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McCarthyism {{wikipedia}} etymology Named for United States Senator Joseph McCarthy. Originates from a 1950 Washington Post political cartoon by Herbert Block.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) The mass pressure, harassment, and/or blacklisting used to pressure people to follow popular political beliefs.
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  1. The intense opposition, countering, fear and/or suspicion of Communism, particularly in the United States during the 1950s.
related terms:
  • McCarthyist
  • McCarthyite
  • McCarthyesque
McD's etymology Shortening.
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  1. (informal) McDonald's restaurant
McDonald's {{wikipedia}}
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  1. A widespread chain of fast food restaurant.
Synonyms: Maccas (Australian), Maccy D's (UK), McDungheap's (slang), Mickey D (slang), Mickey D's (slang)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Food purchased at McDonald's restaurant.
    • 1996, Joan M. Drury, Silent Words, Spinsters Ink, page 36: I stopped to pick up some McDonald's and traveled up the road a little before pulling over.
McDungheap's etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous, pejorative) McDonald's, viewed as a purveyor of low-quality food.
McJob {{wikipedia}} etymology From Mc-, from the name of the restaurant chain McDonald's, + job, jobs in McDonald's being considered to be this sort of job.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A job paying low wages, requiring few skills and having little opportunity for promotion.
    • 1987 Mar 9, , Major problem with the American economy: hypochondria, in Forbes 139, p33. Many politicos claim most new jobs are low-pay, dead-enders, “McJobs.”
    • 1989 Oct 19, Paul Grondahl, Managers get behind the grill, in Albany Times Union, pC1 Shortly after the opening of the Latham McDonald’s, the first in the Capital District, Zdunek, then 16, hopped on his Cushman motor scooter, rode from his Halfmoon home and applied for his first Mcjob. The wage was $1.25 an hour.
    • 1991, , Generation X, p5 The car was the color of butter and bore a bumper sticker saying WE’RE SPENDING OUR CHILDREN’S INHERITANCE, a message that I suppose irked Dag, who was bored and cranky after eight hours of working his McJob (“Low pay, low prestige, low benefits, low future”).
McMansion etymology By analogy with McJob
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A large, imposing and ostentatious house that lacks architectural integrity
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McScience etymology From McDonald's, a well-known commercial venture, and science.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) The unethical commercialization of science, as for example where result are deliberately misinterpreted in exchange for large grant from a corporation.
    • 2004. Richard Horton, MMR Science & Fiction - Exploring the Vaccine crisis Granta Publications, London, United Kingdom. ISBN-10: 1862077649. ISBN-13: 978-1862077645 Chapter 3: "The Dawn of McScience"
me {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English me, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *miz, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n-. Cognate with Scots me, Northern Frisian me, Saterland Frisian mie, Dutch me, mij, Low German mi, German mir, Icelandic mér, Latin , Ancient Greek μέ 〈mé〉, ἐμέ 〈emé〉, Sanskrit मा 〈mā〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /miː/
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  1. As the direct object of a verb. Can you hear me?
  2. (obsolete) Myself; as a reflexive direct object of a verb.
    • 1819, , , And I awoke, and found me here.
  3. As the object of a preposition. Come with me.
  4. As the indirect object of a verb. He gave me this.
  5. (US, colloquial) Myself; as a reflexive indirect object of a verb; the ethical dative.
    • 1993 April, , When I get to college, I’m gonna get me a white Nissan Sentra.
  6. (colloquial) As the complement of the copula (“be” or “is”). It wasn't me.
  7. (Australia, British, New Zealand, colloquial) My; preceding a noun, marking ownership.
    • {{ante}} , The Letter, in 1994, Douglas Kerr (editor), The Works of Wilfred Owen, page 54, There don′t seem much to say just now. / (Yer what? Then don′t, yer ruddy cow! / And give us back me cigarette!)
  8. (colloquial, with "and") As the subject of a verb. Me and my friends played a game.
  9. (nonstandard, not with "and") As the subject of a verb.
    • 1844, , Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, Vol. II, One of them, whose sobriquet was Big-headed Blackboy, was stretched out before the fire, and no answer could be obtained from him, but a drawling repetition, in grunts of displeasure, of “Bel (not) me want to go.”
    • 2005, , Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 (cartoon), part of Strong Bad: Me gotta see that again.
{{unreferenced}} me is traditionally described as the accusative pronoun, meaning it should be used as the object of verbs and prepositions, while the nominative pronoun I should be used as the subject of verbs. However, “accusative” pronouns are widely used as the subject of verbs in colloquial speech if they are accompanied by and, for example, "me and her are friends". This usage is traditionally considered incorrect, and "she and I are friends" would be the preferred construction. Using me as the lone subject (without and) of a verb (e.g. "me want", "me like") is a feature of various types of both pidgin English and that of infant English-learners, and is sometimes used by speakers of standard English for jocular effect (e.g. "me likee", "me wantee"). Although in the spoken version of some dialects 'me' is commonly used as a possessive, in writing, speakers of these dialects usually use my. Some prescriptivists object to the use of me following the verb be, as in “It wasn’t me”. The phrase “It was not I” is considered to be correct, though this may be seen as extreme and used for jocular effect. Synonyms: (subject of a verb) I; my ass (vulgar or slang), (reflexive object) myself, (complement of the copula) I, (indirect object) us (Australia), (marking ownership) my; mine (archaic)
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meadow muffin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) cow pat
meal pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English scLatinx, from Proto-Germanic *mēlą, from Proto-Indo-European *mē-, *me-. Cognate with Western Frisian miel, Dutch maal, German Mal, Mahl, Swedish mål; and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek μέτρον 〈métron〉, Latin mensus, Russian мера 〈mera〉, Lithuanian mẽtas 〈mẽtas〉. Related to Old English scLatinx.
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  1. {{senseid}}Food that is prepared and eat, usually at a specific time (e.g. breakfast = morning meal, lunch = noon meal, etc).
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  2. Food served or eaten as a repast.
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etymology 2 From Middle English mele, from Old English melu, from Proto-Germanic *melwą, from Proto-Indo-European *melh₂- 〈*melh₂-〉. Cognate with West Frisian moal, Dutch meel, German Mehl, Albanian miell, Proto-Slavic *melvo (Bulgarian мливо 〈mlivo〉), Dutch malen, German mahlen, Old Irish melim, Latin molō, Tocharian A/B malywët/melye, Lithuanian málti, Old Church Slavonic млѣти 〈mlѣti〉, Ancient Greek μύλη 〈mýlē〉. More at mill.
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  1. The coarse-ground edible part of various grain often used to feed animal; flour.
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etymology 3 Variation of mole (compare Scots mail), from Middle English mole, mool, from Old English māl, mǣl, from Proto-Germanic *mailą, from Proto-Indo-European *mey-. More at mole.
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  1. (UK dialectal) A speck or spot.
  2. A part; a fragment; a portion.
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  1. (transitive) To defile or taint. Were he meal'd with that / Which he corrects, than were he tyrannous. ― Shakespeare.
