adjective (mankier, mankiest)British • informal
- 1Inferior; worthless: he wanted recruits for his manky bee-keeping societyMore example sentences
- 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 mackintoshMore example sentences
- 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'.