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meid etymology Borrowing from Afrikaans meid, from Dutch meid. pronunciation
  • (S Africa) /meɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, offensive) A young black woman. {{defdate}}
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 113: The last time she heard Capt Stolz saying: ‘Come on, meid, speak up. Or do you want to die like Gordon Ngubene?’
meism etymology me + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Egotism; a focus on, or obsession with, oneself.
    • 2011, Konrad McKane, Alkaya: The Legend of Empyro, p. 14: They teach that everyone is a separate entity, and you should look out for number one, creating a selfish meism society.
    • 2005, Christopher McEnroe, It's Only the Enemy Screaming, p. 119: The new hippies, most of them, were just people who didn't buy into the rampant meism we were fed as children and teenagers.
    • 2001, Beverly Potter, Jeffrey Mishlove, Matt Gouig, The Way of the Ronin: Riding the Waves of Change, p. 174: The need to be a good team member and the propensiry toward individualism make the corporation an excellent opportunity for ronin to wrestle with the shadows of meism, opportunism, and glibness.
  • mimes
Melb etymology Shortening.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Melbourne (Australian city)
  • blem
melee Alternative forms: mêlée, melée etymology Borrowed from French mêlée, from Old French meslee, feminine past participle of mesler, derived from Latin misceō. pronunciation
  • /mɛˈleɪ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Hand-to-hand combat.
  2. A naval or armor battle at an abnormally close range, extending even to disorganized crowds of people or traffic jams, using no ammunition.
  3. A noisy or heated fight, argument or scrap.
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  4. (military, historical) A cavalry exercise in which two groups of rider try to cut paper plume off the helmet of their opponents, the contest continuing until no member of one group retains his plume.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (video games, slang) to physically hit, as opposed to shoot or blowing up.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, dated) {{eye dialect}}
mell of a hess etymology Deliberate spoonerism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) hell of a mess; a severe mess; a complicatedly bad situation
melodrama {{wikipedia}} etymology From French mélodrame, the second element refashioned by analogy with drama; ultimately from Ancient Greek μέλος 〈mélos〉 + δρᾶμα 〈drâma〉. Compare melodrame. Cognate to German Melodram and Spanish melodrama.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, uncountable) A kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes.
  2. (countable) A drama abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
  3. (uncountable, figuratively, colloquial) Any situation or action which is blown out of proportion.
melon {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • /ˈmɛlən/
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etymology 1 Old French melon, from Malayalam melonem, from Latin melopeponem, from Ancient Greek μηλοπέπων 〈mēlopépōn〉, from μῆλον 〈mē̂lon〉 + πέπων 〈pépōn〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) Any of various plant of the family Cucurbitaceae grown for food, generally not including the cucumber.
    1. Genus Cucurbita, various musk melon, including the honeydew and the cantaloupe, and the horned melon.
    2. Genus {{taxlink}}, the watermelon and others
    3. Genus Benincasa, a winter melon
    4. Genus {{taxlink}}, the bitter melon
  2. (uncountable) The fruit of such plants.
  3. (uncountable) A light pinkish orange colour, like that of some melon flesh. {{color panel}}
  4. (in the plural, slang) Breasts.
    • 2013, K. L. Brady, Got a Right to Be Wrong (page 107) “Wait a minute.” I said. “James with another woman? Mommy, that doesn't even sound right?” “It's true. I caught him squeezing her melons.”
  5. (countable, slang) The head.
  6. (countable, Australia, New Zealand, derogatory) A member of the Green Party, or similar environmental group.
  7. (countable) A mass of adipose tissue found in the forehead of all toothed whales, used to focus and modulate vocalizations.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) The result of heptazine being polymerize with the tri-s-triazine units linked through an amine (NH) link.
  • lemon
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of melon
  2. (slang, in the plural) Breasts.
  • Lemnos, lemons, solemn
melt etymology From Middle English melten, from Old English meltan and Old English mieltan, from Proto-Germanic *meltaną and Proto-Germanic *maltijaną, both from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mel-. Cognate with Icelandic melta. pronunciation
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  1. Molten material, the product of melting.
  2. The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state.
  3. The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.
  4. A melt sandwich.
    • 2002, Tod Dimmick, Complete idiot's guide to 20-minute meals‎: I recently asked a group of people whether they had eaten tuna melts as a kid. Everyone remembered a version of this dish.
  5. A wax-based substance for use in an oil burner as an alternative to mixing oils and water.
  6. (UK, slang) an idiot. The capital of France is Berlin. Shut up you melt!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ergative) To change (or to be changed) from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat. I melted butter to make a cake. When the weather is warm, the snowman will disappear; he will melt.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To dissolve, disperse, vanish. His troubles melted away.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To soften, as by a warming or kindly influence; to relax; to render gentle or susceptible to mild influences; sometimes, in a bad sense, to take away the firmness of; to weaken.
    • Shakespeare Thou would'st have … melted down thy youth.
    • Dryden For pity melts the mind to love.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) To be very hot and sweat profuse. Help me! I'm melting!
Synonyms: (change from solid to liquid) to found
meme {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined by Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene (1976). Shortened (after gene) from , from Ancient Greek μίμημα 〈mímēma〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /miːm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmit verbally or by repeat action from one mind to another in a comparable way to the transmission of gene.
    • 1976, Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene: Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches.
    • 2002, Rita Carter, Exploring Consciousness, p. 242: Related memes tend to form mutually supporting meme-complexes such as religions, political ideologies, scientific theories, and New Age dogmas.
  2. (Internet, slang) Something that is copied and circulated online with slight adaptions, including quiz, basic picture, video templates etc. A meme can be a photo or artwork, usually with text, often codified with a distinct white block lettering text on the image. If a particular, standardized image is used, there is a protocol to how it should be used
    • 2005, "darklily", OT: Livejournal (discussion on Internet newsgroup soc.sexuality.general) I do...but my journal is a mess. It's mostly filled with memes and my bitching about a house I am building.
    • 2012, Greg Jarboe, You Tube and Video Marketing, 2nd edition: The idea was to append Keyboard Cat to the end of a blooper video to "play" that person offstage after a mistake or gaffe, like getting the hook in the days of vaudeville. The meme became popular, Ashton Kutcher tweeted about it to more than 1 million followers, and more than 4,000 such videos have now been made.
