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miser {{wikipedia}} etymology From ll miser. pronunciation
  • /ˈmaɪzə(r)/
  • :{{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person who hoard money rather than spend it; one who is cheap or extremely parsimonious. was a stereotypical miser, he spent nothing he could save; neither giving to charity nor enjoying his wealth.
Synonyms: cheapskate, scrooge, skinflint, See
  • spendthrift
  • emirs
  • mires
  • Reims
  • remis
  • rimes
miserly etymology Combination of miser "money-hoarding person" and -ly, attested from the 1540s. pronunciation
  • /ˈmaɪ.zə(ɹ).li/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Like a miser; very covetous; stingy; cautious with money
Synonyms: See also , See also
miseryguts etymology misery + guts
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A miserable, negative person.
    • 2004, Ed Murfin, Sabbatical He was regarded standoffish or withdrawn or even as a miseryguts.
    • 2005, Jeffrey Miller, Murder's Out of Tune You know, Jers, you've become one incredible miseryguts. A grumpy old granny. I mean, I'm offering you a hand, here.
    • 2007, Rob Steen, Sports journalism: a multimedia primer At the end of the decade, the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, better known as an accomplished miseryguts, captured the zeitgeist more perceptively than most...
misery lit {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A genre of supposedly biographical literature mostly concerned with the protagonist's triumph over personal trauma or abuse.
Synonyms: mis lit, misery porn, pathography
misfire etymology mis + fire pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmɪsˌfaɪɹ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of misfiring.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (of a firearm) To fail to discharge properly
  2. (of an engine) To fail to ignite in the proper sequence
  3. (of a plan) To fail to achieve the anticipated result His practical joke misfired and he nearly burnt my left hand.
mish etymology Simple spoken contraction of mission.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) mission
  • shim
mishegoss etymology Yiddish מישעגאָסס 〈myşʻgʼáss〉, from משוגע 〈mşwgʻ〉, “crazy”, from Hebrew משוגע 〈mşwgʻ〉, “crazy”, from שׁוּגַּע 〈ş̌ẇgȧʻ〉 (“be driven mad”), שִׁיגַּע 〈şǐygȧʻ〉 (“drive mad”). Compare Russian мишигас (mishigas).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Madness; silliness.
    • {{quote-news}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A mishyphenation.
mis lit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) misery lit
miss pronunciation
  • /mɪs/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English missen, from Old English missan, Proto-Germanic *missijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *meit-. Cognate with Northern Frisian missen, Dutch missen, German vermissen, Swedish missa, Icelandic missa.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To fail to hit. I missed the target. I tried to kick the ball, but missed.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Men observe when things hit, and not when they miss.
    • Edmund Waller (1606-1687) Flying bullets now, / To execute his rage, appear too slow; / They miss, or sweep but common souls away.
  2. (transitive) To fail to achieve or attain. to miss an opportunity
    • John Locke (1632-1705) When a man misses his great end, happiness, he will acknowledge he judged not right.
  3. (transitive) To feel the absence of someone or something, sometimes with regret. I miss you! Come home soon!
    • John Milton (1608-1674) What by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt miss.
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} The boy became volubly friendly and bubbling over with unexpected humour and high spirits. He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. Nobody would miss them, he explained.
  4. (transitive) To fail to understand or have a shortcoming of perception. miss the joke
  5. (transitive) To fail to attend. Joe missed the meeting this morning.
  6. (transitive) To be late for something (a means of transportation, a deadline, etc.). I missed the plane!
  7. (sports) To fail to score (a goal).
    • {{quote-news}}
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To go wrong; to err.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599) Amongst the angels, a whole legion / Of wicked sprites did fall from happy bliss; / What wonder then if one, of women all, did miss?
  9. (intransitive, obsolete) To be absent, deficient, or wanting.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
  • This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See
  • (to fail to hit) hit, strike, impinge on, run into, collide with
  • (to feel the absence of) have, feature
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A failure to hit.
  2. A failure to obtain or accomplish.
  3. An act of avoidance. I think I’ll give the meeting a miss.
etymology 2 From mistress.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A title of respect for a young woman (usually unmarried) with or without a name used. You may sit here, miss. You may sit here, Miss Jones.
  2. An unmarried woman; a girl.
    • Cawthorn Gay vanity, with smiles and kisses, / Was busy 'mongst the maids and misses.
  3. A kept woman; a mistress. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (card games) In the game of three-card loo, an extra hand, dealt on the table, which may be substituted for the hand dealt to a player.
related terms:
  • Miss
  • missis, missus
  • missy
  • Mrs.
  • Ms.
  • isms
  • sims, Sims, SIMS
Miss Emma
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The drug morphine.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (Yorkshire, colloquial) Myself.
Miss Fidditch etymology Introduced by Martin Joos in The Five Clocks (1967).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A pedantic, prescriptivist language teacher.
missing link
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A hypothetical primate once thought necessary to explain a perceived evolutionary gap between ape and human.
  2. (figuratively) Any sought-after or valuable intermediary figure or position.
missing white woman syndrome
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (derogatory) The disproportionate media coverage of a missing person or similar case involving a young, white, upper-middle class woman, contrasted with lesser coverage of males, non-white ethnicities, etc.
missionary etymology mission + ary
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who is sent on a mission.
  2. A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed. A Muslim missionary was just trying to convert me to Islam.
  3. (pejorative) A religious messenger.
  4. (uncountable) A common position for undertaking sexual intercourse.
mission kill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) An attack or damage inflicted by a weapon that does not destroy a military vehicle but results in it taking no further part in its intended mission.
