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Modern uses are probably men +‎ -ish; older ones may be from Middle English mennish(human), from Old English mennisc(human; natural; humane), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz(human, humanity), from Proto-Germanic *mann-(man, human, person), from Proto-Indo-European *mAnw-(man).

Cognate with Old Saxon mennisc, Old High German menniscer, Old Norse menskr, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌽𐌹𐍃𐌺𐍃(mannisks). More at man, mannish.


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mennish ‎(not comparable)

  1. (rare) Like or characteristic of men. (Also used in compounds.)
    • John Bunyan Robinson:
      But Men are Mennish[;] don't seek perfect Men.
    • Jennifer Clare Burke:
      I hate men and all things mennish!