    • 2013, The Guardian, (headline), 8 Feb 2013: Harlem Shake meme: the new Gangnam Style?
memo pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɛməʊ̯/
  • (US) /ˈmɛmoʊ̯/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short note; a memorandum.
  2. (computing) A record of partial results that can be reused later without recomputation.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To record something; to make a note of something.
  2. (informal) To send someone a note about something, for the record. I made sure to memo him about the client's complaints.
  • mome
memorial service
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A ceremony to honor a deceased person; a funeral. They had a very moving, emotional memorial service for the two popular teen-aged girls who died in a car accident over the weekend.
  2. An informal service honoring a deceased person, especially one that does not adhere to the traditional customs of a funeral. When Grandpa died, instead of a traditional funeral, he wanted a memorial service where people were free to share their memories and socialize.
Synonyms: funeral
mend etymology From Middle English menden, by apheresis for amenden; see amend. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A place, as in clothing, which has been repair by mending.
  2. The act of repair. My trousers have a big rip in them and need a mend.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine. My trousers have a big rip in them and need mending. When your car breaks down, you can take it to the garage to have it mended.
  2. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace. Her stutter was mended by a speech therapist. My broken heart was mended.
    • Sir W. Temple The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it.
  3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
    • Mortimer Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.
    • Shakespeare You mend the jewel by wearing it.
  4. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improve.
related terms:
  • amend
  • mend
me neither
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to say that a negative-containing statement of the previous speaker applies to the speaker as well. "I don't go there any more." / "Me neither." "I never go there." / "Me neither." "Would you go there?" / "No way." / "Me neither." "I can't go there." / "Me neither." "Neither of us go there." / "Me neither." "I saw no one." / "Me neither." "I'm not going anywhere today." / "Me neither." (Compare: "I'm going nowhere today." / "Me too." go nowhere is an idiom.)
Synonyms: nor I, nor do I, nor have I, nor am I, nor will I, nor can I, nor could I, nor would I (formal); I don't either, I haven't either, I'm not either
men in blue ties etymology From the association of the colour blue with the Liberal party.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, politics, derogatory) The men of the Liberal party and their background lobbyists, particularly with regard to women's issues.
    • 2013', , Gillard's warning on 'men in blue ties, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has played the gender card as she fights for electoral survival, warning the coalition's 'men in blue ties' would marginalise female politicians and treat abortion as a political plaything.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Mennonite
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A town in South Dakota
menopause etymology From French ménopause, from Latin menopausis, from Ancient Greek ἔμμηνος 〈émmēnos〉 + παῦσις 〈paûsis〉. Equivalent to {{confix}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The ending of menstruation; the time in a woman's life when this happens.
  • menarche
menophobia etymology {{confix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The fear of menopause.
    • 1992, Bettyann Kevles, book review, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 1992: Until her courageous effort, Sheehy suggests, menopause was a word seldom uttered aloud, certainly not in mixed company. She attributes this silence to "menophobia," fear of menopause.
    • 1995, Patricia J. Richter & Roger Duvivier, Midlife, Madness, or Menopause: Does Anyone Know What's Normal?, Chronimed Publishing (1995), ISBN 9781565610590, page 1: Therefore, in this book, we have chosen to talk not just about menopause, but about independent, intelligent, menophobia-free aging — aging with dignity.
    • 2000, Kathleen J. Greider, "Perimenopause and Other Midlife Opportunities", in In Her Own Time: Women and Developmental Issues in Pastoral Care, Augsburg Fortress (2000), ISBN 0800631374, page 204: Though some women fall prey to "menophobia" and shun any female over thirty, most women enjoy increased sisterhood in midlife and are nourished by being comrades in the passage through perimenopause.
menoporsche etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal) Male mid-life crisis or andropause, especially the type that manifests in attempts to reclaim lost youth, such as buying a sports car.
    • 2005, Shari Rudavsky, "Manopause", Indianapolis Star, 14 March 2005: Some doctors believe that midlife crises often stem from men's waning testosterone levels. Dr. Harry Fisch, a New York physician and author of the "Male Biological Clock," drolly refers to the phenomenon as "menoporsche," noting that testosterone treatment may prove a better antidote for the condition than the purchase of a new sports car.
  2. (countable, informal) A sports car bought by a man during a mid-life crisis.
    • 2004, Antony Mason & Marina Muratore, The Bluffer's Guide to Men and Women, Oval Books (2004), ISBN 9781903096307, page 45: At the onset of their mid-life crisis, along with the desire to recapture their lost youth, comes a yearning for the sexy, sleek, high-performance car of their dreams — the menoporsche.
Synonyms: (male middle-age decline) andropause, manopause
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mental {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French mental, from ll mentālis, from Latin mēns. Also from Latin mentum, depending on usage. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to the mind or an intellect process.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera,{{nb...}}, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosis, the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!"
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  2. (colloquial, comparable) Insane, mad, crazy. exampleHe is the most mental freshman I've seen yet.  He went mental {{nowrap}}
  3. (colloquial, UK, comparable) Enjoyable; fun. exampleThat was a mental party last night.
  4. (anatomy) Of or relating to the chin or median part of the lower jaw, genial. examplethe mental nerve;  the mental region
  5. (biology) Of or relating to the chin-like or lip-like structure.
Synonyms: genial (in the sense referring to the chin), genian (in the sense referring to the chin)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (zoology) A plate or scale covering the mentum or chin of a fish or reptile.
  • lament, Lament., malent, mantel, mantle
mental case
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) an insane person; a nutcase
mental hospital
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hospital facility designed to treat persons with serious mental disorder, as opposed to disorders of the body.
Synonyms: See
mental institution
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory slang) A psychiatric hospital, or the psychiatric ward of a hospital.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to mentalism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A practitioner of mentalism.
  2. (slang) An insane person.
    • I'm Alan Partridge (TV series), To Kill a Mocking Alan Jed Maxwell: See you next week then. We'll have that pint. Alan Partridge: Yep. Jed Maxwell: ...go and see my brother. Alan Partridge: No way, you big spastic! You're a mentalist!
mentally ill {{wikipedia}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a psychological disorder.