Mississippi sax
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Term for a simple harmonica
    • 2002, Children of the Blues, by Art Tipaldi, P.67 Chicago was home to the reinvention of the harmonica from tiny dime store toy to amplified and distorted Mississippi sax.
Mississippi wind chime
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, offensive) a hanged black person
Synonyms: Alabama wind chime
misstep etymology From mis + step.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A step that is wrong, a false step. On a high ledge, a misstep could be fatal.
    • {{RQ:Grey Riders}} … burdened as he was, he did not think of length or height or toil. He remembered only to avoid a misstep and to keep his direction.
  2. (figurative) An error or mistake. His comment was a misstep that could cost him.
Synonyms: (error) error, faux pas, mistake
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) to step badly or incorrectly My dance partner misstepped and landed on my toe.
  2. (intransitive) to make an error or mistake I don't want to misstep; is this the right way?
Missus etymology eye dialect of Mrs
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Mrs, a form of address for a married woman.
mistake etymology From Middle English mistaken, from Old Norse mistaka, equivalent to mis + take. Cognate with Icelandic mistaka, Swedish misstaga. pronunciation
  • /mɪˈsteɪk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An error; a blunder.
    • 1877, Henry Heth, quoting , in "Causes of the Defeat of Gen. Lee's Army at the Battle of GettysburgOpinions of Leading Confederate Soldiers.", Southern Historical Society Papers (1877), editor Rev. J. WM. Jones After it is all over, as stupid a fellow as I am can see that mistakes were made. I notice, however, that my mistakes are never told me until it is too late.
  2. (baseball) A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard to hit location, but instead ends up in an easy to hit place
Synonyms: See also
  • Usually make a mistake. See
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To understand wrongly, taking one thing for another, or someone for someone else. Sorry, I mistook you for my brother. You look very similar.
    • Shakespeare My father's purposes have been mistook.
    • Johnson A man may mistake the love of virtue for the practice of it.
  2. (intransitive) To commit an unintentional error; to do or think something wrong.
    • Jonathan Swift Servants mistake, and sometimes occasion misunderstanding among friends.
  3. (obsolete, rare) To take or choose wrongly. {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • mistaken
misteress etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A male partner in an extramarital relationship; a male paramour; a kept man.
    • 2001, Wise, Wonder…, iUniverse (2001), Writers Club Press (2001), ISBN 059518829X, page 135: He had a long-standing relationship with his married female CEO boss, and in his eyes, had sex for salary. In her eyes, he was a convenient misteress.
    • 2004, George, Hunters Beware, AuthorHouse (2004), ISBN 1418430773, page 165: The best looking ones will be kept as geisha boys or misteresses as women were.
    • 2005, Martin Kantor, Together Forever: The Gay Man's Guide To Lifelong Love, Sourcebooks, Inc. (2005), ISBN 9781402203442, page 101: I don't mind if he has a misteress; shopping is more interesting than sex.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Mister Man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Used to address a male, especially one whose name is not known to the speaker.
    • 1898, Harriet Anna Cheever, Little Mr. Van Vere of China‎ As for you, little mister man, just look at the berth you've got!
    • 1921, Richard Washburn Child, The Velvet Black "I'm an inspector, mister man," replied the other.
    • 2004, Alan Sillitoe, A man of his time‎ 'Who are you, Mister Man?' The boy sensed more about Burton than his name, but what a bust-up it would cause if I told him, Alma thought.
mistress {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English and Old French maistresse (French: maîtresse), feminine of maistre. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmɪstrɪs/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A woman, specifically one with great control, authority or ownership.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 19 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.”
    exampleShe was the mistress of the estate-mansion, and owned the horses.
  2. A female teacher. examplegames mistress
  3. A female partner in an extramarital relationship, generally including sexual relations.
  4. A dominatrix.
    • 2006, Amelia May Kingston, The Triumph of Hope (page 376) As part of BDSM play they can enhance the domineering tread of a mistress or hobble the steps of a slave.
  5. A woman well skilled in anything, or having the mastery over it.
    • Addison A letter desires all young wives to make themselves mistresses of Wingate's Arithmetic.
  6. A woman regarded with love and devotion; a sweetheart. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (Scotland) A married woman; a wife.
    • Sir Walter Scott Several of the neighbouring mistresses had assembled to witness the event of this memorable evening.
  8. (obsolete) The jack in the game of bowls. {{rfquotek}}
  9. female companion to a master a man with control, authority or ownership
  10. feminine of master
In the sexual sense, mistress is narrowly taken to mean a woman involved in a committed extramarital relationship (an affair), often supported financially (a kept woman). It is broadly taken to mean a woman involved in an extramarital relationship regardless of the level of commitment, but requires more than a single act of adultery.[ Tiger Woods Does Not Have 11 “Mistresses”: His many paramours aren’t committed enough to merit that term.] by Jesse Sheidlower, ''{{w|}},'' Dec. 10, 2009. Synonyms: (woman with control, authority or ownership): boss (applicable to either sex), head (applicable to either sex), leader (applicable to either sex), (female teacher): schoolmarm, (woman who displaces a wife in the affections of a man): bit on the side (applicable to either sex), fancy woman, comaré, goomah, See also
antonyms: Male equivalents:
  • (woman with control, authority or ownership): master
  • (female teacher): master
  • (female partner in an extramarital affair): cicisbeo, fancy man
  • (dominatrix): master
misunderestimate etymology {{blend}}.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, malapropism or intentionally incorrect) To underestimate by mistake.