  • amel, Elam, Elma, lame, lamé, leam, lema, male, Malé
mean pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English menen, from Old English mǣnan, from Proto-Germanic *mainijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *mein-. Cognate with Western Frisian miene, Dutch menen, German meinen. Related to mind and German Minne.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To intend.
    1. (transitive) To intend, to plan (to do); to have as one's intention. {{defdate}} exampleI didn't mean to knock your tooth out. exampleI mean to go to Baddeck this summer. exampleI meant to take the car in for a smog check, but it slipped my mind.
    2. (intransitive) To have intentions of a given kind. {{defdate}} exampleDon't be angry; she meant well.
    3. (transitive, usually in passive) To intend (something) for a given purpose or fate; to predestine. {{defdate}} exampleActually this desk was meant for the subeditor. exampleMan was not meant to question such things.
  2. To convey meaning.
    1. (transitive) To convey (a given sense); to signify, or indicate (an object or idea). {{defdate}} exampleI'm afraid I don't understand what you mean. exampleThe sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?
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    2. (transitive) Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify. {{defdate}} exampleWhat does this hieroglyph mean?
  3. (transitive) To have conviction in (something said or expressed); to be sincere in (what one says). {{defdate}} exampleDoes she really mean what she said to him last night? exampleSay what you mean and mean what you say.
  4. (transitive) To result in; to bring about. {{defdate}} exampleOne faltering step means certain death.
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  5. (transitive) To be important (to). {{defdate}} exampleMy home life means a lot to me.
Synonyms: (convey, signify, indicate): convey, indicate, signify, (want or intend to convey): imply, mean to say, (intend; plan on doing): intend, (have conviction in what one says): be serious, (have intentions of a some kind):, (result in; bring about): bring about, cause, lead to, result in
etymology 2 From Middle English mene, imene, from Old English mǣne, ġemǣne, from Proto-Germanic *gamainiz, from Proto-Indo-European *mei-. Cognate with Western Frisian mien, Dutch gemeen, German gemein, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃 〈𐌲𐌰𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌽𐍃〉, Latin commūnis (Old Latin comoinem).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Common; general.
  2. Of a common or low origin, grade, or quality; common; humble. examplea man of mean parentage / a mean abode
  3. Low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby. examplea mean appearance / mean dress
  4. Without dignity of mind; destitute of honour; low-minded; spiritless; base. a mean motive
    • Dryden Can you imagine I so mean could prove, / To save my life by changing of my love?
  5. Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.
    • J. Philips The Roman legions and great Caesar found / Our fathers no mean foes.
  6. Niggardly; penurious; miserly; stingy. exampleHe's so mean. I've never seen him spend so much as five pounds on presents for his children.
  7. Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating; small.
  8. Selfish; acting without consideration of others; unkind. exampleIt was mean to steal the girl's piggy bank, but he just had to get uptown and he had no cash of his own.
  9. Causing or intending to cause intentional harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious. exampleWatch out for her, she's mean. I said good morning to her, and she punched me in the nose.
  10. Powerful; fierce; harsh; damaging. exampleIt must have been a mean typhoon that levelled this town.
  11. Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with. exampleYour mother can roll a mean cigarette. exampleHe hits a mean backhand.
  12. (informal, often, childish) Difficult, tricky. exampleThis problem is mean!
Synonyms: (causing or intending to cause intentional harm): cruel, malicious, nasty, spiteful, (miserly; stingy) See also , (acting without consideration of others): selfish, unkind, vile, ignoble, (powerful): damaging, fierce, harsh, strong, (accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with): deft, skilful (UK), skillful (US), top-notch, (inferior): cheap, grotty (slang), inferior, low-quality, naff (UK slang), rough and ready, shoddy, tacky (informal)
etymology 3 From Middle English meene, from Old French meien (French moyen), ll mediānus, from Latin medius. Cognate with mid.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having the mean (see noun below) as its value.
  2. (obsolete) Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.ii.2: I have declared in the causes what harm costiveness hath done in procuring this disease; if it be so noxious, the opposite must needs be good, or mean at least, as indeed it is […].
    • Sir Philip Sidney being of middle age and a mean stature
    • Milton according to the fittest style of lofty, mean, or lowly
related terms:
  • medium
  • mediate
  • mediation
  • mediator
  • median
  • mediocre
  • mediocrity
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (now chiefly in the plural) A method or course of action used to achieve some result. {{defdate}}
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.5: To say truth, it is a meane full of uncertainty and danger.
    • Coleridge You may be able, by this mean, to review your own scientific acquirements.
    • Sir W. Hamilton Philosophical doubt is not an end, but a mean.
    • 2011, "Rival visions", The Economist, 14 Apr 2011: Mr Obama produced an only slightly less ambitious goal for deficit reduction than the House Republicans, albeit working from a more forgiving baseline: $4 trillion over 12 years compared to $4.4 trillion over 10 years. But the means by which he would achieve it are very different.
  2. (obsolete, in the singular) An intermediate step or intermediate steps.
    • a. 1563, Thomas Harding, "To the Reader", in The Works of John Jewel (1845 ed.) Verily in this treatise this hath been mine only purpose; and the mean to bring the same to effect hath been such as whereby I studied to profit wholesomely, not to please delicately.
    • 1606, The Trials of Robert Winter, Thomas Winter, Guy Fawkes, John Grant, Ambrose Rookwood, Rob. Keyes, Thomas Bates, and Sir Everard Digby, at Westminster, for High Treason, being Conspirators in the Gunpowder-Plot That it was lawful and meritorious to kill and destroy the king, and all the said hereticks. — The mean to effect it, they concluded to be, that, 1. The king, the queen, the prince, the lords spiritual and temporal, the knights and burgoses of the parliament, should be blown up with powder. 2. That the whole royal issue male should be destroyed. S. That they would lake into their custody Elizabeth and Mary the king's daughters, and proclaim the lady Elizabeth queen. 4. That they should feign a Proclamation in the name of Elizabeth, in which no mention should be made of alteration of religion, nor that they were parties to the treason, until they had raised power to perform the same; and then to proclaim, all grievances in the kingdom should be reformed.
    • a. 1623, , Apply desperate physic: / We must not now use balsamum, but fire, / The smarting cupping-glass, for that's the mean / To purge infected blood, such blood as hers.
  3. Something which is intermediate or in the middle; an intermediate value or range of values; a medium. {{defdate}}
    • Republic, page 263, Plato, John Llewelyn Davies, David J. Vaughan, 1997, “Then will not this constitution be a kind of mean between aristocracy and oligarchy?”
    • The Nicomachean Ethics, page 118, Aristotle, Harris Rackham, 1996, “as a mean, it implies certain extremes between which it lies, namely the more and the less”
    • 1875, William Smith and Samuel Cheetham, editors, A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, , volume 1, page 10, s.v. Accentus Ecclesiasticus, It presents a sort of mean between speech and song, continually inclining towards the latter, never altogether leaving its hold on the former; it is speech, though always attuned speech, in passages of average interest and importance; it is song, though always distinct and articulate song, in passages demanding more fervid utterance.
  4. (music, now historical) The middle part of three-part polyphonic music; now specifically, the alto part in polyphonic music; an alto instrument. {{defdate}}
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 147: Of these [rattles] they have Base, Tenor, Countertenor, Meane, and Treble.
