From Middle English manken, from Old English mancian, bemancian (“to maim, mutilate”), of obscure origin. Cognate with Dutch and Middle Low German mank (“lame, defective”), Middle High German manc (“lack, defect”). Perhaps from Latin mancus (“maimed, crippled, frail, incomplete”), from Proto-Indo-European *mank-, *menk- (“maimed, mutilation, torment”).
mank (third-person singular simple present manks, present participle manking, simple past and past participle manked)
mank (not comparable)
- (UK, slang, originally Polari) disgusting, repulsive
- When he eats, he never closes his mouth. It's so mank.
- (UK, slang, originally Polari) Something that is disgusting or manky.
- The plumber had to get all the mank out of the drain.
- Rhymes: -ɑŋk