Manx

[mangks]
noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) the inhabitants of the Isle of Man.
  2. 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

Historical Examples of manx

  • The Manx cat is considered by many people as a natural curiosity.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • The Manx cat came from the Isle of Man originally, and is a distinct breed.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • The Manx fishermen have some curious sayings about herrings.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor

  • This was Jonaique Jelly, barber, clock-mender, and Manx patriot.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Then he always taught the Church catechism and swore at his boys in Manx.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for manx

Manx

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, their language, or their dialect of English
noun
  1. a language of the Isle of Man, belonging to the N Celtic branch of the Indo-European family and closely related to Scottish Gaelic
  2. (functioning as plural) the people of the Isle of Man

Word Origin for Manx

C16: earlier Maniske, from Scandinavian, from Mana Isle of Man + -iske -ish
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Word Origin and History for manx

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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