Synonyms: (colloquial) crazy, not all there
mental masturbation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Engaging in intellectually stimulating conversation with little or no practical purpose.
  1. (slang) Thought processes that only serve to satisfy oneself.
mental midget
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stupid person.
    • 2004, Dan Peek, An American Band, Xulon Press (2004), ISBN 1594679290, page 75: This mental midget was constantly blowing things up around the dorm.
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Synonyms: See also .
menuese etymology menu + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The elaborate language used to describe food and drink on restaurant menu.
meowy etymology From meow + -y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, of a cat) meowing a lot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) mephedrone
  • hemp
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A car. His dad's well rich: he's got a Merc and two BMWs.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A mercenary. Riddick, on the run from the law and evading mercs eager to claim the price on his head...
Synonyms: See
Mercedes etymology Spanish Mercedes. The car was named for Mercedes Jellinek, the daughter of Austrian businessman Emil Jellinek who ordered 36 cars from Gottlieb Daimler.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name occasionally borrowed from Spanish.
  2. (trademark) Short form of Mercedes-Benz.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A car manufactured by .
  2. plural of Mercedes
merch etymology {{clipping}}. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /mɝtʃ/
  • (RP) /mɜːtʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) merchandise
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merci etymology French merci
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (French, colloquial) thank you
mercy bucket etymology From the similarity of this (otherwise nonsensical) phrase to the French merci beaucoup.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) eye dialect of merci beaucoup
mercy fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An act of sexual intercourse performed out of pity for the other person's inadequate sex life.
    • 2004, J. L. Navarro, The Blood Cake Vendor and Other Stories It was unclean and he would have nothing to do with it. So she took what she could get, the mercy fucks that were tossed at her like meager bones and let it go at that. Lee could not understand why she just didn't pack her bags and leave.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (pejorative) informal form of Murdoch
etymology 1 1617, probably a variant form of malkin. pronunciation
  • (British) /ˈmɜːkɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A woman's pubic wig. Worn for nude stage appearances and by women after shaving their pubic hair (originally to eliminate lice, etc.; now often as a fashion item).
  2. A mop for cleaning cannon.
etymology 2 From the similar pronunciation to American. Alternative forms: 'merkin, Merkin, 'Merkin; murkin, 'murkin, Murkin, 'Murkin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, pejorative) An American.
Merkozy etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, politics) The (personification of the) unified position of France and Germany during the .
merry cocker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A cocker spaniel
    • 1897, Rawdon Briggs Lee, A History and Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain and Ireland, page 227 In fact the modern human beater — the fustian-clad yokel, with a long and stout stick and a stentorian cry of "Cock ! cock ! cock !" — has very long ago pretty well ousted the merry cockers or the more staid Clumber for driving the coverts; certainly an innovation not at all a desirable one.
    • 1931, "Garden Dog Show to Start Tuesday", in New York Times, Feb 8, 1931 The merry Cocker now is one of the most popular of breeds.
    • 1967, Fresno Bee, The, September 1, 1967, Fresno, California Again, the merry cocker is coming back.
mersh etymology Shortening of commercial. pronunciation
  • (US) [mɝʃ]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Low-grade or commercial-grade marijuana.
Synonyms: regs, schwag
coordinate terms:
  • mids, middies
  • kine bud, kind bud, KB, KBs
  • heads, headies
  • herms
mesc etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The drug mescaline.
meself etymology From me and -self.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (slang or dialectal) alternative form of myself 1997, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, iv: ‘True, I haven’t introduced meself.’
mess {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /mɛs/
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etymology 1 From Middle English mes, partly from Old English mese, meose table; that which is on a table; dish, food; meal, dinner; see mese; and partly from Old French mes, ll missum, from mittere (e.g. on the table), Latin mittere. See mission, and compare Mass. More at mese; see also mease.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Mass; church service.
  2. A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time. A mess of pottage.
    • Milton At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes.
  3. A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table. the wardroom mess
    • 1610, William Shakespeare, , IV. iv. 11: But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
  4. A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner). {{rfquotek}}
  5. (US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To take meal with a mess.
  2. (intransitive) To belong to a mess.
  3. (intransitive) To eat (with others). exampleI mess with the wardroom officers.
  4. (transitive) To supply with a mess.
etymology 2 Perhaps a corruption of Middle English mesh, compare muss, or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder. exampleHe made a mess of it. exampleMy bedroom is such a mess, I need to tidy up.
  2. (colloquial) A large quantity or number. exampleMy boss dumped a whole mess of projects on my desk today. exampleShe brought back a mess of fish to fix for supper.
  3. (euphemistic) Excrement. exampleThere was dog mess all along the street. exampleParked under a tree, my car was soon covered in birds' mess.
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Synonyms: see also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make a mess of.
  2. (transitive) To throw into confusion.
    • Scribner's Magazine It wasn't right either to be messing another man's sleep.
  3. (intransitive) To interfere. exampleThis doesn't concern you. Don't mess.
  • Mses.
message {{wikipedia}} {{rfc}} etymology Old French, from ll missaticum, from Latin mittere, missum. pronunciation
  • /ˈmɛsɪdʒ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A communication, or what is communicate; any concept or information conveyed.
    • Bible, Judges iii. 20 I have a message from God unto thee.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.”
    exampleWe've just received an urgent message from the President.
  2. An underlying theme or conclusion to be drawn from something.
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    exampleThe main message of the novel is that time heals all wounds.
In Ireland, Scotland and Northern England, messages (plural) can mean "groceries, shopping".
  • msg
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To send a message to; to transmit a message to, e.g. as text via a cell phone. Just message me for directions. I messaged her about the concert.
  2. To send (something) as a message; usually refers to electronic messaging. She messaged me the information yesterday. Please message the final report by fax.
  3. (intransitive) To send a message or messages; to be capable of sending messages. We've implemented a new messaging service. The runaway computer program was messaging non-stop.
  4. (obsolete) To bear as a message.
Synonyms: (send a text message to) text
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who messes things up.
mess up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make a mess of; to untidy, disorder, soil, or muss. The afternoon breeze messed up my hair.
