Definition of manky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋki/

adjective (mankier, mankiest)

British informal
1Inferior; worthless: he wanted recruits for his manky bee-keeping society
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  • The titles mask more than mere manky hanky panky.
  • I like being able to work in a manky dressing gown.
  • After all, a manky mascara can't do much damage, can it?
2Dirty and unpleasant: the man in the manky mackintosh
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  • It was absolutely manky; it was filthy, the engine room, a disgrace actually.
  • Now, if only somebody would do something about those manky, shabby, urban foxes which keep trashing my dustbin.
  • Having completed the painting and got hardly any orange paint in my hair, I took a long hard look and realised that the kitchen tiles looked manky.


1950s: probably from obsolete mank 'mutilated, defective', from Old French manque, from Latin mancus 'maimed'.

  • This word meaning ‘inferior, worthless, off-colour’ is probably from obsolete mank ‘mutilated, defective’, from Old French manque ‘lack’, from Latin mancus ‘maimed’.

Words that rhyme with manky

cranky, Frankie, hanky, hanky-panky, lanky, swanky, Yankee

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