Definition of Manx in English:



  • Relating to the Isle of Man.

    • ‘In order to present Manx nationalism as a viable course, it was essential that Mannin was not only professional in the quality of its content, but also in its presentation.’
    • ‘The strength of Peel's links with this industry accounts for claims that Peel was Manx Gaelic-speaking for longer than other urban areas.’
    • ‘After all, little is widely known about the Manx revival of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century in general.’
    • ‘Now, he will see the Manx roads from the driving seat of the Porsche.’
    • ‘It should be noted, however, that Morrison was a determined promoter of Manx music in the form of publications, competition material and popular entertainments.’
    • ‘It would be certain death for Prince William to leave the protection of Thistlewaite Hall and make his rightful claim to the Manx throne.’
    • ‘Not everyone entering the Manx GP does so with the serious intention of winning.’
    • ‘Mr Owen died last August at the Port Erin Sprint during the Manx Grand Prix.’
    • ‘There is also a concession that allows property owners to be resident on the island for up to four months in any two consecutive years without becoming liable for Manx income tax.’
    • ‘He was appointed honorary pathologist for the island before resigning to serve as medical officer with the Manx regiment from 1939 to 1944.’
    • ‘Hangover gone, we headed to the small fishing port of Peel for a trip to the House of Manannan, an award winning £6m heritage centre detailing Manx history.’
    • ‘Wait until she feels the noose tighten about her neck and Manx arrows pierce her cold heart upon the walls of Peel!’
    • ‘It is also thought to be the first time one has been found in Manx waters.’
    • ‘For more than a week, the Manx fleet had been grounded after being excluded from the scheme to keep airlines flying.’
    • ‘Because the boat sank in Isle of Man waters, the Manx government has jurisdiction over the investigation.’
    • ‘Indeed, the Attorney-General for the Isle of Man mentioned that, for many years, the provisions of Manx legislation concerning judicial corporal punishment had been under review.’
    • ‘There is a view that a high value market could be developed in Spain, so that Manx fishermen could explore new opportunities.’
    • ‘‘They were no trouble for the Manx police,’ he recalls with a smile.’
    • ‘The memory of such a ruler would be likely to survive in tradition, and it seems probable therefore that he is the person commemorated in Manx legend under the name of King Gorse or Orry.’
    • ‘As I have already described, the trust was an English law governed trust with Manx trustees (at least as set up).’


  • 1mass noun The Celtic language formerly spoken in the Isle of Man.

    • ‘Roeder wasted no time in asking her to collect ‘a lot of words, terms, phrases in Manx used by the Peel fishermen: a thing which has not been attended to by any one!’’
    • ‘Celtic languages, Erse, Gaelic, Manx, and Welsh, continue to be spoken in Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and Wales.’
    • ‘In this respect, Welsh was luckier than its sister-tongue, Manx, which had been almost completely eradicated by the beginning of the 20th century.’
    • ‘What do Manx, Faeroese, Gaelic, Welsh, Hebrew, Yiddish and Mohawk all share?’
    • ‘The Manx Society has sought to sustain Manx as the second language of the island.’
  • 2the ManxManx people collectively.

    • ‘The nightlife isn't diverse, or even very good, but the Manx throw themselves into their evenings and weekends with the enthusiasm of people semi-trapped on an island.’
    • ‘If the Manx were still facing problems in 1914, the development of Mannin would have been key in countering this image of the Island as a county of England.’
    • ‘By 1100, the awareness of urbanized life had certainly arrived amongst many of the Scots, Irish, Manx, and Welsh, even if the experience was largely yet to come.’


From Old Norse, from Old Irish Manu ‘Isle of Man’ + -skr (equivalent of -ish).