  5. (statistics) The average of a set of values, calculated by summing them together and dividing by the number of terms; the arithmetic mean. {{defdate}}
  6. (mathematics) Any function of multiple variable that satisfies certain properties and yields a number representative of its argument; or, the number so yielded; a measure of central tendency.
    • 1997, Angus Deaton, The Analysis of Household Surveys: A Microeconometric Approach to Development Policy, World Bank Publications, ISBN 9780801852541, page 51: Note that (1.41) is simply the probability-weighted mean without any explicit allowance for the stratification; each observation is weighted by its inflation factor and the total divided by the total of the inflation factors for the survey.
    • 2002, Clifford A. Pickover, The Mathematics of Oz: Mental Gymnastics from Beyond the Edge, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521016780, page 246: Luckily, even though the arithmetic mean is unusable, both the harmonic and geometric means settle to precise values as the amount of data increases.
    • 2003, P. S. Bullen, Handbook of Means and Their Inequalities, Springer, ISBN 978-1-4020-1522-9, page 251: The generalized power means include power means, certain Gini means, in particular the counter-harmonic means.
  7. (mathematics) Either of the two numbers in the middle of a conventionally presented proportion, as 2 and 3 in 1:2=3:6.
    • 1825, John Farrar, translator, An Elementary Treatise on Arithmetic by Silvestre François Lacroix, third edition, page 102, ...if four numbers be in proportion, the product of the first and last, or of the two extremes, is equal to the product of the second and third, or of the two means.
    • 1999, Dawn B. Sova, How to Solve Word Problems in Geometry, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 007134652X, page 85, Using the means-extremes property of proportions, you know that the product of the extremes equals the product of the means. The ratio t/4 = 5/2 can be rewritten as t:4 = 5:2, in which the extremes are t and 2, and the means are 4 and 5.
    • 2007, Carolyn C. Wheater, Homework Helpers: Geometry, Career Press, ISBN 1564147215, page 99, In \frac{18}{27}=\frac23, the product of the means is 2\cdot27, and the product of the extremes is 18\cdot3. Both products are 54.
  • (statistics) measure of central tendency, measure of location, sample statistic
coordinate terms:
  • (statistics) median, mode
etymology 4 From Middle English menen, from Old English mǣnan, from Proto-Germanic *mainijaną, Proto-Germanic *mainą, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)meyə-, *mei-. Related to Old English mān, Dutch meineed, German Meineid, Danish men; see moan.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (now Ireland, UK regional) To complain, lament.
  2. (now Ireland, UK regional) To pity; to comfort.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XII: Anone he meaned hym, and wolde have had hym home unto his ermytage.
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  • Amen, amen, mane, MENA, NAmE, name, NEMA, NMEA
meanderthal etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An aimless, slow-moving person.
    • 2000, Dan Levine, Paris: Insiders' Guide for Urban Adventurers, Empire Press (2000), ISBN 9781891603068, page 39: It takes 60 to 90 minutes to walk from the Eiffel Tower to the Marais, depending on how many slow-moving "Meanderthals" are in your way.
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meanie Alternative forms: meany
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A mean person.
meany Alternative forms: meanie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A mean person.
  • yamen
meat {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English mete, from Old English mete, from Proto-Germanic *matiz, from Proto-Indo-European *mad-. Cognate with Western Frisian mete, osx meti, Old High German maz, Icelandic matr, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐍄𐍃 〈𐌼𐌰𐍄𐍃〉, from a Proto-Germanic *matiz. A -ja- derivation from the same base is found in Middle Dutch and gml met, whence gml Mett (whence 16th c. German Mett) Old Irish mess and Welsh mes, compare English mast, are probably from the same root. pronunciation
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  1. (now archaic, dialectal) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. {{defdate}}
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Gospel of Matthew, XXV: I was anhongred, and ye gave me meate. I thursted, and ye gave me drinke.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.8: And he was pleased to accompany them in their death; for, he pined away by abstaining from all manner of meat.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens: Your greatest want is, you want much of meat: / Why should you want? Behold, the Earth hath Rootes{{nb...}}.
    • 1879, Silas Hocking, Her Benny (novel) As full of fun and frolic as an egg is full of meat.
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber, 2007, p.13: The way she said ‘dinner’ and the way she said ‘champagne’ gave meat and liquid their exact difference{{nb...}}.
  2. (now rare) A type of food, a dish. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: And thenne he blewe his horne that the maronners had yeuen hym / And whanne they within the Castel herd that horne / they put forthe many knyghtes and there they stode vpon the walles / and said with one voys / welcome be ye to this castel /…/ and sire Palomydes entred in to the castel / And within a whyle he was serued with many dyuerse metes
  3. (now archaic) A meal. {{defdate}} exampleIs that meat halal to eat?
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Gospel of Matthew, ch. 8: And hit cam to passe, thatt Jesus satt at meate in his housse.
  4. (uncountable) The flesh of an animal used as food. {{defdate}}
    • 2010, Andy Atkins, The Guardian, 19 October: While people who eat no meat at all are identified and identifiable as vegetarians, there is no commonly accepted term for people who eat it only a couple of times a week and are selective about its quality.
  5. (uncountable) Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc. {{defdate}} exampleThe apple looked fine on the outside, but the meat was not very firm.
  6. (slang) A penis. {{defdate}}
    • 1993, Nancy Friday, Women on top: how real life has changed women's sexual fantasies, page 538 He sits me on the floor (the shower is still beating down on us). He lays me down and slides his huge meat into me.
    • 2006 John Patrick, Play Hard, Score Big, page 54 Just the tight, hot caress of his bowels surrounding my meat gave me pleasures I had only dreamed of before that day.
    • 2011, Wade Wright, Two Straight Guys, page 41 Both men were completely, and very actively into this face fucking! Suddenly Bill pulled off of Jim's meat and said,
  7. (countable) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. {{defdate}} exampleThe butchery's profit rate on various meats varies greatly.
  8. (colloquial) The best or most substantial part of something. {{defdate}} exampleWe recruited him right from the meat of our competitor.
    • 1577, Gerald Eades Bentley, The Arte of Angling …it is time to begin "A Dialogue between Viator and Piscator," which is the meat of the matter.
  9. (sports) The sweet spot of a bat or club (in cricket, golf, baseball etc.). {{defdate}} exampleHe hit it right on the meat of the bat.
  10. A meathead. exampleThrow it in here, meat.
  11. (Australian Aboriginal) A totem, or (by metonymy) a clan or clansman which uses it.
    • 1949, Oceania, Vol.XX When a stranger comes to an aboriginal camp or settlement in north-western NSW, he is asked by one of the older aborigines: "What meat (clan) are you?"
    • 1973, M. Fennel & A. Grey, Nucoorilma Granny Sullivan was ‘dead against’ the match at first because they did not know "what my meat was and because I was a bit on the fair side."
    • 1977, A. K. Eckermann, Group Organisation and Identity Some people maintained that she was "sung" because her family had killed or eaten the "meat" (totem) of another group.
    • 1992, P. Taylor, Tell it Like it Is Our family…usually married the red kangaroo "meat".
