Origin of English word MANY

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Old English manig (many) is thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” menegh (copious).

המון    HaMOAN means abundance or multitude. Abraham is promised to be "the father of a multitude of nations" in Genesis17:4. A variation is              אמון AMOAN (Jeremiah52:15).

   מנין MiNYaN is Aramaic for number (Ezra 6:17).  The subroot for amounts is    מ-נ Mem-Noon.

Follow the MN or NM words of AMOUNTS or DIMINUTION in the entries mentioned below.  For the built-in MN opposite of MANY, see MINUS.


MaNaH is to count or number. Much (many) is megen (Dutch and Norwegian), mnoho in Czech, and mnogo in Russian and Serbo-Croatian. Mone is many in Finnish. MEAN (low in amount) is an antonym from MeeN (out of) – see   MINUS. For synonyms see MONEY and NUMBER. Mani is plenty in Korean; mano and manoa mean  ”many’ or  "numerous" in Hawaiian. Mnogi  Is numerous in Polish (where MINUS is mniej). MILLION ought to have and MULTITUDE has an ML root; Noon/N to L changes may have occurred here. Otherwise,  MaLAy means full. The Fijians live fully without MILLIMETERS, MILLENNIUM or MULTIPLICATION tables. "Full" in Fijian settles for the number five. Lima (5) is the reverse of  MaLeH (full), as five is a full hand's worth of fingers.  Since the hand is the original counter, (MaNaH to count), Latinate “hand” words favor Mem-Noon words: French main, Spanish and Italian mano, (shortened to mao in Portuguese), and mina in Rumainian. 

NUMEROUS  MN number words  are also at ALMANAC,  and MINERAL.

Bible Verses

Genesis 17:4 אני הנה בריתי אתך והיית לאב המון גוים׃

“‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations.’”



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