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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.