisc (“human”).
Menneske is used in many situations where English would preferentially use person or people; for example, Der var alt for mange mennesker i salen "There were far too many humans in the hall". However, it is not synonymous with person because it is not applied to other sapients (e.g. in a science fiction or fantasy setting).
- “menneske” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “menneske” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.