Hanky vs Manky - What's the difference?

hanky | manky |

As a noun hanky

is (colloquial) short form of handkerchief.

As an adjective manky is

(british|scotland|ireland|slang) unpleasantly dirty and disgusting.




  • (colloquial) Short form of handkerchief.
  • manky



  • (British, Scotland, Ireland, slang) Unpleasantly dirty and disgusting.
  • * 2005 , Justin Peter Beaney, Kasdeja's Children ,
  • "He don't want those," his father said, holding a bag of apples at the end of an outstretched arm as if they were a danger to his health, "they're all... manky ."
  • * 2010 , Marian Keyes, The Brightest Star in the Sky ,
  • "Speaking of which—" Fionn starts foostering in the pocket of his manky old jacket—"I've probably got something for you."