    • 1897 April 17, "American Diplomacy on the Bosphorous," The Outlook: . . .is almost sure to misunderstand and misunderestimate the significance of the question at hand.
    • 1975, , My Argument With the Gestapo: Now in the very earliest years of the eighteenth century it is understandable that, owing to the inevitable, due to our never-to-be-misunderestimated Frederick the Gross . . .
    • 1980, "Accident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Powerplant: Oversight Hearings": And I think after Three Mile Island, not only does the NRC itself understand that it sadly misunderestimated the number of ways in . . .
    • 1992, Adelbert Denaux, John and the Synoptics : . . . not only the disciples within their accounts, had seriously misunderestimated the life and teaching of Jesus.
    • 1997 Aug. 29, (D-MI), "Delivers Remarks to the Department of Agriculture's Coalition of Minority Employees": Whatever happened to Espy? Well, what happened to Espy is what happens to people whether you're a former congressman or not. If you understand the power -- if you misunderestimate the power of the intense bureaucracy in these agencies and departments and federal institutions, you go, they stay.
    • 2003 April 30, Joel Connelly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Hence, while anticipating incoming fire, here are several factors for why even the most liberal of Democrats should not "misunderestimate" — my favorite Bushism — our prez.
    • 2004, , Misunderestimated: The President Battles Terrorism, John Kerry, and the Bush Haters, ISBN 0060723831, page 347: "I think that anybody who misunderestimates this president is going to have egg on their face in a few years," Rice told me.
mitt {{wikipedia}} etymology Abbreviated from mitten. pronunciation
  • /mɪt/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mitten
  2. An oversized, protective glove such as an oven mitt or a baseball mitt.
  3. (informal, especially in plural) A hand.
related terms:
  • mitten
mixology etymology {{back-form}} Surface analysis mix + ology.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The art of combining various ingredients to make cocktail.
related terms:
  • mixologist
mixy etymology mix + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) mixed; various
    • Rudyard Kipling, How the Alphabet was Made "That's a mixy noise. The end part is ah-carp-fish-mouth; but what can we do about the front part? Yer-yer-yer and ah! Ya!"
  2. (informal) Tending to mix with others.
    • 1899, Abby Morton Diaz, The William Henry letters My Bettina rather held back. She isn't one of the mixy kind.
miz pronunciation
  • /mɪz/
  • {{homophones}} (US pronunciation)
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) miserable
    • 1988, , , Penguin Books (1988), page 222 But when I finally left the pub, it must have been about five minutes later, beginning to feel a bit miz, there he was outside, leaning against the pillar at the corner, one foot raised behind him - very rent-looking, actually, which should have made me wonder, but I found I was talking to him.
  • Zim
etymology 1
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of mizzle
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) deliberate misspelling of misled
Mizzou {{wikipedia}} etymology Either derived from Missouri or from the university's initials, MSU. pronunciation
  • /məˈzu/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (chiefly, informal) The University of Missouri.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) initialism of Mary Jane marijuana.
  2. initialism of mahjong
    • {{quote-book }}
mleccha {{wikipedia}} etymology From Vedic Sanskrit म्लेच्छ.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A person of foreign extraction in ancient India; a foreign barbarian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, derogatory) A white person.
MMO {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video game genre, initialism) A massively multiplayer online game. A computer game in which a large number of players can simultaneously interact in a persistent world.
  2. (colloquial, initialism) A massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
  • Often used as a prefix, for example MMORPG for massively multiplayer online role-playing game or MMOFPS for massively multiplayer online first-person shooter. It is occasionally used for massive multiplayer online role-playing game, as it is the most common genre of online games.
  • mom, Mom
mo pronunciation
  • (UK) /məʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /moʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *maiz, from a comparative form of Proto-Indo-European *mə-. Cognate with Swedish mer, Danish mer; and with Irish , Albanian . See also more, most.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) To a greater degree.
  2. (now dialectal) Further, longer.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic, dialectal) Greater in amount, quantity, or number (of discrete objects, as opposed to more, which was applied to substances)
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXII: Nether durste eny man from that daye forth axe hym eny moo questions.
    • c. 1380, William Langland, Piers Plowman With that ran there a route of ratones at ones, And smale mys myd hem, mo then a thousande
etymology 2 Abbreviation of month.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. month
etymology 3 {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) moment Hang on a mo!
etymology 4 {{clipping}}, itself a short form of homosexual.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a homosexual
etymology 5 {{clipping}}, non-rhotic dialects, notably African American Vernacular English. Compare fo', ho#Etymology 2. Alternative forms: mo'
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dialectal) more Yo, you got mo chips?
    • 1997, Notorious B.I.G., Mo Money Mo Problems
  • om, O.M.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (slang) contraction of more
    • 1904, Clifton Johnson, Highways and Byways of the South, p. 124: But the people are great han's for religion, and it's a common saying they got mo' religion an' less morals than yo'll find anywhere else in the world.
    • 1916, Official Proceedings, Western Railway Club, p. 143: A millennium, mah son, am jes' de same as a thousan' legged worm, only hits got mo' legs.
    • 2005, Tim Brooks, Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919, p. 137: Brethren if you want mo' preachin', save a little dram for me.
  • This spelling is sometimes used as .
  • om, O.M.
moan etymology From Middle English mone, mane, man, from Old English *, from Proto-Germanic *mainō. Inferred from Old English mǣnan. More at mean. pronunciation
  • (RP) /məʊn/
  • (US) /moʊn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a low, mournful cry of pain, sorrow or pleasure
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, now rare) To complain about; to bemoan, to bewail; to mourn. {{defdate}}
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.7: Much did the Craven seeme to mone his case […].
