Manual vs Stickshift – What’s the difference?

Manual vs Stickshift - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between manual and stickshift is that manual is a handbook while stickshift is (us) a manual transmission, controlled by a gear lever.

As a adjective manual is performed with the hands (of an activity).



(wikipedia manual)

Alternative forms

* manuall (obsolete)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) manuel, from


(en noun)

  • A handbook.
  • A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine.
  • (music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.
  • A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.
  • (by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.
  • A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal foce.
  • Synonyms

    * handbook

    Derived terms

    * reference manual
    * instruction manual
    * user manual
    * user’s manual
    * owners manual
    * owner’s manual

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) manuel, manual, from (etyl) .



  • Performed with the hands (of an activity).
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • She gave a wild manual brush to her locks.
  • Operated by means of the hands (of a machine, device etc.).
  • Synonyms



    * automatic

    Derived terms

    * manually

    Coordinate terms

    * , relating to the mouth
    * , relating to the foot






    (en noun)

  • (US) A manual transmission, controlled by a gear lever.
  • Most cars in Europe have a stickshift .
  • (US) A car with a manual transmission.
  • My old car was a stickshift , but my new one is an automatic.
  • (US, informal, uncountable) Cars, collectively, with such a transmission.
  • Do you know how to drive stickshift ?


    * (all senses) manual


    * (all senses) automatic

    See also

    * manual transmission