    • 1993, J. Janson, Gunjies That’s a beautiful goanna.{{nb...}}. He’s my meat, can’t eat him.
The meaning "flesh of an animal used as food" is often understood to exclude fish and other seafood. For example, the rules for abstaining from meat in the Roman Catholic Church do not extend to fish; likewise, some people who consider themselves vegetarians also eat fish (though the more precise term for such a person is pescetarian). Synonyms: flesh, See also , (penis) see
  • drink
  • mate, maté
  • meta, Meta
  • tame
  • team
meat and potatoes
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. normal, average, typical, unexceptional, or nondescript in description Rick is very experimental and open minded about trying new things but Ted on the other hand is a meat and potatoes kind of guy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: meat, and, potatoes
  2. (US, informal) The essential part or parts of something.
meat and two veg
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, Ireland, colloquial) A stereotypical standard dinner, with a meat and two kinds of vegetable.
  2. (British, slang) The male genitals.
meatball etymology meat + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a ball of minced or ground meat, seasoned and cooked
  2. (slang) a stupid person
  3. (baseball) an easy pitch to hit, especially thrown right down the middle of the plate.
  • metaball
meatbot etymology meat + bot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An unthinking or conformist person.
related terms:
  • meatspace
meat curtains
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) the labia majora
    • 2010, Forrest Griffin, Erich Krauss, Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse, page 86 For instance, a dollar will buy you a bag of chips, a soda, or get you a closer gander at a stripper's meat curtains.
    • 2010, G. L. Giles, Hearts at Stake, page 39 Back to Sativa's anatomy: a flashlight was definitely needed to view between the meat curtains. It was a dark hole one could easily lose oneself in . . .
    • 2009, Kylo-Patrick R. Hart, Annette Holba, Media and the Apocalypse, page 72 Revealing a porcelain religious figurine of the Virgin Mary that he intends to insert inside her, the now-enraged attacker instructs Amy to "part them succulent meat curtains, darlin', and get ready for the religious experience of your life."
meat flaps
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The labia majora.
    • 2001, 6 November, Jake778899 [username], oh Robin,!original/,, “I bet her meat flaps are{{sic}} smell like rancid dumpster swill.”
    • 2007, Jonathan Selwood, The Pinball Theory of Apocalypse, Harper Perennial (2007), ISBN 9780061173875, page 22: A little clitoral resurfacing here, an aesthetic snip of the meat flaps there, and you're ready to spread for Playboy.
    • 2008, Jim Norton, I Hate Your Guts, Simon Spotlight Entertainment (2008), ISBN 9781416587859, page 39: And I haven't bought a cup from McDonald's since that old lady spilled some on her crotch, burned her meat flaps, and sued for $2 million.
Synonyms: See also .
meathead etymology The term meathead is often credited as coming from the classic 1970s television situation comedy "All In The Family," wherein main character Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) used the nickname to address his son-in-law, Michael Stivic (Rob Reiner). However, the word appeared in writing as early as 1863.{{R:Merriam Webster Online|meathead}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An ungainly, dull or stupid person; someone who is lazy, disrespectful and/or whose beliefs and philosophies clash with another.
  2. (slang) A large, muscular, stupid male, especially an athlete. A jock. A brute. Gary was a hulking meathead who, when he wasn't playing football, was either hunting, fishing or getting drunk and rowdy in some topless bar.
  3. (military, slang, Canadian) a member of the .
meat market {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: meet market etymology The term meat market was coined in the 1950s. Sex has been likened to meat since as early as the 16th century with such references to it as "have a jumble in the giblets" and "have a bit of mutton", not to mention "carnal relations". {{unreferenced}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A market where meat is sold.
  2. (colloquial, idiomatic) A place where one goes for a casual sexual encounter, such as a bar (establishment) or night club.
  3. (colloquial) A place or situation abounding in men, especially beefcake.
meatpuppet etymology From meat + puppet, on the model of sockpuppet.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (pejorative Internet slang) One whose sole reason for participating in a discussion or forum is to support, or express agreement with, a friend.
    • 2004 March 31, James Schrumpf (username), "Re: OT: Catch-22 on terrorism", in, Usenet: No one can independently have the same opinon {{SIC}} as someone else without being a meatpuppet of theirs, eh?
meat puppet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) prostitute
  2. (pejorative, slang) a newsreader who is not a reporter
    • 1995. Proceedings of International Symposium on Digital Libraries 1995: August 22-25, 1995 : Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan "Meat puppet" is {{SIC}} television industry term for news anchors who read the news but are not skilled reporters.
    • 1991. American stories, p. 133. Calvin Trillin. Ticknor & Fields. A description of some of the beautiful but vacant people who recite the local news.
    • 2001. The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Smart Vocabulary, p.88. Paul McFedries, Alpha Books Another not-so-nice term is meat puppet, a newscaster who is the intellectual equivalent of a puppet.
  3. (slang, UK) penis
meat rack
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rack used for storing meat.
  2. (idiomatic, slang) A place where people can meet looking for sexual partner.
Synonyms: meat market
meat stick From an analogy comparing the penis to a stiff stick made of soft meat Alternative forms: meatstick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) a man's penis
    • 2007, Christopher Trevor, The Gym Instructor, page 145 Bill squirmed miserably and in ecstasy at the same time under the ropes as I began stroking his now slimy and hard meat stick “Fuck man but my wife loves my big soldier-sized cock,” Bill panted as I stroked and stroked him.
    • 2011, Christopher Trevor, Love, Torture, and Redemption, page 25 This fucking meat stick of yours looks like its ready to spew a load right the fuck now boy.
    • 2011, Wade Wright, Jay, Jake, and Jimmy, page 108 Jay mounted Michael's ass and rammed his black meat stick into Michael's ass as quickly as Jake had done.
Synonyms: (penis) see
meat wagon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) A vehicle used for the transportation of meat, usually refrigerate and traditionally of a non-motorize type pulled by horses.
    • 1907, "Non-Union Meat Drivers Attacked—Meat Wagon Burned," New York Times, 30 Aug., p. 2: The firing of a truck load of meat and two cases of assault enlived the strike of the meat wagon drivers yesterday.
  2. (slang) An ambulance.
    • 2003, Ed Masley,"Cynics' Spain tour ends with injury to lead singer," (Pittsburgh, US), 27 Jan. (retrieved 25 July 2008): So they had to take me from there in an ambulance. . . . I remember my dad and uncle used to call them meat wagons.
  3. (slang) A police van for transporting prisoner; a paddy wagon.
    • 2007, M. Chris Fabricant, "Runnin' Scared Rousting the Cops," Village Voice, 30 Oct. (retrieved 25 July 2008): He spent the next four hours in the back of the sweltering NYPD meat wagon as police rounded up other young men.
  4. (slang) A vehicle for transporting dead bodies; a hearse.
    • 2000, Stephen Hunter, "Varicose Vain" (film review of The Crew), Washington Post, 25 Aug., p. C01: The old man wandered away from his retirement home, dropped dead on the beach and was picked up by the meat wagon and sent to the morgue.