    • Prior Ye floods, ye woods, ye echoes, moan / My dear Columbo, dead and gone.
  2. (intransitive, now chiefly poetic) To grieve. {{defdate}}
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To distress (someone); to sadden. {{defdate}}
    • Beaumont and Fletcher which infinitely moans me
  4. (intransitive) To make a moan or similar sound. {{defdate}}
  5. (transitive) To say in a moan, or with a moaning voice. {{defdate}} ‘Please don't leave me,’ he moaned.
  6. (intransitive, colloquial) To complain; to grumble. {{defdate}}
Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • bemoan
  • Mona, noma, Oman
moaning Minnie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, World War II) A noisy rocket artillery piece, the German Nebelwerfer, designed to deliver chemical weapon.
  2. (slang) A person who moan; a peevish complainer.
    • 1985, Margaret Thatcher, remarks to Tyne Tees TV (11 September 1985) Don't you think that's the way to persuade more companies to come to this region and get more jobs—because I want them—for the people who are unemployed? Not always standing there as moaning minnies. Now stop it!
Synonyms: (rocket artillery piece) screaming meemie
moany pronunciation
  • /məʊni/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology moan + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Susceptible to moan; tending to complain.
  • anomy
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (Internet slang, humorous) alternative form of more
  • Amor
  • mora
  • Omar
  • roam
  • Roma
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A mobile phone.
Synonyms: mobey
  • EOMB
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A mobile phone.
Synonyms: mobe
mobileless etymology mobile + less
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, rare) Without a mobile phone.
    • 2000, "Paul Edwards", wtb [syd] (very) old mobile phones (on newsgroup I want to buy some to give to mobileless friends in Fiji, who would rather have a clunker that keeps its charge for 12 hours than nothing.
mobile phone {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A portable telephone that connects with the telephone network over radio wave transmission.
Synonyms: mobile (mainly UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore), cellphone, cell phone, cell (mainly US and Canada), handphone (mainly Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore), cellular mobile, cellular, cellular telephone, cellular phone, wireless phone
  • phone
  • feature phone
  • smartphone
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (uncountable) An informal Native American trade language used among the tribes of the US Southeast, primarily along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. May have originally been the language of one particular tribe.
  2. (countable) One of the Native American people with in Alabama (circa 1540).
  3. (countable) A resident of the city of Mobile, Alabama. ''ADAH: Alabama Moments (Mobile as a Confederate City--Details), (history), State of Alabama webpage [ AL-US-s15]: states "fashionable homes where Mobilians entertained" (topic).
  • binomial
mobility kill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) The damage inflicted by a weapon on a vehicle that immobilises it, but does not totally destroy it, leaving the vehicle's crew able to use its weapons. Typically this term is used to refer to tank and other armoured fighting vehicle that have their engines, tracks, or running gear damaged.
Synonyms: M-kill
mobmobile etymology mob + mobile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) a vehicle suitable for a mobster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, computing) motherboard
  • boom
  • moob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) a mobile phone
  • M.Y.O.B., MYOB
moc etymology Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) moccasin (type of shoe)
mocap etymology Contraction of motion capture.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Motion capture.
    • 2004, Matthew Liverman, The animator's motion capture guide: organizing, managing, and editing These days, mocap is finding more and more use in film...
    • 2006, Heather Maxwell Chandler, The game production handbook In my experience, the mocap business is a tough one, and the last thing you want is to sign up with a company that goes out of business...
    • 2007, Edward Rodriguez, Computer Graphic Artist Mocap can accurately capture difficult-to-model physical movement.
mockbuster {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A relatively low-budget film given a similar theme and title to a popular blockbuster in an attempt to piggyback on its success.
    • {{quote-news}}
mockumentation Alternative forms: mocumentation US
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Technical documentation such as user manuals, that assume the reader already knows the most obvious things they should be looking in the documentation to find, and therefore only mentions but never explains them (such as which port the client software uses to communicate with the server software). Instead it goes into great detail on the very obvious, such as the location of objects on the GUI, or how to click on the setup.exe file to install the application. Thus leaving the reader feeling insulted, stupid, and bitter.
    • 2003, Gordon Meyer, - 'For more on mockumentation, see "Mini Cooper has some fun with manuals"'
    • 2006, Steve Ball, - "Some mocumentation from the Saturday afternoon BR/HZ recording experiments..."
    • 2006, Niki Kriese, - "More mocumentation"
mod {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /mɑd/
  • (RP) /mɒd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) An unconventionally modern style of fashionable dress originating in England in the 1960s, characterized by ankle-length black trenchcoat and sunglasses.
  2. (UK) a 1960s British person who dressed in such a style and was interested in modernism and the modern music of the time; the opposite of a rocker.
  3. (slang) A modification to an object, computer game, etc., typically for the purpose of individualizing and/or enhancing the performance of the object.
  4. (Internet) A moderator, for example on a discussion forum.
  5. (computing, informal) A module (file containing a tracker music sequence).
    • 1992, "Jordan K. Hubbard", How to convert Amiga mods to Arch? (on Internet newsgroup comp.sys.acorn) I'd like to convert some of the arch{{SIC}} mods back into Amiga mods since I don't have the original Amiga versions.
    • 2003, Rene T. A. Lysloff, Leslie C. Gay, Jr., Music and Technoculture (page 38) These mods, while usually having the distinctive bleep and beep quality of transistor-generated tones, are often astonishingly creative and rich in expressive nuances.
  6. (rock climbing) A moderately difficult route.
