Menial vs Manual – What’s the difference?

Menial vs Manual - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between menial and manual is that menial is a servant, especially a domestic servant while manual is manual (booklet).

As an adjective menial is of or relating to work normally performed by a servant.



(wikipedia menial)


(en adjective)

  • Of or relating to work normally performed by a servant.
  • Of or relating to unskilled work. (rfex)
  • servile; low; mean
  • His sister was a menial girl, but he sought to help her develop a mind of her own.


    (en noun)

  • A servant, especially a domestic servant.
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  • A person who has a subservient nature.
  • manual


    (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