Definition of Manx in English:



  • Relating to the Isle of Man.

    • ‘Wait until she feels the noose tighten about her neck and Manx arrows pierce her cold heart upon the walls of Peel!’
    • ‘It would be certain death for Prince William to leave the protection of Thistlewaite Hall and make his rightful claim to the Manx throne.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For more than a week, the Manx fleet had been grounded after being excluded from the scheme to keep airlines flying.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘There is a view that a high value market could be developed in Spain, so that Manx fishermen could explore new opportunities.’
    • ‘Mr Owen died last August at the Port Erin Sprint during the Manx Grand Prix.’
    • ‘It is also thought to be the first time one has been found in Manx waters.’
    • ‘As I have already described, the trust was an English law governed trust with Manx trustees (at least as set up).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because the boat sank in Isle of Man waters, the Manx government has jurisdiction over the investigation.’
    • ‘‘They were no trouble for the Manx police,’ he recalls with a smile.’
    • ‘After all, little is widely known about the Manx revival of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century in general.’
    • ‘The strength of Peel's links with this industry accounts for claims that Peel was Manx Gaelic-speaking for longer than other urban areas.’
    • ‘Now, he will see the Manx roads from the driving seat of the Porsche.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It should be noted, however, that Morrison was a determined promoter of Manx music in the form of publications, competition material and popular entertainments.’
    • ‘He was appointed honorary pathologist for the island before resigning to serve as medical officer with the Manx regiment from 1939 to 1944.’
    • ‘Not everyone entering the Manx GP does so with the serious intention of winning.’


  • 1The Goidelic 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!’’
    • ‘The Manx Society has sought to sustain Manx as the second language of the island.’
    • ‘What do Manx, Faeroese, Gaelic, Welsh, Hebrew, Yiddish and Mohawk all share?’
    • ‘In this respect, Welsh was luckier than its sister-tongue, Manx, which had been almost completely eradicated by the beginning of the 20th century.’
    • ‘Celtic languages, Erse, Gaelic, Manx, and Welsh, continue to be spoken in Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and Wales.’
  • 2the ManxManx people collectively.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).