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1Inferior; worthless.‘he wanted recruits for his manky bee-keeping society’
- ‘There's no point throwing a tantrum if the promised treasure wreck turns out to be a wreck-shaped boulder or a manky old barge.’
- ‘I am sure we all know stories of anglers who have caught good fish on manky bait, but it is the exception; big juicy baits that ooze scent and look good enough to eat are what is required for cod.’
- ‘After all, a manky mascara can't do much damage, can it?’
- ‘The titles mask more than mere manky hanky panky.’
- ‘My most feeble Harvest Festival gift was a few apples harvested from our manky back garden tree and a nearly unopened jar of raspberry jam.’
- ‘Admittedly they were a bit manky, but I still felt offended.’
- ‘On top of the table is a reasonably substantial amount of cash in notes, coins and IOUs, and beside it a manky old duffel bag destined to carry home someone's winnings.’
- ‘For every chocolate chip cookie, there is a manky wafer biscuit.’
- ‘I like being able to work in a manky dressing gown.’
- ‘I can't understand what made me so desperate to keep some manky old cables and nick-nacks from my desk.’
2Dirty and unpleasant.‘the man in the manky mackintosh’
dirty, filthy, mucky, grimy, grubby, stained, dirt-encrusted, muddy, muddied, unclean, unwashedView synonyms
- ‘An ageing weirdo is breeding spiders in his manky old shack.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The bathroom that I share with Paul was manky, so I spent a while cleaning it.’
- ‘It was absolutely manky; it was filthy, the engine room, a disgrace actually.’
- ‘With 200 people in one airless room it's getting hot and stale and manky.’
- ‘My little friend was looking decidedly manky and I feared the worst.’
- ‘I rescued you from the pound when you were all manky with fleas.’
- ‘I had to comb the shops for two days until I finally found one in Huntly - a manky, mottled looking thing, with the skin of a toad.’
- ‘A really manky pigeon had mistakenly fluttered inside the pub and was flapping in some women's faces.’
- ‘I would recommend getting two of whatever you decide on - they get pretty manky and it's nice to be able to pop one in the wash!’
- ‘Now, if only somebody would do something about those manky, shabby, urban foxes which keep trashing my dustbin.’
1950s: probably from obsolete mank mutilated, defective, from Old French manque, from Latin mancus maimed.
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