mensk

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From an early Scandinavian form (compare Old Norse menskr (human)), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (human). Compare mannish. Cognate with Dutch mens (human, humanity), German Mensch (man, human), Danish menneske (human), Swedish människa (human, human being, person), Icelandic manneskju (person, human being). See also mense, mennish.

Adjective[edit]

mensk (comparative more mensk, superlative most mensk)

  1. (obsolete) Honourable. [14th-15th c.]

Noun[edit]

mensk (uncountable)

  1. (now rare, archaic) Dignity, honour. [from 13th c.]
    • 2015, LT Wolf, The World King, fiction, ISBN 978-1-312-37454-6:
      … it’s not about mensk as they say it is, but it is truly about some twisted, dumb, and unmanly pride.

Verb[edit]

mensk (third-person singular simple present mensks, present participle mensking, simple past and past participle mensked)

  1. (obsolete) To honour, dignify. [13th-16th c.]
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, III:
      Ȝit I may as I myȝte · menske þe with ȝiftes / And mayntene þi manhode · more þan þow knoweste.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse menskr (human), from Proto-Germanic *manniskaz (human). Cognate with Old English mennisc (human). More at mennish.

Adjective[edit]

mensk

  1. honorable, praiseworthy; beautiful; human
    More mensk it is manliche to deie þan for to fle couwarli — William of Palerne, 1375

Noun[edit]

mensk (plural mensken)

  1. honor, repute; kindness, dignity, humanity; beauty, fairness
    Ase feole siðen as þu ouerkimest him, ase feole crunen, þet is to seggen, ase feole mensken of misliche murhðen. — Ancrene Wisse, c1230
    (but as many times as you overcome him, as many crowns, that is to say, so many honors of various joys.)
    Amid te menske of þi neb, þet is, þe fehereste deal … — Ancrene Wisse, c1230
    (Amid the beauty of thy face, that is, the fairest part …)
    To saue ᵹour mensk, I wol ᵹow telle tiᵹtly what turn sche as wrouᵹt. — William of Palerne, 1375

Verb[edit]

mensk (third-person singular simple present mensketh, present participle menskende, simple past and past participle mensked)

  1. to honor, glorify, worship
    It sall ger hir be ful fain / To mensk oure goddes with al hir main. — Northern Homily Cycle, 1425

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References[edit]

  • mensk in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • Middle English Dictionary