From Old Danish mænneskæ, borrowed from Old Saxon mennisko, from Proto-West Germanic *manniskō, cognate with German Mensch, Dutch mens (Swedish människa and late Old Norse manneskja are also borrowed from Old Saxon). The noun is derived form the Germanic adjective *manniskaz (“human”), compare Old Norse menskr, Old English mennisc, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌽𐌹𐍃𐌺𐍃 (mannisks). This adjective is derived from the noun *mann- (“man, human”) (Danish mand).
- human, human being, man (a member of the species Homo sapiens or related prehistoric species of the genus Homo)
- person, people (individuals of all genders and ages)
- Der var alt for mange mennesker i salen
- There were far too many people in the hall
From Old Norse manneskja (“human being”), related to mennskr (“human”), either from Old Saxon mennisk, mennisko (“human being”) or from Old Frisian manniska, menneska (“human being”), both from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (“human being”), from *mann- (“human being, person, man”), from Proto-Indo-European *mon- (“man, human being”) or *men- (“to think, mind, spiritual activity”) + *-iskaz, from Proto-Indo-European *-iskos (suffix).
- “menneske” in The Bokmål Dictionary.