  • gatewoman
meatware etymology meat + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) Human being or their brain, when regarded as a form of computer hardware or software.
Synonyms: liveware
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) maybe
mechanical etymology From Latin mēchanicus + al. pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɪˈkanɪk(ə)l/
  • (US) /məˈkæ.nə.kəl/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now rare) Characteristic of someone who does manual labour for a living; coarse, vulgar.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, I.43: all manner of silks were already become so vile and abject, that was any man seene to weare them, he was presently judged to be some countrie fellow, or mechanicall man.
  2. Related to mechanics the branch of physics that deals with forces acting on mass. examplemechanical engineering
  3. Related to mechanics the design and construction of machines. examplemechanical dictionary
  4. Done by machine. examplemechanical task
  5. Using mechanics the design and construction of machines: being a machine. examplemechanical arm
  6. As if performed by a machine: lifeless or mindless. examplea mechanical reply to a question
  7. (of a person) Acting as if one were a machine: lifeless or mindless. exampleThe pianist was too mechanical.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 15 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round. But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.”
  8. (informal) Handy with machines. exampleWhy don't you ask Joe to fix it? He's very mechanical.
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • mechanic
  • mechanics
  • mechanism
Med pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Short form of Mediterranean.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Mediterranean: We're going to the Med for four weeks this summer.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) abbreviation of medical
  2. (legal) abbreviation of medicine
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citation. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.
  • dem , Dem, DEM; DME, D. Me.; Edm, EDM
med pronunciation
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  • /mɛːd/
etymology 1 Shortened from medical.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Medical. I'm in med school.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly, in the plural) medications, especially prescribed psychoactive medications. He's been very strange. I wonder if he's not been taking his meds.
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. (UK, dialect) may; might
    • Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure You med be religious, or you med not, but you can't help striking in your homely note with the rest.
  • dem , Dem, DEM, DME, D. Me., Edm, EDM
medal etymology From Middle French medaille, medale, from Italian medaglia, from ll medalia. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmɛdəl/
    • (Australia) [ˈmeɾ.ɫ̩]
    • {{homophones}}
    • (UK) [ˈmɛd.ɫ̩]
    • {{audio}}
    • {{homophones}}
    • (US) [ˈmɛɾ.ɫ̩]
    • {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stamped metal disc used as a personal ornament, a charm, or a religious object.
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.i.3: Whether their images, shrines, relics, consecrated things, holy water, medals, benedictions, those divine amulets, holy exorcisms, and the sign of the cross, be available in this disease?
  2. A stamped or cast metal object (usually a disc), particularly one awarded as a prize or reward.
related terms:
  • medallic
  • medallion
  • medallist
  • medallurgy
  • medalet
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sports, very, colloquial) To win a medal. exampleHe medalled twice at the Olympics.
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  • lamed
media circus
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A large gathering of reporter at the scene of a news event.
mediafan etymology media + fan pronunciation
  • /miːdiəfæn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (fandom slang, sometimes, pejorative) A science fiction fan primarily interested in film and/or television.
    • {{quote-usenet }} Your post is looking suspiciously like one of those litfan vs mediafan debates that are so incredibly stupid and pathetic and do nothing more than irritate people.
    • {{quote-usenet }} And I do know the difference between actors and the characters they play, unlike the usual mediafan stereotype (see GALAXY QUEST among many others).
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Where a person is specified as a mediafan it is often in opposition to being a litfan (fan of written science fiction) within science fiction fandom.
media whore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person who attempts to transfer or transfers from one entertainment industry to another based only on prior popularity and not necessarily legitimate talent. Lindsay Lohan is considered to be a media whore by many young people because she used her popularity in the television industry to leverage a career in the music industry.
  2. (derogatory) A person who craves media attention; someone who will apparently do anything to remain in the media spotlight.
medical etymology From Middle French medical, from Malayalam medicalis, from Latin medicus. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to the practice of medicine. medical doctor; medical student exampleDo you have any medical experience?
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. Intended to have a therapeutic effect; medicinal. medical marijuana; medical cannabis; medical treatment
  3. Requiring medical treatment. A costly medical condition can bankrupt you if it doesn't kill you first.
  4. Pertaining to the state of one's health. medical examinaton; medical exemption; medical history; medical record; medical diagnosis
  5. (UK) Pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means. medical ward
Synonyms: (medicinal) curative, therapeutic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A medical examination. You'll have to get a medical before you apply for that job.
    • 2014, Jamie Jackson, "Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian, 26 August 2014: After completing a medical and the requisite paperwork on Tuesday to seal the deal, Di María said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.
related terms:
  • medicate
  • medicine
  • camelid, claimed, decimal, declaim
medical certificate {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A statement from a physician or other health care provider that attests to the result of a medical examination of a patient.
Synonyms: doctor's certificate
medicalese etymology medical + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon used by medical professional.
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medical out
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To discharge (especially from a police force or military) for medical reasons; to discharge (a person) because they are not fit for duty. (Chiefly used in the past tense.)
medical tourism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Travelling across international borders, generally from a rich country to a poor country, to deliver healthcare, often on a temporary basis. Shaywitz, D.A., & Ausiello, D.A. (2002). Global Health: A Chance for Western Physicians to Give - and Receive. ''[[The American Journal of Medicine]]'', 113, 354-357.Bezruchka, S. (2000). Medical Tourism as Medical Harm to the Third World: Why? For Whom? ''[[Wilderness and Environmental Medicine]]'', 11, 77-78.Roberts, M. (2006). Duffle Bag Medicine. ''[[Journal of the American Medical Association]]'', 295, 1491-1492.Pinto, A.D., & Upshur, R.E.G. (2009). Global Health Ethics for Students. ''[[Developing World Bioethics]]'', 9, 1-10.James, D. (1999). Going Global. ''[[The New Physician]]'', 48, online. Accessed 7 May 2009. []Jim Baraldi. "A harm in 'medical tourism.' The poor need lasting efforts to improve global health, not feel-good field trips." [] ''[[The Philadelphia Inquirer]]''. September 25, 2009..
  2. Travelling across international borders to obtain health careGahlinger, PM. The Medical Tourism Travel Guide: Your Complete Reference to Top-Quality, Low-Cost Dental, Cosmetic, Medical Care & Surgery Overseas. Sunrise River Press, 2008..
Synonyms: health tourism
medicine {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: medicin (obsolete) etymology From Middle English medicin, from Old French, from Latin medicīna, feminine of medicinus, from medicus, from medeor. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈmɛd.sɪn/, /ˈmɛ̩/
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈmɛ.dɪ.sɪn/
  • (Weak-vowel merger) [ˈmɛ.də.sən]
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingest or consumed in some way.
  2. A treatment or cure.
  3. The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
  4. The profession of physician, surgeon and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
  5. Ritual Native American magic used by a medicine man to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
  6. Among the Native Americans, any object supposed to give control over natural or magical forces, to act as a protective charm, or to cause healing.
    • F. H. Giddings The North American Indian boy usually took as his medicine the first animal of which he dreamed during the long and solitary fast that he observed at puberty.
  7. (obsolete) black magic, superstition.
  8. (obsolete) A philtre or love potion.