  7. (in the plural, Oxford University, informal) Moderations: university examination generally taken in the first year.
  8. (mathematics, programming) {{abbreviation of }}
In gaming, mods are created by end users whereas such content by the game creators would be labeled an expansion pack. Synonyms: (modulus) %, modulus
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To modify an object from its original condition, typically for the purposes of individualizing and/or enhancing the performance of the object. His friends were particularly impressed with the way he modded his .
  2. To moderate; to punish a rule-breaking user on a forum, especially when done by a moderator. Don't break the rules or you'll be modded.
Synonyms: (slang, to modify) trick, trick out, (to moderate)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. abbreviation of moderate, as in: low, moderate, high
  • dom, Dom, dom., DOM
modder etymology mod + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who modifies a mass-manufactured object or software.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of mode
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Put in an embarrassing situation.
  2. outmoded.
  • domed
modelicious etymology model + licious
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, rare) Physically attractive, like a model.
    • 2005, "", Keith Richards' daughter launches new lifestyle..The New Celibacy (on Internet newsgroup alt.gossip.celebrities) The modelicious Richards split from her boyfriend of 18 months, Australian rich guy Paul Charles.
    • 2006, Brian Niemitz, Night+Day New York Hot Tip: The best night is Monday, when owner Nur Khan drops by with his modelicious friends.
Modie etymology mode + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the English electronic band Depeche Mode.
mod man
etymology 1 Short for modification man.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who experiment with and modifies the internals of machinery, electronic{{,}} or software that has been mass-produce; a creative mechanic or technician.
    • 1994 December 15, C. Gracie, “MODS IN TORONTO WHERE ARE YOU? ALSO BLUR ARE AMAZING!”,, Usenet I'm a huge mod man here from McMaster University and looking for other mods in the Toronto area
    • 1996 July 15, Michael Patrick, “Re: Dr.Dirt?”,, Usenet Dr Dirt is indeed Eric Gorr long time porter and engine mod man. He has made some of the top pro riders in the sport their engines
    • 1996 September 12, “Snopolaris”, “ULTRA SETUP-----”,, Usenet A friend of mine has two stock ultra RMK's, that he know [sic.] nothing about. I myself am a full Mod Man. His Ultra's ran ok but I want to help him set them correctly.
    • 1997 September 23, Mike “Mikebhoff” from, “shift kits and my 2 cents”,, Usenet I installed a BMW transpak in the 4L60 on my 91 Z-28. I'm no tower of mechanical prowess, but also no dummy and I followed the instructions to the letter.... Mike (disgruntled
    • 1998 December 13, Steve “steve_2000”, “Re: EVH and digital delays Re: Why does Eddie Van Halen suck?”, alt.guitar, Usenet Hotrodding Marshall's became a large cottage industry and a few of the guys who started out with great Marshall mods went on to form their own successful companies, Mike Soldano, Bogner, Paul Rivera (who was an early mod man, initially making his name modding Fenders.)
    • 1999 July 18, Nicholas Owen, “Re: Why?”,, Usenet I hear that someone has been able to make a bot for JK, but its AI is as bad as the in game characters. I suppose it might be possible to play co-op against these bots alongside another player, but i dont know as i'[m] not a mod man.
    • 2002 April 30, Russ “radiok3pi”, “Re: Radio Shack USA has Grundig YB-400”,, Usenet My understanding on the 398/909 is that Sangean built the radio this way basically for the European prevent overloading. If you search this newsgroup, you will find mods mentioned (by the great mod man RickW) that correct this condition.
etymology 2 Short for modern man.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A man who is modern in style.
    • 1997, Ken Gelder and Sarah Thornton (editors), The Subcultures Reader, Routledge, ISBN 0415127270, page 115 It may well be that the mod preoccupation with style and the emergence of the unisex look and the ‘effeminate’ mod man, gave girls a more legitimate place in the subculture than had previously been the case.
    • 1997 September, “ezmarelda” from, “Re: Learning to See”, alt.dreams.castaneda, Usenet ezmarelda: do u have a cracker jack degree in psychology from pete ross U? are ua [you a] mod man? Emilio: No degrees or pedigree.... I live in a modern world but seek another mode.
    • 1969, John Hallowell, The Truth Game, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0671203703, page 204 Back behind The Factory's burnished long bar, Patrick squints through all the whirring green and red and yellow lights, all the heaving bodies, until he catches the eye of a quiet mod man who sits back in the shadows with his blonde wife, seeing and unseen.
  • mandom
modulo {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin modulō, ablative of modulus. pronunciation
  • /ˈmɒdjʊləʊ/
preposition: {{en-prep}}
  1. (mathematics) Given a specified modulus of. 21 and 84 are congruent to each other modulo 9, since both numbers leave the same remainder, 3, when divided by 9. Thus 21 modulo 9 is 3, because when 21 is divided by 9, the remainder is 3.
  2. (jargon or colloquial) Except for differences accounted for by. "A is the same as B modulo C" means A is the same as B except for differences accounted for by C.
    • 1990, Margaret Speas, Phrase Structure in Natural Language, p. 281: Thus, the underlying structure which I would assign to Navajo will be identical, modulo word order, to the one that we found to be projected in all of the languages studied in chapter 3.
    • 2002, Richard Arneson, "Egalitarianism", in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Moreover, in the role of consumer, each individual (modulo his location) faces the same array of goods and services on sale to anyone who can pay the purchase price[.]
  3. {{rfquote-sense}} (extended use) With due allowance for (a specified exception or particular detail). The "tail recursion modulo cons" technique allows functions that would be tail recursive but for a cons call to be transformed into a tail recursive form. All mammals, modulo the monotremes, give birth to live young.
