Manx

Manx

[mangks]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun
2.
(used with a plural verb) the inhabitants of the Isle of Man.
3.
the gaelic of the Isle of Man, virtually extinct.

Origin:
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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Manx (mæŋks)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, their language, or their dialect of English
 
n
2.  a language of the Isle of Man, belonging to the N Celtic branch of the Indo-European family and closely related to Scottish Gaelic
3.  (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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Manx
1859, earlier Manks (1630), metathesized from Maniske (1572) "of the Isle of Man," from O.N. *manskr, from Man (from O.Ir. Manu "Isle of Man") + suffix -iskr "ish." Manx cat first attested 1859.
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