    • 1597, , , II. ii. 18: If the rascal have not given me medicines to make me love him, I'll be hanged. It could not be else. I have drunk medicines.
  9. (obsolete) A physician.
    • 1598, , , II. i. 72: I have seen a medicine That's able to breathe life into a stone
  10. (slang) alcoholic drink
Synonyms: (treatment) regimen, course, program, prescription, (substance) drug, prescription, pharmaceutical, elixir, See also , See also
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • medic
  • medicament
  • medication
  • medicate
  • premedication
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare, obsolete) To treat with medicine.
    • The philosophy of the plays of Shakspere unfolded, Delia Bacon, 1857, “And we shall find, under the head of the medicining of the body, some things on the subject of medicine in general, which could be better said there than here, because of the wrath of professional dignitaries,- the eye of the 'basilisk,' was not perhaps quite so terrible in that quarter then, as it was in some others.”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) A physician or medical doctor; sometimes also a medical student.
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mediocracy etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (informal) A social hierarchy in which the mediocre prevail.
mediocre Alternative forms: mediocer (obsolete), médiocre (dated) etymology From the late Middle English medioker, from the French médiocre, from the Middle French médiocre, from the Classical Latin mediocris, from medius + ocris; compare mediocrely and mediocrity. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmiː.diˌəʊ.kə/
  • (US) /midiˈoʊkɚ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Ordinary: not extraordinary; not special, exceptional, or great; of medium quality; I'm pretty good at tennis but only mediocre at racquetball.
Synonyms: middling, See also
related terms:
  • mean
  • medium
  • mediate
  • mediation
  • mediator
  • median
  • mediocrely
  • mediocrity
Mediterranean Irish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, sometimes, offensive) A national group of the Eastern Mediterranean, especially one which was subjected to a period of British rule or occupation, such as the Greek or Italian people; a member of such a group.
    • 1959, Labor-management Reform Legislation: Hearings Before a Joint Subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor, United States Congress, U.S. Government Printing Office, p. 742: His name is I. J. Saccamanno. He is a Mediterranean "Irish" and I love him like a brother.
    • 2000, Thomas W. Gallant, "Honor, Masculinity, and Ritual Knife Fighting in Nineteenth-Century Greece," American Historical Review, vol. 105, no. 2, p. 377: Since the 1830s, pro-British Ionians . . . took their cue from the colonial officers, who denigrated the Ionians, comparing them to the aboriginal groups like the Hottentots or Irish. Indeed, the British frequently referred to the Ionians as the "Mediterranean Irish."
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to such people.
    • 2007, "Advertisement for 'Kiss Me...I'm Irish' T-shirt,, comment posted by Donamaria, 24 Feb. (retrieved 21 Jan 2008): My dear deceased mama used to say to me when I was young and cried b/c I was all Italian. . . "You're Mediterranean Irish and that's good enough" on St. Pat's day!
    • 2007 March 28, "Licari of Arabia,", (retrieved 20 Jan 2008): My name is Tony Licari. . . . An Irish guy once told me I was "Mediterranean Irish." I guess that is slang for those of us with vowels at the end of our surnames.
  • As indicated by the quotations, this term seems to have evolved. In contemporary North American usage, it is used as a jocular, relatively inoffensive nickname for people of Italian extraction. In earlier, mainly British usage it was a derogatory designation for Ionian Greeks.
related terms:
  • Mediterranean Irishman
Mediterranean Irishman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (originally, British, humorous, sometimes, offensive) A person belonging to an Eastern Mediterranean national group, especially one which was subjected to a period of British rule or occupation, such as the Greek or Italian.
    • 1956 Dec. 27, "Visiting Your Newspaper," Oswego Valley News: Bart Blandino . . . refers to himself as a Mediterranean Irishman—an expression which never fails to amuse us.
related terms:
  • Mediterranean Irish
medium {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin medium, neuter of medius. Compare middle. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmiːdɪəm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (plural media or mediums) The nature of the surrounding environment, e.g. solid, liquid, gas, vacuum, or a specific substance such as a solvent.
  2. {{senseid}}(plural media or mediums) The material or empty space through which signal, wave or force pass.
    • Francis Bacon Whether any other liquors, being made mediums, cause a diversity of sound from water, it may be tried.
    • Denham I must bring together / All these extremes; and must remove all mediums.
  3. {{senseid}}(plural media or mediums) A format for communicating or presenting information.
  4. (plural media or mediums, engineering) The materials used to finish a workpiece using a mass finishing or abrasive blasting process.
  5. (plural media or mediums, microbiology) A nutrient solution for the growth of cells in vitro.
    • 1996, Samuel Baron (editor), Medical Microbiology: In some instances one can take advantage of differential carbohydrate fermentation capabilities of microorganisms by incorporating one or more carbohydrates in the medium along with a suitable pH indicator. Such media are called differential media (e.g., eosin methylene blue or MacConkey agar) and are commonly used to isolate enteric bacilli.
  6. (plural media or mediums) The means or channel by which an aim is achieve.
  7. (plural mediums or media) A liquid base which carries pigment in paint.
  8. (plural mediums or media, painting) A tool used for painting or drawing. Acrylics, oils, charcoal and gouache are all mediums I used in my painting.
  9. (plural mediums, spiritualism) Someone who supposedly convey information from the spirit world.
  10. (plural mediums) Anything having a measurement intermediate between extreme, such as a garment or container.
  11. (plural mediums) A person whom garments or apparel of intermediate size fit.
  12. (plural mediums, Ireland, dated, informal) A half-pint serving of Guinness (or other stout in some regions).
  13. A middle place or degree. a happy medium
    • L'Estrange The just medium … lies between pride and abjection.
  14. (dated) An average; sometimes the mathematical mean.
    • Burke a medium of six years of war, and six years of peace
  15. (logic) The mean or middle term of a syllogism, that by which the extremes are brought into connection.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Arithmetically average.
  2. Of intermediate size, degree, amount etc.
  3. Of meat, cooked to a point greater than rare but less than well done; typically, so the meat is still red in the centre.
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • mean
  • mediate
  • mediation
  • mediator
  • median
  • mediocre
  • mediocrity
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. to a medium extent
Synonyms: mediumly
  • {{rank}}
medium dead {{was wotd}} etymology Formed as medium + dead by analogy with medium rare, medium dry, etc.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) unconscious and near death.
    • 1953, , (1971 publication), part II: “Search by the Foundation”, chapter 7: ‘Arcadia’, page 79, ¶ 5 She paused for a much-needed breath, and the man said, grittily, “Except that I think I’ll choke you just about medium dead and get out of here, with the briefcase.”
Synonyms: half dead
meeces etymology Originates from Huckleberry Hound, a series of cartoon from the 1960s, in which the character Mr. Jinks exclaims, "I hate the meeces to pieces!"
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (nonstandard, childish) plural of mice
    • "I hate meeces to pieces," he said. Art Howe, manager of the New York Mets last year after seven years in Oakland and five in Houston. - Miracle Over Miami: How the 2003 Marlins Shocked the World (2005) p. 78.
    • "We hate meeces to pieces," stated by Patrick T. O'Brien who played Wally (Pest Control guy). (Episode "Build a Better Mousetrap") 24 January 1988.
