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Men

English

Etymology

From Middle English men, from Old English menn ("people"), from Proto-Germanic *manniz, nominative plural of Proto-Germanic *mann- ("person"). Cognate with German Männer ("men"), Danish mænd ("men"), Swedish män ("men"). More at man.

Pronunciation

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Noun

men

  1. plural of man
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0105:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. [...] Indeed, all his features were in large mold, like the man himself, as though he had come from a day when skin garments made the proper garb of men.
  2. (collective) (The) people, humanity.
  3. (collective, military) enlisted personnel (as opposed to commissioned officers).

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Basque

Noun

men

  1. A command

Chuukese

Adverb

men

  1. softer form of fakkun ("very")

Crimean Tatar

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *ben ("I"). Compare Turkish ben ("I").

Pronoun

men (plural biz, possessive adjective menim)

  1. (personal) I (first-person singular)

Inflection

object me: maña
reflexive myself: özüm
possessive mine, my: menim

Danish

Etymology 1

From Old Norse mein, from Proto-Germanic *main? ("damage, hurt, injustice, sin").

Pronunciation

Noun

men or mén n or c (singular definite menet or menen, plural indefinite men, plural definite menene)

  1. injury

Etymology 2

Same origin as Old Norse meðan ("while").

Pronunciation

Conjunction

men

  1. but
  2. (as a noun) but, catch, hitch, snag
    Jeg kan høre, der er et men.

Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch men, an unstressed variety of man ("man"). Accordingly, originally pronounced with [?]; now predominantly with a full vowel [?], especially in those areas where the word is chiefly literary. Compare German man, Middle English men (indefinite pronoun).

Pronoun

men

  1. (indefinite, subject) One, you, they, everyone; humanity, (the) people, the public opinion
    Men zegt dat... - People say that.... It is said that...
    Men weet nooit wat er gaat gebeuren. - You never know what's going to happen.
Usage notes
  • When not used as a subject, men must be replaced with je ("you") or sometimes ze ("them").
  • The word as such is very common in Limburg and some other areas, where it is part of the local dialects. Elsewhere it is not downright rare but perceived as formal and predominantly replaced with je and ze even as a subject (similarly to English one).
Related terms

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

men

  1. first-person singular present indicative of mennen
  2. imperative of mennen

Faroese

Pronunciation

Noun

men f (genitive singular menar, plural menir or menar)

  1. (rare, Mykines) The spinal cord

Declension

Declension of men
f2 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative men menin menir menirnar
accusative men menina menir menirnar
dative men menini menum menunum
genitive menar menarinnar mena menanna
f6 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative men menin menar menarnar
Accusative men menina menar menarnar
Dative men menini menum menunum
Genitive menar menarinnar mena menanna

Synonyms

Conjunction

men

  1. but

Haitian Creole

Etymology 1

From French main ("hand")

Pronunciation

Noun

men

  1. hand

Etymology 2

From French mais ("but").

Pronunciation

Conjunction

men

  1. but

Icelandic

Etymology

From Old Norse men, from Proto-Germanic *manj?. Compare Old English mene.

Pronunciation

Noun

men n (genitive singular mens, nominative plural men)

  1. necklace, especially one with a pendant

Declension

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Italian

Adverb

men

  1. Apocopic form of meno

Japanese

Romanization

men

  1. R?maji transcription of

Louisiana Creole French

Etymology

From French main ("hand")

Noun

men

  1. hand

Macaguán

Noun

men

  1. water
  2. river

References


Mandarin

Romanization

men (Zhuyin )

  1. Pinyin transcription of ?, ?
  2. Nonstandard spelling of m?n.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of mén.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of m?n.
  5. Nonstandard spelling of mèn.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Middle Dutch

Etymology

An unstressed variety of man.

Pronoun

men

  1. someone
  2. one, they, you, people; impersonal pronoun.

Inflection

This pronoun needs an inflection-table template.

Descendants

  • Dutch: men
  • Limburgish: me

Further reading

  • "men", in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • "men (I)", in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English man.

Pronoun

men

  1. Alternative form of man
References

Etymology 2

From Old English menn, plural of mann, from Proto-Germanic *manniz, plural of *mann-.

Noun

men

  1. plural of mon

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

Via Swedish and Danish men, same origin as Old Norse meðan ("while").

Conjunction

men

  1. But, however; introducing a clause that contrasts with the preceding clause, sentence or common belief.
  2. though
  3. only
    Han er en fin kar, men han snakker litt for mye. - He is a nice guy, but he talks a bit too much.

Etymology 2

From Old Norse mein.

Alternative forms

Noun

men

  1. damage; injury (also mén)
  2. permanent disability
  3. difficulty; drawback

Etymology 3

Verb

men

  1. imperative of mene

Norwegian Nynorsk

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Via Swedish and Danish men, same origin as Old Norse meðan ("while").

Conjunction

men

  1. but, however; introducing a clause that contrasts with the preceding clause, sentence or common belief.
  2. though
  3. only

Etymology 2

From men.

Noun

men n (definite singular menet, uncountable)

  1. difficulty

References

  • "men" in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Novial

Determiner

men

  1. my

Pronoun

men

  1. mine

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Old Norse

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *manj?. Cognate with Old English mene.

Noun

men n (genitive mens, plural men)

  1. necklace

Declension

Derived terms


Pohnpeian

Verb

men

  1. to want

Sherbro

Noun

men (plural menti)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) water

References

  • James Frederick Schön, James Frederick Schön, Sherbro Vocabulary (1839), page 24

Spanish

Noun

men m pl

  1. plural of man

Swedish

Etymology 1

From Old Swedish men, from Middle Low German men, man ("but, only"), probably from Old Saxon niwan; possibly under the influence of Old Swedish men ("while, during") (modern Swedish medan, medans, mens). Cognate with modern Low German man.

Pronunciation

Conjunction

men

  1. but; introducing a clause that contrasts with the preceding clause, sentence or common belief.
  2. yet, but, however
    John har bott i staden i fem år, men aldrig besökt slottet.
    John has lived in the city for five years, yet never visited the castle.

Etymology 2

From Old Norse mein, like Icelandic mein, Norwegian mein, Old Saxon m?n, Old English m?n; cognate with Icelandic meinn ("which causes injury"), Old English m?ne ("evil, deceptive", adj), Lithuanian ma?nas ("change", noun), Proto-Slavic *m?na ("change", noun); from the Proto-Indo-European root *mei- ("to switch").

Pronunciation

Noun

men n

  1. a handicap, long-time remnant of a physical or mental injury, which affects a person negatively
Declension
Declension of men 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative men menet men menen
Genitive mens menets mens menens
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Turkmen

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *ben ("I"). Compare Turkish ben ("I").

Pronoun

men

  1. (personal) I

Declension

See also


Uyghur

Romanization

men

  1. Latin (ULY) transcription of (men)

Uzbek

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *ben ("I").

Pronoun

men

  1. (personal) I

Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Proto-Vietic *-m?:n.

Noun

men (?, ?)

  1. yeast
  2. (biochemistry) enzyme
  3. alcohol (in terms of its euphorigenic or intoxicating effects)

Etymology 2

Noun

men

  1. enamel

Etymology 3

Verb

men

  1. to approach, to go along
Derived terms
Derived terms

Volapük

Noun

men

  1. man (male or female), human, human being

Hyponyms


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