  2. (transitive) To cause a problem with; to introduce an error or mistake in; to make muddled or confused; spoil; ruin. The change messed something up, and it's not working anymore.
  3. (transitive) To botch, bungle; to perform poorly on. Well, I messed up my solo, but otherwise it was a good concert.
  4. (intransitive) To make a mistake; to do something incorrectly; to perform poorly. He has a hard time getting started because he's afraid he'll mess up. She messed up on her final exam.
  5. (transitive) To cause (another person) to make unwanted mistakes in a given task, usually through distraction or obnoxious behavior. Stop bumping me! You keep messing me up!
  6. (transitive) To damage; injure. He messed up his elbow at the track meet.
  7. (transitive, slang) To manhandle; beat up; rough up. Her brother's friends messed him up a little after he cheated on her.
  8. (transitive, slang) To discombobulate, utterly confuse, or confound psychologically; to throw into a state of mental disarray. That girl totally messed me up, man. I'm not sure who I am anymore.
Synonyms: (make a physical mess of) fuck up (vulgar), gum (verb: "gum up"), (cause an error or problem in) fuck up, jack up, screw up, (botch, bungle) gum (verb: "gum up"), foul up, fuck up, screw up, (intransitive: make a mistake, perform poorly) fuck up, screw up, (cause (another) to make mistakes) screw up, (damage, injure) fuck up, jack up, screw up, (manhandle, rough up) fuck up, (discombobulate, throw into mental disarray) fuck up
  • spumes
messy etymology From mess + y. pronunciation
  • /ˈmɛsi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a place, situation, person, etc) In a disorderly state; chaotic; disorderly.
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    examplea messy office
  2. (of a person) Prone to causing mess. exampleHe is the messiest person I've ever met.
  3. (of a situation) Difficult or unpleasant to deal with. examplea messy divorce
  • neat
  • orderly
  • German: Messie
Met etymology Abbreviation of metropolitan pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɛt/
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abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (London) The
  2. (London, historical) The
  3. (London) The Metropolitan Police Service of London (MPS)
  4. (US, with “the”) The in New York City.
  5. (New York, arts, with “the”) The current or historical or its opera company.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (London, informal) A Metropolitan Line train
  2. (baseball) A player for the New York Mets
  • EMT, TEM
meta etymology From meta-
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Self-referential; at a higher level
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. boundary marker
  2. Either of the conical column at each end of a Roman circus
  • mate, maté, meat, tame, team
metagrobolism etymology Coined in translation of ' works, derived from the obsolete French metagrabouliser.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) Concealment, mystification, obfuscation.
    • 1653, François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel: [A]ll the autonomatic metagrobolism of the Romish Church, when tottering and emblustricated with the gibble-gabble gibberish of this odious error and heresy, is homocentrically poised.
metal {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old French metal, from Latin metallum, from Ancient Greek μέταλλον 〈métallon〉, from μέταλλευειν 〈métalleuein〉, of unknown origin, but apparently related to μέταλλαν 〈métallan〉, also of unknown origin. pronunciation
  • /ˈmɛtəl/, [ˈmɛ.ɾl̩]
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  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (in accents with flapping)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heading) Chemical elements or alloys, and the mines where their ores come from.
    1. Any of a number of chemical element in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms; generally shiny, somewhat malleable and hard, often a conductor of heat and electricity.
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    2. Any material with similar physical properties, such as an alloy.
      • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window{{nb...}}.
    3. (astronomy) An element which was not directly created after the Big Bang but instead formed through nuclear reactions; any element other than hydrogen and helium.
      • 2003, Michael A. Seeds, Astronomy: The Solar System and Beyond, Thomson Brooks/Cole (ISBN 9780534395377) Most of the matter in stars is hydrogen and helium, and the metals (including carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and so on) were cooked up inside stars.
      • 2008, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Geochemical Society, Oxygen in the solar system, Mineralogical Society of Amer (ISBN 9780939950805) Thus, for the remaining elements, including oxygen, the solid phase appears to be important. In fact, at a metallicity of Z=0.02, and with a gas-to-dust ratio of 100, about half of the metals — including oxygen — are contained in the solid phase.
      • 2015, Alan Longstaff, Astrobiology: An Introduction, CRC Press (ISBN 9781498728454), page 350 Metals include oxygen and carbon which means that water and organic molecules would have been abundant in the early universe, perhaps paving the way for the emergence of life within a couple of billion years of the Big Bang.
    4. Crushed rock, stones etc. used to make a road.
    5. (mining) The ore from which a metal is derived. {{rfquotek}}
    6. (obsolete) A mine from which ores are taken.
      • Jeremy Taylor (1613–1677) slaves…and persons condemned to metals
  2. (tincture) A light tincture used in a coat of arms, specifically argent and or.
  3. Molten glass that is to be blown or moulded to form objects. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (music) A category of rock music encompassing a number of genres (including thrash metal, death metal, heavy metal, etc.) characterized by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars.
  5. (archaic) The substance that constitutes something or someone; matter; hence, character or temper; mettle.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, : LEONATO. Well, niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband. BEATRICE. Not till God make men of some other metal than earth. Would it not grieve a woman to be over-mastered with a piece of valiant dust?
  6. The effective power or calibre of gun carried by a vessel of war.
  7. (UK, obsolete, in the plural) The rail of a railway.
  8. (informal, travel, aviation) The actual airline operating a flight, rather than any of the codeshare operators. exampleWe have American Airlines tickets, but it's on British Airways metal.
  • (any of a number of chemical elements in the periodic table that form a metallic bond with other metal atoms) nonmetal
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (music) Characterized by strong, fast drum-beats and distorted guitars. {{defdate}}
  2. Having the emotional or social characteristics associated with metal music; brash, bold, frank, unyielding, etc.
related terms:
  • heavy metal
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make a road using crushed rock, stones etc.
metalhead etymology metal + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Someone who listens to heavy metal music.
metaller pronunciation
  • /mɛtælə/
etymology metal + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (music, informal) One who listens to metal music.