Synonyms: (except for differences accounted for by) up to
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) the operation or function that returns the remainder of one number divided by another
modus operandi etymology From Latin modus operandi, from modus and operandi pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈməʊ.dʌs ˌɒp.ə.ɹæn.daɪ/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A person or thing's normal mode of operation.
  2. (law enforcement) A known criminal's established habits and mode of work when committing specific offences, especially fraud, matched with characteristics of an unsolved crime to narrow down (limit to a specific list) or profile suspects.
  • 2001 — , Artemis Fowl, p 92-93 Failing that, if contact was absolutely necessary, a series of thumb jabs to the nerve cluster at the base of the neck would be his chosen modus operandi—quiet as a whisper.
Synonyms: MO
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} From Japanese 萌え 〈ménge〉, もえ 〈moe〉, imperfective or continuative form of 萌える 〈méngeru〉, もえる 〈moeru〉, from a kun reading of the 〈méng〉. Alternative forms: moé pronunciation
  • (UK) /məʊ.eɪ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Strong interest in, and especially fetishistic attraction toward, fictional characters in anime, manga, video game, and/or similar media.
related terms:
  • moe book
  • moekko
  • moe sangyo
  • moetan
etymology 2 Variant forms.
adverb: {{head}}
  1. obsolete form of mo
  2. obsolete form of more
    • Shakespeare Sing no more ditties, sing no moe.
    • George Gascoigne Many mast'ries moe.
noun: {{head}}
  1. obsolete form of mow
  2. obsolete form of moa
verb: {{head}}
  1. obsolete form of moo
  2. obsolete form of mow (to make faces)
  • emo
  • EOM
  • OEM
moegoe Alternative forms: mugu etymology From Afrikaans moegoe and cmt moegoe; further etymology uncertain. pronunciation
  • (South Africa) /ˈmʊxu/
  • (UK) /ˈmʊxuː/, /ˈmʊɡuː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, pejorative) An idiot, a fool; a country bumpkin.
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 180: ‘Gordon is dead. He belongs to us. What's this mugu got to do with him?’
    • 2002, Kgafela Oa Magogodi, Mail & Guardian, 1 Nov 2002: Legend has it that it was the year he spent in Alex that altered the young Madiba from a rural moegoe to a township clever.
    • 2004, Herman Mills, Best Mountain Bike Rides in South Africa (page 25) This is my backyard and l don't necessarily want a whole bunch of moegoes banging along a mountain l've known since my barefoot boerseun days.
moffie etymology Unknown. Possibly derived from mophrodite (a slang variant of hermaphrodite).''Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa'' (2013, ISBN 1136656022) Other theories derive it from Afrikaans moffie or from English mauve but are considered tenuous and far-fetched. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, derogatory, offensive) An effeminate homosexual man; faggot, fairy.
    • 2005, Verenia Keet, Colored Hill, page 78: Sometimes, they admonished their children in mock-protest for following and making fun of the moffies. "Go away," one moffie said in a shrilly{{SIC}} voice, elaborately fanning out long painted scissors-like fingernails to scare the children away.
mofo Alternative forms: mo-fo, mo fo, mo' fo, etc. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Abbreviation of motherfucker or motherfucking.
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (playful or vulgar, slang) abbreviation of motherfucker Man, he's a big mofo.
  2. (playful or vulgar, slang) abbreviation of motherfucking Man, he's got a big mofo truck.
  • foom
mog pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Shortening of moggy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A cat. Get that mog out of here!
etymology 2 Unknown.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, US, dialect) To move away; to go off.
  • GMO
  • gom
  • omg, OMG
moggy Alternative forms: moggie etymology In sense “mongrel cat”, 1911, of unknown origin, possibly Cockney. Possibly derived from maggie, margie or mog, all short forms of the female name Margaret. Original sense, early 19th century, is a term of affection for a calf or cow, which may have been transfered to cats under urbanization. Later 19th century meaning of “untidy woman, slattern”. Alternatively, in Wigan, moggy traditionally applied to mice, not cats, and a cat was hence a moggy catcher, which may have been abbreviated to moggy.OED[ Non-pedigree Cats (Moggies)] Apparently not an abbreviation of similar-seeming mongrel, though perhaps from similar Old English/Proto-Germanic source; see mongrel for details.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, slang) a domestic non-pedigree (mongrel) cat
  2. (UK) the moorhen
coordinate terms:
  • mutt
  • mongrel
Mohammedan Alternative forms: Muhammadan, Mahometan, Mahomedan, Mahommedan, Muhammedan, Mohamedan, Muhamedan, Mohametan, Mahommetan, Mohammetan, Moohummudan (all as obsolete as the lemma (Mohammedan), or more obsolete than it) etymology Mohammed + an, from the earlier form Mahometan, coined in the 17th century.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now, largely obsolete and offensive) Muslim.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (now, largely obsolete and offensive) Muslim, Islamic.
See the usage notes about "Mohammedanism".
Mohammedanism {{wikipedia}} etymology From the earlier form Mahometanism; equivalent to Muhammadan + ism; compare Muhammadism, coined in the 17th century after French mahométisme. Alternative forms: Mahometanism, Muhammadanism, Mahomedanism, Mahommedanism, Muhammedanism; Mohamedanism; Mohametanism; Muhamedanism, Mohammetanism, Mahommetanism (all as obsolete as the lemma (Mohammedanism), or more obsolete than it)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (now, largely obsolete and offensive) The religion introduced by Muhammad: Islam.