    • Watch the little meeces carefully. - Warning! This Book May Contain Life (2002) p. 6.
    • However, we also must urge you to get a mouse because the battle is over, and those hateful meeces have won. - DBASE for DOS for Dummies (1994) p. 73.
    • "Not broken in pieces, like hated little meeces." A line from The Lovecats by The Cure.
  • emcees
meeja etymology Lax pronunciation of media.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, humorous or derogatory) media (communications industry) That's the life of the busy meeja type, I suppose.
meerkitten etymology Formed by the compounding of (the first element of meerkat) with kitten. The analysis of the element of as cat is supported by ’s ultimate derivation from the Middle Dutch meercatte, believed to have been formed from mere + catte. pronunciation
  • /ˈmiːəkɪtən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An infant or juvenile meerkat.
    • 2001, Yann Martel, Life of Pi, (2003), ISBN 184195392X, page 267: Meerkats were jumping up and down in a state of great ferment. Suddenly, by the hundreds, they began diving into the pond. There was much pushing and shoving as the meerkats behind vied to reach the pond’s edge. The frenzy was collective; even tiny meerkittens were making for the water, barely being held back by mothers and guardians.
    • ibidem, page 276: I woke up at dawn covered from head to toe in a living fur blanket. Some meerkittens had discovered the warmer parts of my body.
meese etymology Plural of moose, by analogy with goosegeese. pronunciation
  • (RP) [miːs]'''1975''': Royal Skousen, ''Substantive Evidence in Phonology: The Evidence from Finnish and French'', [ page 25] (Mouton) <br>     Do children in learning the language ever make “mistakes” by predicting, for example, that the plural of ''moose'' is '''{{IPAchar|[miːs]}}''' or that the plural of ''house'' is {{IPAchar|[haɪs]}} ?
noun: {{head}} {{g}}
  1. (chiefly, humorous) plural of moose
  • {{seeCites}}
  • For a discussion of the plural forms of moose, see the usage note at the entry for “moose”.
  • seeme
meetcha etymology meet + cha
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial) meet you Pleased to meetcha.
meetingitis etymology From meeting + itis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An excessive propensity to hold unnecessary meeting.
meeting room
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A room in a building, such as an office building, set aside for the use of people to hold meeting.
Synonyms: conference room
me fein etymology Borrowing from Irish mé féin. pronunciation may fane
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) myself. exampleThis is a photo of Jimmy, Tim, me fein, and Steve.
Although from the Irish Language, it is commonly used informally in English sentences.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Liverpool, pejorative) An objectionable, an unkempt person or a tramp.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Common abbreviation for many/any unit having the SI prefix mega-, such as megahertz (computing) - My new computer has over 500 megs of RAM. = megabyte (radio) - "What frequency does Radio XYZ broadcast on ?" "105.7 meg" = megahertz (heating) - "a 250 meg gas heater" = megajoule
  • This usage is mostly verbal. It is less often used in writing.
  • EMG
  • gem, Gem
mega etymology From the prefix mega-. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very large.
    • 2004, Nigel Coates, Collidoscope: new interior design (page 26) Follow those in the know to the fifth floor of Sega's Joy Polis, a mega indoor amusement park that's part of the Odaiba Decks Tokyo Bay entertainment complex near Tange's Fuji Television building.
  2. (slang, 1990s) great; excellent
    • 1998, John Barwick, Targeting Text (page 25) We had a mega time until Peter fell in the fish pond and cut his leg.
related terms:
  • mega-
  • game
  • mage
megaband etymology mega + band
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, informal) A particularly successful band.
megabank etymology mega + bank
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A major bank.
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megabid etymology mega + bid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very large bid offered in order to acquire a company.
  • dime bag
megabitch etymology mega + bitch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A real bitch; a very spiteful or objectionable person, usually female.
    • 2002, Francine Pascal, Missing (page 39) Ed Fargo—now dating my archenemy, megabitch Heather Gannis.
    • 2004, Laurie Faria Stolarz, White Is for Magic Jacob looks a bit dejected by my response, which makes me feel like a megabitch. I don't know what is wrong with me sometimes.
megabrew etymology mega + brew
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A large-scale commercial beer.
    • 2008, Lew Bryson, New Jersey Breweries (page 83) The pioneering Pennsylvania brewer Carol Stoudt attributes their hesitation to a megabrew backlash: “People who have had nothing but bland lagers for years want the extremes: heavy-handed hops, fruit beers, even smoked beers. …
    • 2010, Becky Ohlsen, Sweden (page 47) Local megabrew lagers, such as Spendrups, Pripps or Falcon, cost anywhere from Skr40 to Skr58 a pint, and imported beer or mixed drinks can be twice that.
megabucks etymology mega + bucks
noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal) Collectively, a very large amount of money (whether in dollar or other currency). He is making megabucks with his business venture.
  2. plural of megabuck
megabudget etymology mega + budget
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very large budget.
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megacase etymology mega + case
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very large and complex legal case.
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megacelebrity etymology mega + celebrity
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Very great fame.
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. (informal) A very famous celebrity.
megaclub etymology mega + club
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A superclub.
  • game club
megacoaster etymology mega + coaster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A rollercoaster with a height of between 200 and 299 feet.
    • 1998, Mike Schafer, Roller Coasters Often, we've seen coaster fans line up to ride a new megacoaster, get their ride, and then spend the rest of the day repeat-riding the park's other, smaller, more rideable coasters.
Synonyms: hypercoaster
megacorp etymology mega + corp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very large corporation; megacorporation.
    • 1980, Glenn Porter, Encyclopedia of American economic history: volume 2 In the period following World War II, the diversification strategy became a more common one for megacorps, the technique being refined so that expansion was no longer limited to industries with a similar technology.
    • 2009, Marc Lavoie, Louis-Philippe Rochon, Mario Seccareccia, Money and Macrodynamics: Alfred Eichner and Post-Keynesian Economics (page 99) If he were alive to study these changes, I think he would have focused his attention on how these changes affect the investment behavior of megacorps, for it is through investment that megacorps are able to grow over time.
megafan etymology mega + fan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (geology) {{rfdef}}
  2. (informal) An obsessively enthusiastic fan.
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Synonyms: (extreme fan) stan, superfan, trufan, uberfan
megafight etymology mega + fight
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A major fight with heavy promotion (in boxing, wrestling, etc.).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) a measure of the speed of a computer; one million floating point operation per second.
  2. (informal) A major flop; a film or other production that is a great failure.
megafund etymology mega + fund
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A major money-management operation dealing with large amounts of money.
megahero etymology mega + hero
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, rare) A very great hero.
megahome etymology mega + home
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very large and luxurious home.
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megajerk etymology mega + jerk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A particularly objectionable jerk.
    • 1998, Karle Dickerson, The Forgotten Filly "I guess Valerie's death is probably why Devin's been such a megajerk," Joelle told the filly as she groomed her later.
    • 2005, Lisa Marie Rice, Woman on the Run I love him, and he's had a bad time since Mom died, which is why I can forgive him for being such a megajerk, but he's not exactly gracious company...