Synonyms: metalhead
metalloid {{wikipedia}} etymology metal + oid.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) An element, such as silicon or germanium, intermediate in properties between that of a metal and a nonmetal; especially one that exhibits the external characteristics of a metal, but behaves chemically more as a nonmetal.
  2. (chemistry, obsolete) The metallic base of a fixed alkali, or alkaline earth; applied to sodium, potassium, and some other metallic substances whose metallic character was supposed to be not well defined. {{rfquotek}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characteristic of the metal music genre.
    • 1997, CMJ New Music Monthly (number 43, page 12) Graham Massey of 808 State turns a Björkian moan into a vibrating siren and powers his strangely metalloid version of "Army Of Me" with it; the Brodsky String Quartet turns "Hyperballad" into a stately 3-D chess game.
    • 2004, Gene Santoro, Highway 61 Revisited It expanded from bleary delay rippling with looped phrases to embrace molten metalloid raunch and blues grit, acoustic guitars and pedal steels.
metalness etymology metal + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The quality or degree of being metallic.
  2. (informal) The quality or degree of resembling, or being a fan of, heavy metal music.
meter maid Alternative forms: meter-maid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female meter attendant: a female public servant tasked with enforcing the use of parking meter.
  2. (derogatory) A meter attendant of either gender.
  • This term is frequently taken as derogatory, even when used in reference to a woman. A more neutral term is meter attendant, which is the term found in the United States Department of Labor Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
  • Dreamtime
meth pronunciation
  • /mɛθ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Abbreviation of methamphetamine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Methamphetamine, especially in the form of the crystalline hydrochloride.
etymology 2 From meths or methylated spirits, as stereotypically drunk by tramps.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, pejorative) A tramp.
related terms:
  • meths drinker
  • them
methinks Alternative forms: me thinks, mythinks, my thinks etymology From me (object pronoun = "to me") + think. In Early Modern English, used at least 150 times by ; in Middle English by , me thinketh; and in Old English by , . pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɪˈθɪŋks/
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contraction: {{en-cont}} (past tense: methought)
  1. (archaic or humorous) It seem to me.
    • ~870-899, Alfred the Great: Forthy me thincth betre, gif iow swæ thincth, thæt we eac sumæ bec
    • ~1350-1400, Geoffrey Chaucer: Me thinketh accordant to reasonTo telle you al the condicion
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, King Richard III: III, i methinks the truth should live from age to age,
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act III, scene II The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
    • 2003, , "": Dr. Tobias Funke: Methinks a cupid I shall play.
methinkst pronunciation
  • (UK, US) /miːˈθɪŋkst/
verb: {{head}}
  1. (archaic or humorous) methinks
    • 1811, The history of Clarissa Harlowe: in a series of letters, Volume 3 , J. Carpenter and William Miller, pg. 314: If thou designest to be honest, methinkst thou sayst, Why should not Singleton's plot be over with thee, as it is with her brother?
    • 1857, Alfred Elwes, trans. Mary Lafon, "Jaufry the Knight and the Fair Brunissende," Graham's illustrated magazine, publ. Watson, pg. 203: "Dwarf," said the king, " God save thee, too ! for thou methinkst are honest. Speak without fear, and do thy message featly."
    • 1907, Nixon Waterman, "New England Apostrophes," The New England Magazine, Volume 36, pg. 346: And yet, methinkst, as Ajax did of old Defy the lightning, so thou, too, dost dare To ask to have our tariff, so I'm told, Revised somewhat.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (slang, nonstandard or humorous) eye dialect of methinks
    • 1997, "Roger Waters", VEWY VEWY QUIET IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH???? (on newsgroup Methinx that line in the sand has been drawn.
    • 1999, "croft_house", Exiles and the Borthdi Meet. (on newsgroup uk.local.geordie) Just a suggestion, but I think that GNER do a very cheap rail ticket as long as you spend the Saturday night away from London ( damm good idea methinx! ).
  • This is a deliberately incongruous respelling of an archaic term in modern shorthand.
metho etymology From methylated spirits + o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) Methylated spirits.
    • 1985, Living Australia, photograph caption, Dangerous Australians: The Complete Guide to Australia's Most Deadly Creatures, page 61, Ben Cropp, aided by his wife Lynn, tests the effectiveness of metho and vinegar against box jellyfish stings (above); see Ben′s foreword for details of the experiment.
    • 1988, , Cold Water, Save Me, Joe Louis, reprinted 2010, Trouble: Evolution of a Radical, Selected Writings 1970-2010, page 78, We thought an alcoholic was a low life, someone on metho, or a benighted person who drank a bottle of gin before breakfast. Not us.
    • 1996, Curriculum Corporation (Australia), From Igloos to Yurts: Years 4-7, page 23, Assist students to design and construct models of hot-air balloons ranging from those using shopping bags and hair dryers, to those using tissue paper and metho burners, depending on the resources available.
method etymology From Middle French méthode, from Ancient Greek μέθοδος 〈méthodos〉, from μετά 〈metá〉 + ὁδός 〈hodós〉. pronunciation
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  • /ˈmɛθəd/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something (followed by the adposition of, to or for before the purpose of the process):
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 3 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.”
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    exampleOne method of exercising a cat consist of making it follow the spot generated by a laser pointer. exampleIf one method doesn't work, you should ask a friend to help you.
  2. A type of theatrical acting wherein the actor utilizes his personal emotion from personal experience to portray a scripted scene.
  3. (programming, object-oriented) A subroutine or function belonging to a class or object.
  4. (slang) Marijuana.
  • mothed
me three etymology A pun; by analogy with a jocular re-interpretation of me too as me two.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) Used to express agreement, after someone has already said "me too".
    • 1982, Richard Kluger, Un-American Activities, Doubleday Publishing, page 524 “...Come if you can—he’d like that a lot.” / “Me, too.” / “Me, three.” She gave a girlish giggle and unlocked her door.
    • 1995, Jeanne Betancourt, Give Me Back My Pony, Scholastic Paperbacks, ISBN 0590485865, page 16 “I hate saying good-bye,” Lulu said sadly. / “Me too,” Pam said. / “Me three,” Anna said.
