Meaning of manky in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmaŋki/

Translate manky into Spanish

adjectiveadjective mankier, adjective mankiest

informal British
  • 1Inferior; worthless.

    • ‘he wanted recruits for his manky bee-keeping society’
    • ‘The titles mask more than mere manky hanky panky.’
    • ‘I like being able to work in a manky dressing gown.’
    • ‘After all, a manky mascara can't do much damage, can it?’
    • ‘Admittedly they were a bit manky, but I still felt offended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't understand what made me so desperate to keep some manky old cables and nick-nacks from my desk.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For every chocolate chip cookie, there is a manky wafer biscuit.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Dirty and unpleasant.

    • ‘the man in the manky mackintosh’
    • ‘It was absolutely manky; it was filthy, the engine room, a disgrace actually.’
    • ‘Now, if only somebody would do something about those manky, shabby, urban foxes which keep trashing my dustbin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An ageing weirdo is breeding spiders in his manky old shack.’
    • ‘The bathroom that I share with Paul was manky, so I spent a while cleaning it.’
    • ‘I rescued you from the pound when you were all manky with fleas.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘My little friend was looking decidedly manky and I feared the worst.’
    • ‘With 200 people in one airless room it's getting hot and stale and manky.’
    dirty, filthy, mucky, grimy, grubby, stained, dirt-encrusted, muddy, muddied, unclean, unwashed


1950s perhaps from obsolete mank ‘mutilated, defective’ from Latin mancus ‘maimed’, or a variant of mangy.