The terms Mohammedan and Mohammedanism have been largely replaced by Muslim and Islam since the 1950s, and are now considered offensive, though some authors continue to use Mohammedanism as a technical term for the religious system (of Islam) as opposed to the theological concept of اسلام 〈ạslạm〉 that exists within that system. The terms are said to be offensive because they suggest that a human being is central to Muslims' religion, and/or because they parallel the formation Christian, Christianity and thus supposedly equate Muhammad and Christ.Kenneth G. Wilson, ''The Columbia Guide to Standard American English'' (ISBN 0231069898), page 291: Muhammadan and Mohammedan are based on the name of the prophet Mohammed, and both are considered offensive. Synonyms: Mohammedism (obsolete, offensive)
related terms:
  • Mohammedan
  • Mohammedanist (very rare)
Mohammedism Alternative forms: Mahometism, Muhammadism, Mahomedism, Mahommedism, Mohamedism, Muhammedism, Mohametism, Muhamedism, Mahommetism (all as obsolete as the lemma (Mohammedism), or more obsolete than it)
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (obsolete, now, offensive and rare) The religion introduced by Muhammad: Islam.
See the usage notes about "Mohammedanism". Synonyms: Mohammedanism (obsolete, offensive)
related terms:
  • Mohammedist (uncommon)
Mohammedist Alternative forms: Mahometist (obsolete) etymology Mohammed + ist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, obsolete, now, offensive) A Muslim.
See the usage notes about "Mohammedanism". Synonyms: Mohammedan (obsolete, now offensive)
Mohawk {{wikipedia}} etymology An exonym, probably from an xnt word meaning "they eat (animate things)", "cannibals". The phoneme /m/ is not present in the Mohawk language; the Mohawk autonym is (Kanienkehaka, Kanyenkehaka).
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An indigenous people of North America originally from the in upstate New York to southern Quebec and eastern Ontario, the easternmost of the Iroquois .
  2. The Iroquoian language spoken by these North American indigenous people.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An individual member of the Mohawk people.
  2. (also mohawk) A hairstyle where both sides are shaved, with the hair along the crest of the head kept long, and usually styled so as to stand straight up.
Synonyms: (UK/Australia hairstyle): Mohican, Mowie
moist etymology From Middle English moiste, from xno moiste and Middle French moiste, of obscure origin and formation. Perhaps from a late variant of Latin mūcidus combined with a reflex of Latin mustum. pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • (UK) /mɔɪst/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Slightly wet; characterised by the presence of moisture, not dry; damp. {{defdate}}
    • 1937, "Modernist Miracle", Time, 1 Nov 1937: Joseph Smith, a diffident, conscientious young man with moist hands and an awkward, absent-minded manner, was head gardener at Wotton Vanborough.
    • 2011, Dominic Streatfeild, The Guardian, 7 Jan 2011: "The other car didn't explode," continues Shujaa. "The explosives were a bit moist. They had been stored in a place that was too humid."
  2. Of eyes: tearful, wet with tears. {{defdate}}
    • 1974, "Mitchell and Stans: Not Guilty", Time, 6 Dec 1974: Eyes moist, he hugged one of his attorneys and later said: "I feel like I've been reborn."
  3. Of weather, climate etc.: rainy, damp. {{defdate}}
    • 2008, Graham Harvey, The Guardian, 8 Sep 2008: With its mild, moist climate, Britain is uniquely placed to grow good grass.
  4. (science, now historical) Pertaining to one of the four essential qualities formerly believed to be present in all things, characterised by wetness. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}: Pituita, or phlegm, is a cold and moist humour, begotten of the colder parts of the chylus […].
  5. (obsolete) Watery, liquid, fluid. {{defdate}}
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia: Some being of the opinion of Thales, that water was the originall of all things, thought it most equall to submit unto the principle of putrefaction, and conclude in a moist relentment.
  6. (medicine) Characterised by the presence of pus, mucus etc. {{defdate}}
  7. (colloquial) Sexually lubricated (of the vagina); sexually aroused, turned on (of a woman). {{defdate}}
    • 2008, Marcia King-Gamble, Meet Phoenix, p. 168: He slid a finger in me, checking to make sure I was moist and ready for him.
Moist is mostly used for agreeable conditions while damp is mainly used for disagreeable conditions:
  • moist cake
  • damp clothes
Synonyms: dank, damp, thone/thoan
related terms:
  • moisten
  • moistmedia[ Moist media]
  • moisture
  • omits
moist moment
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A brief period of weeping, especially for self-pity.
    • 2008, Bird, Sarah, How Perfect is That: A Novel. p22 I give my nose a definitive blow, then power-flush the Kleenex down the Toto. I have had my moist moment and now it is over.
mojado etymology From Spanish mojado. pronunciation
  • /moʊˈhɑdoʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) wetback
mojo {{wikipedia}} etymology Probably of Creole origin, cognate with Gullah moco, Fula moco'o pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈmoʊdʒoʊ/
  • (RP) /ˈməʊdʒəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A magic charm or spell.
  2. Supernatural skill or luck.
  3. (slang) Personal magnetism; charm.
  4. (slang) Sex appeal; sex drive.
  5. (slang) Illegal drug.
  6. (slang, usually with "wire") A telecopier; a fax machine.
  • jomo
moke etymology unknown. pronunciation
  • (UK) /məʊk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dialectal) A donkey. {{rfquotek}}
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Only a Subaltern’, Under the Deodars, Folio Society 2005, p. 68: the Colonel [...] had asked them why the three stars should he, a colonel of the Line, command a dashed nursery for double-dashed bottle-suckers who put on condemned tin spurs and rode qualified mokes at the hiatused heads of forsaken Black Regiments.
