Tok Pisin: manki + masta.

A mankimasta was distinguished from an ordinary houseboy in colonial times; he was a personal servant for a government official, expedition leader etc and would go out on patrol with him. His duties were to look after his employer’s tent, uniform, bedding and other personal effects.

See original Mihalic entry.

Noun forms

  1. Kind of person: a personal servant, valet
    mi mankimasta bilong namba tu gavman I was the personal servant of the Government Secretary (Gabriel Marum of Lataul village, Lihir, ~1908-1994, personal servant of Harold Page around 1930).

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