mennish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛnɪʃ/
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Adjective[edit]

mennish (not comparable)

  1. (rare) Like or characteristic of men. (Also used in compounds.)
    • (Can we date this quote by John Bunyan Robinson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      But Men are Mennish[;] don't seek perfect Men.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jennifer Clare Burke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I hate men and all things mennish!
    • 2010, ‎Elaine Treharne, ‎Greg Walker, The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English, page 496:
      Among numerous other examples, menniscnyss connoted humanity, a state of being among the mennish race; []