    • 2006, Michelle Murphy, Sick Building Syndrome and the Problem of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience, and Women Workers, Duke University Press, ISBN 0822336715, page 1 Perhaps a first worker complained about an aspect of their work environment, and others chimed in—Me too, me three!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) An expression of support to a position that has already been proposed and seconded.
    • 1980 June 7, in U.S. House Subcommittee on Census and Population, Oversight hearings on the 1980 census: hearings before the Subcommittee on Census and Population of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service, House of Representatives, Ninety-sixth Congress, first [-second] session, U.S. Government Printing Office, page 95 Mostly, I just wanted to say sort of a me-too, or me-three, or me-ten statement at this point: The census is extremely important.
meths drinker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) One who drinks methylated spirits.
related terms:
  • (Geordie) meth
  • (slang) wino
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) mephedrone
me time
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, informal) Time to oneself; a period spent relaxing on one's own.
Metis {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 French métis, from Old French , from ll mixticius. originally referred to Francophone and Cree-speaking descendants of the French-Catholic Red River Métis in Manitoba. Compare mestizo. Alternative forms: Métis, metis, métis pronunciation
  • /meiˈtiː/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada) One of three recognized Aboriginal people of Canada, descendants of marriages of Cree, Ojibwa, Saulteaux, and Menominee Aboriginal people with French Canadian, Scot and English.
  2. (chiefly, Canada) A person of mixed European and Aboriginal descent. Often uncapitalized as metis.
Synonyms: Bois Brule, Bois Brulé, country born, mixed-blood, (pejorative, offensive) half-breed
related terms:
  • Michif
The Canadian Oxford Dictionary uses the spelling , but Métis with the acute accent is used officially by organizations such as the Métis National Council and the Government of Canada.
etymology 2 From Ancient Greek Μῆτις 〈Mē̂tis〉, a titaness, consort of Zeus
  • /ˈmiːtɨs/
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Greek god) The personification of "Wisdom". Daughter of the Titan Oceanus and Tethys. She was a Titan, but not one of the first twelve Titans. First spouse of Zeus, and the mother of Athena, goddess of wisdom. She symbolises the divine wisdom.
  2. (astronomy) A satellite of Jupiter.
  3. (astronomy) Short for 9 Metis, a main belt asteroid.
  • emits, i-stem, items, mites, smite, times, Times
metric shitload
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, humorous) A very large number or amount.
    • 1982, Robert Merkin, The south Florida book of the dead, William Morrow & Co (ISBN 9780688009885) Me, I spent it fantasizing about the future, airbrushing an old dream that had only required a metric shitload of cash.
    • 1987, Robert Merkin, Zombie jamboree: a novel, McGraw-Hill Book Co (ISBN 9780070415195) Lifer karma, that's what it was, and I'd apparently accumulated a metric shitload of it.
    • 2005, Maureen Johnson, The Bermudez Triangle, Penguin (ISBN 9781101578735) “And then, because that wasn't enough,” he went on, “I got a credit card and bought a metric shitload of DVDs so that she could pick the one she wanted to watch. …“
    • 2007, Charles Stross, Halting State, Penguin (ISBN 9781101208793) So SPOOKS is basically a tool that permits an electronic intelligence agency to run a metric shitload of unwitting human intelligence agents, weekend spies.
    • 2011, Chuck Wendig, Double Dead, Abaddon Books (ISBN 9781849972710) To his human mind, nothing here made sense. It was like that old game: One of these things is not like the other, one of these things does not belong. But it wasn't just one thing. It was a metric shitload of things. It was all things.
    • 2011, Charles Stross, Rule 34, Hachette UK (ISBN 9780748116355) “I refuse to speculate: It's unprofessional, and besides, she might have had a perfectly innocent reason for owning a metric shitload of cancelled bank-notes in an obsolete currency. …“
    • 2012, M. L. N. Hanover, Killing Rites: Black Sun's Daughter: Book Four, Hachette UK (ISBN 9780748133352) I know you've got a metric shitload of questions about your uncle. I wish I could help you more, but hey. We do what we can, right?
metro pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɛtɹəʊ/
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etymology 1 French métro, apocopic form of métropolitain, from the Ancient Greek roots μήτηρ 〈mḗtēr〉 + πόλις 〈pólis〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An underground railway.
  2. A train that runs on such an underground railway.
  3. An urban rapid transit light railway
  4. A train that runs on such a railway.
Synonyms: (underground railway) el/El (US), subway (US), Tube (the London underground), underground (UK), underground railway (UK)
etymology 2 abbreviation of metropolitan
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A metropolitan area.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Metropolitan.
Metroidvania etymology Blend of Metroid and Castlevania, two influential games of this type.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (video games, informal) A style of platform game with role-playing game elements and inventory items, involving more exploration than a traditional linear platform game.
    • 2008, Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition The Castlevania games share similarities with the Metroid series, in particular the free-roaming design in which new abilities allow access to different areas. Because of this, fans often refer to such games as "Metroidvania" in style.
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Mexcrement etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A Mexican.
Mexican etymology From Spanish Mexicano, from nah Mexihcah plural of Mexihcatl + -ano pronunciation
  • /ˈmɛks.ɪ.kən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A Mexica; an Aztec.
    • 1660: , The Shaking of the Olive-Tree, p. 260 Surely, nature it ſelf calls to us for this reſpect to a deity, even the very ſavage Indians may teach us this point of religion; amongſt whom we find the Mexicans, a people that had never had any intercourſe with the other three parts of the World, Eminent in this kinde; what ſumptuous, and ſtately Temples had they erected to their Devils: How did they enrich their miſ-called Gods with Magazins of their treaſure?
    • 1677: Richard Gilpin, Daemonologia Sacra, or, a Treatise of Satans Temptations, pp. 255–256 Not unlike to this were thoſe morſels of Paſte, which the Mexicans uſed in their Religious Feaſts, which they laid at their Idols Feet, conſecrating them by Singing and other Ceremonies, and then they called them the Fleſh and Bones of their God Vitziliputzli
    • 1782: review of Storia antica del Messico, in The Critical Review: Or, Annals of Literature, vol. 54, p. 144 The Aztecheſe, or Mexicans, were the laſt who arrived in Anahuac.
