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From Old Irish sen, from Proto-Celtic *senos (compare Welsh hen), from Proto-Indo-European *sénos (old).


shenn (comparative shinney)

  1. old
    Cha nel ee cha shenn as shen.She isn't so very old.
    Hie yn shenn dooinney dy lhie.The old man took to his bed.
    Keayrt va mee aeg as nish ta mee shenn.Once I was young and now I am old.
    She'n shenn skeeal reesht eh.It's the same old story.

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike most Manx adjectives, shenn precedes the noun, and lenites it where applicable.


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
shenn henn
after "yn", çhenn
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.