One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A nonsense word invented by Lewis Carroll to describe the Jabberwock (an imaginary monster in the poem ‘Jabberwocky’): (perhaps) fearsome, monstrous.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in ‘Lewis Carroll’ (1832–1898), author, mathematician, and photographer (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). From mank- + -some.
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