  2. (obsolete) The Nahuatl language.
    • 1856: Arthur Helps, The Spanish Conquest in America, vol. 2, p. 239 Painala was in the Mexican province of Coatzacualco: she was accordingly able to speak Mexican.
  3. A person from Mexico or of Mexican descent.
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  4. (US, slang, offensive) A person from, or of descent from, any Spanish-speaking country.
  5. The Mexican dialect of Spanish.
    • 1970, Stan Steiner, La raza: the Mexican Americans, page 224 "You see, I never learned to speak Spanish, but speak Mexican fluently," he says disarmingly.
    • 1998, Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, Herbert Siguenza, Culture Clash: Life, Death, and Revolutionary Comedy, page 23 You really scare me when you speak Mexican.
    • 2000, Ben K. Green, The Village Horse Doctor: West of the Pecos, page 87 I didn't speak much Mexican, but I savvied a lot more than I could speak and picked the word banditos out of their conversation.
  6. (Australia, slang, Queensland) A person from either of the southern states of New South Wales and Victoria.
Synonyms: (Mexica) Mexica, Aztec, (language) Nahuatl, Aztec
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) Of or pertaining to the Mexica people.
  2. (obsolete) Of or pertaining to the Nahuatl language.
    • 1795: W. Winterbotham, An Historical, Geographical, Commercial, and Philosophical View of the American United States, vol 4, p. 87 The principal grain of Mexico, before the introduction of thoſe from Europe, was maize, in the Mexican language called tluolli, of which there were ſeveral kinds, different in ſize, weight, colour, and taſte.
    • 1810: review of "Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain", in The Eclectic Review The language most universally diffused over the new continent, is the Aztec or Mexican.
  3. Of, from, or pertaining to Mexico.
Synonyms: (people) Mexica, Aztec, (language) Nahuatl, Aztec
Mexican overdrive etymology Based on NASCAR teams' experience in the early 1950s in the legendary Carerra Panamerica where the long hills would have otherwise overrevved the engines
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) The neutral gear when used while a vehicle is moving, especially when it is used to save fuel or to coast down hill faster than a vehicle can go in gear. (This is illegal in some places.) He shifted his car out of gear, at the top of the hill, and coasted down in Mexican overdrive.
Synonyms: freewheel
Mexican standoff {{wikipedia}} etymology The origin of this expression is uncertain, but it is likely that it arose in the American southwest during the late 1800s. The Cambridge Dictionary makes an unattributed claim that the term is of Australian origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) A stalemate, or a confrontation between two or more sides that no side can win.
  2. (idiomatic, slang specifically) A confrontation between two or more armed parties, neither of which wants to attack first (fearing that the other could retaliate), but neither of which will disarm (for fear the other will attack).
  3. (rail transport) A near-collision between two trains, an averted cornfield meet.
MexiCoke {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Mexicoke etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, neologism) Mexican Coke.
Mexifornia etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (US, sometimes, derogatory) California, viewed as increasingly Mexican in population and culture, especially due to illegal immigration.
    • 1975, Alfred Bester, The computer connection (page 11) He spent a few months with me in Mexifornia
    • 2008, Jennifer Ingraham Bryant, Vigilance on the Border (page 95) This was demonstrated by references to California as Mexifornia, complaints about hearing Spanish in stores and restaurants, and seeing, "so few white people in Wal-Mart" (CP6).
    • Samuel Heath, The American Poet: Weedpatch Gazette for 2005 (page 210) the millions of illegal alien barbarians in Mexifornia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang, California) The transformation of California by infusion of Mexican culture especially as a result of illegal immigration.
    • 2004 June 4, "Iconoclast", "Terminating California?", alt.politics.immigration, Usenet What Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing is the de facto Mexifornication of California.
    • 2004 September 27, Alan K. Stebbens, "Mexifornication Of California", Alan's Radio Weblog, at Since most of these illegal immigrants are Mexicans, it is a "Mexifornication" of California.
    • 2005 November 3, Jimmy Mac, "1 AM Bike Riders - Watchout [sic.] Neighbors", sonoma.general, Usenet It was always a small group of latino's [sic.] on stolen bikes.... Just another example of the "cause and effect" of the Mexifornication of Sonoma County.
    • 2006 May 24, "Katie's Dad", "Why this is our last chance to save this nation from history's dustbin", Unabashedly Unhyphenated, at The presence of such a malignant cultural factor in even the smallest significant numbers can only lessen us.... The Senate believes that its job is to impose this Mexifornication upon us all
related terms:
  • Californication
mexxy etymology Diminutive with -y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The recreational drug methoxetamine.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (coarse, slang) motherfucker
  2. (electronics) initialism of medium frequency
related terms:
  • (electronics) LF, HF, MW
  • FM
acronym: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (military) Military Figure Who's In Charge.
  2. (slang, military) Mother Fucker Who's In Charge.
etymology 1
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (classical studies) An ancient bluff game played with dice.
etymology 2 Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) bulimia (used especially by the pro-mia movement).
related terms:
  • pro-mia
  • AIM, aim, AMI, IAM, I'ma, Ima, MAI, Mai
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of meow
  2. (UK, slang, uncountable) the drug mephedrone.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative spelling of meow
This traditional British spelling is increasingly replaced by meow.
Michiana etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) A region of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan centered on the city of in Indiana.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Michael.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) An Irishman
mick pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From a common Irish name Michael
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (offensive slang) an Irishman
  2. A Catholic, particularly of Irish descent.
etymology 2 abbreviation of Mickey Mouse
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Easy. Geology is so mick - half the jocks are in it.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A Mickey Finn; a beverage, usually alcoholic, that has been drugged.
  2. (Canada) A 375-milliliter (13.2 imperial fluid ounce; 12.7 US fl oz) bottle of liquor, such as whiskey.
  3. (Ulster, derogatory) a Catholic
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Michael, Mike or Mick.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Michaela.
Alternative forms: Micky
mickey pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmɪki/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, Canada, informal) A small bottle of liquor, holding 375 ml or 13 oz., typically shaped to fit in one's pocket.
    • While you're at the liquor store, can you pick up another mickey of rye?