    • 2009, Melena Ryzik, She's really shy, but that's a secret (New York Times, 4 January 2009) Or maybe they've — you've — had a run-in with the gum-popping, eye-rolling, demanding megajerks; the chatty, bargain-hungry Target cashier; or an irritated armchair film critic like Aunt Linda...
megaleak etymology mega + leak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very large-scale or significant leak of information.
megamerger etymology mega + merger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A particularly large economic merger.
megamillion etymology Concatenation of mega and million
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A great number of millions.
The word does not come from the SI prefix mega- but from concatenation with the informal word mega. Thus the word means "a great number of millions", not a thousand million or a million million. The noun is mainly used attributively.
related terms:
  • million
  • megamillionaire
megamoney etymology mega + money
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Very large amounts of money.
    • 2010, Leonard Mogel, Making It in Book Publishing (page 14) Publishers advance megamoney to a small coterie of established authors, and expect these books to be best-sellers; otherwise they would not advance such staggering sums.
megamusical etymology mega + musical
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A particularly elaborate or successful musical.
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megapenny etymology
  • mega-, from Ancient Greek μεγα- (megas), + penny, from Old English penning or pennig
  • (US) /ˈmɛ.ɡəˌpɛ.ni/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A million cents. ($10,000)
    • 1997, Gene Wirchenko, Re: New IEC proposal: 1 kibibyte = 1024 bytes, alt.folklore.computers (January 10, 1997): Or megapenny ($10,000) and nanoacre (for measuring chip sizes).
    • 2005, 'holatuwol', Forum post, (February 19, 2005): If I could, there would probably be dozens of large software corporations banging on my door, offering 20 megapennies a year, company cars, ...
  2. (humorous) An indefinite amount of money, implied to be large.
    • 1992, 'Stinger51', IE vs. NS (philosophy question), (October 11, 2002): A megapenny for your thoughts, please.
    • 1998, Greg Bennett and David C. Cox, Top Ten Harris Lies, "Harrisment" (February 1998): Not a penny, but megapennies!!! ....
    • 2004, 'holatuwol', Re: What is causing this phenomena?, "MoonRomance" (June 10, 2004): ... without resorting to shelling out megapennies.
    • 2005, Phil Hampton, re: Billionaire’s Money Question, Blog (December 20, 2005): And any billionaire who's worried about losing that megapenny really ought to take up a hobby, like maybe horse riding.
    • 2006, mbhunter, Ten unconventional uses for the penny, Mighty Bargain Hunter (August 20, 2006): No. 7: .... Settle out of court for many, many megapennies.
megaphone pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɛɡ.əˌfəʊn/
etymology 1 From mega + phone.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A portable, usually hand-held, funnel-shaped device that is used to amplify a person’s natural voice toward a targeted direction.
Synonyms: speaking trumpet
  • loudhailer, blowhorn
  • bullhorn, the modern electronic amplification version
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To use a megaphone.
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} Named for the root Aniba megaphylla + -one.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (organic compound) a cytotoxic neolignan obtained from the laurel Aniba megaphylla.
megaplan etymology mega + plan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A large-scale plan, especially one relating to construction.
  • game plan, gameplan
megapopular etymology mega + popular
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Extremely popular.
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megaprimary etymology mega + primary
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) A primary election for president that takes place on the same day across a wide geographic area covering many voter.
megarich etymology mega + rich
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Extremely rich; having a lot of money.
    • 2004, Patrick Regan, Steven Chorney, Paris the Heiress - An Unauthorized Parody Poor Paris didn't ask to be a megarich human doughnut (glazed on the outside, empty in the middle).
Synonyms: megawealthy
megasmash etymology mega + smash
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A very successful smash hit.
    • 1997, Billboard (volume 109, number 52, 27 December 1997, page 41) Soul-blues luminary Johnnie Taylor's megasmash "Good Love!" (Malaco), one of the abiding blues titles of 1996, rested near the top of the pack for '97 as well.
    • 2007, John David, Let Not The Left (page 111) No beautiful girl had ever dated him in thirty-three years before Totality - his first megasmash. Movies had changed that.
megaterror etymology mega + terror
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Large-scale terrorism.
  • retrogamer
megatick etymology mega + tick as in ticking off species on a checklist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, bird watching) A greatly desirable addition to the list of birds one has seen, usually because it is rare or seldom seen.
    • 1992, American Birding Association, Birding, Volumes 24-25 (page 69) Megacrex is surely a megatick! I know of only two birders who have seen this bird, and thus I had no expectation of seeing it myself during a trip to New Guinea...
    • 2000, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Birds, Volume 18 (page 128) They all looked as if they walked the Pennine Way for a megatick before breakfast.
    • 2003, Sophie Warne, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe (page 30) Birders come here to look for Finch's francolin, Congo moor chat and black- chinned weaver, among others. Other 'megaticks' include the distinctive black-collared bulbul, Petit's cuckoo-shrike, Salvadori's eremomela, yellow-bellied hyliota, Joanna's sunbird, the sought-after black-headed bee-eater and Ludher's bush shrike.
megatrend etymology mega + trend
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A major trend.
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megatsunami {{wikipedia}} etymology mega + tsunami. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɛɡə-tsuːˈnɑːmi/
  • {{enPR}}, /mɛɡə-suːˈnɑːmi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, often used by journalists) A very large tsunami.
megawealth etymology mega + wealth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Very great wealth.
    • {{quote-news}}
megawealthy etymology mega + wealthy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Extremely wealthy.
    • {{quote-news}}
Synonyms: megarich
meggings etymology {{blend}}; compare treggings, jeggings.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, informal) tights or leggings for men
meh {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology
  • Popularized by the television show , specifically in the episode titled "".
  • /mɛ/
  • {{audio}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Mediocre; lackluster; unexceptional; uninspiring.
    • 2003, steve-o, Jam On The River Mini-Review in They redeemed themselves with this show. The first song or two was meh, but they were on fire after that.
    • 2006, Suzanne D., Recaps: Finals Week 8 Performances, 5/2/2006 in The voice is excellent as always, but the overall effect was meh until the end, where he became a little bit awesome.
    • 2006, FunkyM, Turned on RAW for the first time in forever last night... in Nothing that was supposed to be big and exciting came off as such and the rest was meh at best.
  2. Apathetic; unenthusiastic.
    • 2003, Dana, 10/18/03 Shows in Both shows left me feeling, meh.
    • 2004, jennifer, The FANtasia thing: I don’t get it... in alt.gossib.celebrities I’m a huge Clay fan, love Ruben’s voice, and have become quite a fan of Kelly’s, as well. Fantasia just leaves me feeling meh.
    • 2006,, Steve’s impressions on random Genesis games in I liked it but I wasn’t feeling it for some reason that day, again, I was feeling meh toward video games in general.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Expressing indifference or lack of enthusiasm. “What do you want for dinner?” — “Meh. I’m not really hungry.” “That film was awesome!” — “Meh. I’ve seen better.”
    • 1995 March 19, “”, : Marge: [weaving on a loom] “Hi Bart, I’m weaving on a loom!” Bart: “Meh”.
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