- of or relating to the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, or their language.
- (used with a plural verb) the inhabitants of the Isle of Man.
- the Gaelic of the Isle of Man, virtually extinct.
Origin of Manx
1565–75; syncopated and metathesized form of earlier Manisk(e) < Old Norse manskr of the Isle of Man, equivalent to Man name of the island + -skr adj. suffix denoting origin (see -ish1)
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Examples from the Web for manx
The Manx cat is considered by many people as a natural curiosity.
The Manx cat came from the Isle of Man originally, and is a distinct breed.
The Manx fishermen have some curious sayings about herrings.Storyology
This was Jonaique Jelly, barber, clock-mender, and Manx patriot.
Then he always taught the Church catechism and swore at his boys in Manx.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, their language, or their dialect of English
- a language of the Isle of Man, belonging to the N Celtic branch of the Indo-European family and closely related to Scottish Gaelic
- (functioning as plural) the people of the Isle of Man
C16: earlier Maniske, from Scandinavian, from Mana Isle of Man + -iske -ish
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Word Origin and History for manx
1798, earlier Manks (1620s), metathesized from Maniske (1570s) "of the Isle of Man," from Old Norse *manskr, from Man (from Old Irish Manu "Isle of Man") + suffix -iskr "ish." Manx cat, without a tail, first attested 1843.
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