  2. (slang) A Mickey Finn; a beverage, usually alcoholic, that has been drugged.
  3. (slang) American depression era term for a potato as in a "roasted mickey".
    • We roasted mickeys over a fire with two foot sticks.
  4. (Cockney rhyming slang) piss, shortened and more commonly used form of Mickey Bliss.
  5. (computing) The resolution of a mouse, used as a unit of length.
related terms:
  • See take the mickey
Mickey D Alternative forms: Mickey D's
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  1. (slang) Nickname for McDonald's, chain of fast-food restaurants.
    • 1996, Francine Rivers, The Scarlet Thread, page 417 Clanton and Carolyn made no complaints, but she could tell they would have preferred a Mickey D to her festive efforts. The best thing about the turkey was the skin.
    • 1997, Tony Chiu, Positive Match, page 110 Tejada quickly sobered them: "How much a cow weigh after Mickey D be through with him?
    • 2003, Robert K. Tanenbaum, Absolute Rage, page 13 […] the local metropolis, population twelve thousand, a Mickey D, three gas stations, and a Bi-Lo […].
    • 2006, Elizabeth Whitmer, Aloha Rainbow, page 154 Damn thing even promised free Mickey D chicken salad coupons for filling out questionnaires.
Mickey D's Alternative forms: Mickey D
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) McDonald's (the chain of fast food restaurant).
    • 2001, Susan Jane Gilman, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess, page 42 For those five days each month when we've been hormonally hijacked, there are women's health clinics to be defended, underpaid amigas at Mickey D's to be organized, and redwood trees to be protected.
    • 2003, JoAnn Ross, Magnolia Moon, page 121 He looked around. This place wasn't exactly Mickey D's, but it was sure a lot better than some of the places he'd been eating in lately.
    • 2004, Mariane Pearl, A Mighty Heart: The Inside Story of the Al Qaeda Kidnapping of Danny Pearl, page 97 What would I tell him, “Sorry, darling, I was at Mickey D's”?
    • 2005, Tananarive Due, Joplin's Ghost, "Hey, listen here, ya'll," Serena said, "I don't know if big is beautiful, but Mickey D's fries and Dunkin' Donuts are damn masterpieces. They're straight-up works of art. O-kayyyy?"
    • 2005, John Connolly, The Black Angel: A Thriller, page 24 "This like Mickey D's. It's all about the dollar." "I can pay you," said the old woman. She raised a pathetic handful of ragged bills.
Synonyms: Macca's {{qual}}, Maccy D's {{qual}}
Mickey Finn {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Mickey Flynn etymology Probably named for the manager and bartender of a Chicago establishment, the Lone Star Saloon and Palm Garden Restaurant, which operated from 1896 to 1903, who was accused of using "knockout drops" to incapacitate and rob some of his customers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) an alcoholic drink doctored with a drug intended to quickly render the drinker unconscious.
Mickeymania etymology Mickey + mania
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  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for the cartoon character Mickey Mouse.
    • 1990, The New York Times Magazine There are, of course, perfectly reasonable explanations for Mickeymania.
    • 1997, Alison Stern, Fodor's Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Orlando (page 2) Similar to California's Disneyland, it's the wellspring of Mickeymania, a paradise for the young at heart, and the most popular individual theme park in the United States, welcoming more than 11 million visitors every year.
    • 2007, Todd G. Buchholz, New ideas from dead CEOs Over the next few years, Mickeymania swept the country. Fans across the globe from Franklin Roosevelt to Mussolini applauded his antics in the films that followed.
Mickey Mouse Protection Act
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  1. (informal) Copyright Term Extension Act
Synonyms: Sonny Bono Act
Mickeysoft etymology From Mickey Mouse (suggesting inferior quality) and Microsoft.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory)
Micro$oft etymology The Microsoft name with a dollar sign, implying greed and capitalism.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Microsoft
microfame etymology micro + fame
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Small-scale fame.
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microfortnight etymology From micro + fortnight.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A period of time equal to one millionth of a fortnight, or exactly 1.2096 seconds.
    • 1994, Ralf Brown, Jim Kyle, Network interrupts: a programmer's reference to network APIs‎ DWORD (big-endian) microfortnights between pings
    • 1994, Ruth E Goldenberg, Saro Saravanan, OpenVMS AXP internals and data structures: version 1.5‎ A microfortnight is treated as equivalent to a second.
    • 2001, Colin Harrison, Bodies Electric (novel), Macmillan, ISBN 9780312979669, page 115: “… The whole thing takes about a microfortnight.” ¶ “What’s a microfortnight?” I asked. ¶ “About one-point-two seconds,” DiFrancesco answered, as if I were the stupidest man alive. …
    • 2009, "nev young", Hey ... Just hang on a microfortnight (discussion on Internet newsgroup uk.rec.sheds)
Microhoo etymology From the names of the two companies.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (computing, humorous) The company that would be formed by the acquisition of Yahoo! by Microsoft (the potential result of a merger proposed in 2005, 2006, and 2007).
    • 2008, Sunit Arora, Arindam Mukherjee, Knock Knock... MS Hoo (in Outlook, volume 48, number 7, 18 February 2008, page 53) If it manages to win over Yahoo, the combined entity (already dubbed Microhoo on the Net) would be another behemoth, not only controlling e-mail and instant messenger (over 90 per cent share), but also standing significantly taller in the fight against Google.
    • 2008, Newsweek (volume 151) Facing the Possibility of Microhoo!
    • 2008, "Lawrence D'Oliveiro", Microhoo prognostications (on newsgroup nz.comp) Yahoo's systems are based heavily on Open Source. If Microsoft keeps them that way, it will lose credibility with customers.
    • 2008, "Matt", [News] Ogg is Coming to Hundreds of Millions of PCs!! (on newsgroup comp.os.linux.advocacy) MS is desperate to find something new that others might play catchup to, with little success. Their approach has almost always been claim jumping ("A market without competition, isn't."). That is hardly working for them anymore (witness Zune, Microhoo).
    • 2011, unknown author, Went back to 3.5 (on newsgroup You made a really, really bad move getting in bed with microhoo, and it will cost you in the end.

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