Meaning of menseful in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛnsfʊl/


Scottish, Northern English
  • In keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained.

    ‘she seems a menseful lass’
    • ‘Jane has done her best to make the place menseful.’
    • ‘Just be menseful and stay by the door, and do as I bid thee.’
    • ‘We may note the menseful way in which Beowulf acts as regent for the deceased king's young sons.’
    • ‘When you live in one big room and are as menseful as we two, you must have a place to put all of the things one accumulates.’
    • ‘"Ay," says he, "she looks menseful."’


Late 16th century from mense ‘propriety, decorum’ + -ful.