  2. A mesh of a net, or of anything resembling a net. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (US pejorative slang, now rare) A black person.
  4. A stupid person; a dolt.
  5. (dated, theatrical slang) A performer, such as a minstrel, who plays on several musical instrument.
etymology 1 From Middle French molaire, from Latin molāris meaning grinding as a millstone (mola). pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A back tooth having a broad surface used for grinding one's food.
Synonyms: wangtooth, grinder
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to the molar teeth, or to grind.
etymology 2 From mole + ar in the chemistry usage.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chemistry) Of, relating to, or being a solution containing one mole of solute per litre of solution.
  2. (physics) Of or relating to a complete body of matter as distinct from its molecular or atomic constituent.
related terms:
  • molality
  • moral
molestache etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare) A type of mustache supposedly associated with child molester. (Seems mostly applied to scrawny, poor-looking or unkempt mustaches.)
    • 2001 January 27, Scott “devotion100”, “Re: 's mustaches”, in, Usenet, > looks like a kid toucher. rivers definitely has the molestache action goin on.
    • 2002 December 28, C. Lee, “Re: i wonder what kind of movie we would come up with”, in alt.horror, Usenet, I think that this level of arrogant cynicism is very how watching a mullet drunk in a wife-beater, boxers and a molestache smacking his kids on teaches us about how NOT to raise a family.
    • 2004 April 1, Douglas C. Niedermeyer (pseudonym), “Scary molestache completes coaching staff”, in the , 2004 April 1 joke issue.
    • 2005 March 10, Bryce Donovan, “Easy ladies, there's enough Bryce to go around”, in , Evening Post Publishing Company, Also known as the “molestache,” this sexified upper lip hair is often seen on men wearing short shorts, Blue Blocker sunglasses, lots of gold jewelry, […]
    • 2005 May 26, Thomas, “Re: will win Game 3”, in, Usenet, ( earned the name Mario Mugshot in my circle because he looks like Mario from Super Mario Bros, and he has a molestache and messy hair like you would see on a child molester in a mugshot)
    • 2007 January 6, “Gurriato”, “Re: Estamos todos manipulados” (“Re: We are all being manipulated”), in alt.usage.spanish and other groups, Usenet, He wears a britstache (also called a molestache, a combination of the words mustache and molest). El Renacuajo's mustache is scrawny and creepy, much like most wearers of the molestache.
moll {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Moll, an archaic nickname for Mary (see also Molly). Alternative forms: mole (Australian) pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female companion of a gangster, especially a former or current prostitute.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He…played a lone hand,{{nb...}}. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  2. A prostitute or woman with loose sexual morals.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, pejorative) Bitch, slut; an insulting epithet applied to a female.
  4. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A girlfriend of a bikie.
    • 1979, Eric Reade, History and Heartburn: The Saga of Australian Film, 1896-1978, [http//|%22molls%22+australia+surfing+OR+biker+OR+bikie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WOGwT-ybFIfUmAWNu-zECQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false p.209]: The bikies ‘molls’ included Susan Lloyd as Tart; Victoria Anoux as Flossie; and Rosalind Talamini as Sunshine.
    • 1995, Debra Adelaide, The Hotel Albatross, [http//|%22molls%22+australia+surfing+OR+biker+OR+bikie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WOGwT-ybFIfUmAWNu-zECQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22moll%22|%22molls%22%20australia%20surfing%20OR%20biker%20OR%20bikie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.76]: ‘Oh God!’ groans Julie who once was a bikie moll back in the early seventies. ‘Hope it′s no one I know.’ But the Machismos turn out to be based on a New Zealand gang, which assembled in Australia after her time.
    • 2009, Albert Moran, Errol Vieth, The A to Z of Australian and New Zealand Cinema, [http//|%22molls%22+australia+surfing+OR+biker+OR+bikie+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=WOGwT-ybFIfUmAWNu-zECQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22moll%22|%22molls%22%20australia%20surfing%20OR%20biker%20OR%20bikie%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.142]: Gilling first appeared as the biker′s moll Vanessa in Stone (1974) and the beautiful, evil cabin attendant in Number 96 (1974).
  5. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A girlfriend of a surfie; blends with pejorative sense.
(girlfriend of a surfie or bikie) Because Australian pronunciation merges the /ɒ/ and /əʊ/ phonemes before /l/ (both become [oʊl]), this word is very commonly spelt mole in Australia, probably by contamination with mole. Indeed, the Australian Oxford dictionary does not list the Australian meaning of the term under the headword moll, but only under mole, although it does recognise that mole in this sense is “probably” a mere “variant of moll”. Synonyms: (surfie's girlfriend) chick
etymology 2 German, from Latin {{lena}} mollis. Compare molle.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (music, obsolete) minor; in the minor mode A moll, that is, A minor
{{Webster 1913}}
mollie etymology Diminutive abbreviation; compare Mollie. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈmɒlɪ/
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈmɒli/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈmɑli/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of many New World fish of the genus Poecilia, formerly called {{taxlink}}
  2. (informal) = Molotov cocktail
    • 1993 August 2nd (5:27pm), “KARL FRIEDRICH BLOSS” (user name), talk.politics.guns (), “Re: You Americans are Gun Freaks…”, Message ID: <> It seems the weapon of choice in Rostock and other wonderful displays of harmony with fellow humans (NOT) was the Mollie (Molotov cocktail).
    • 1998 September 30th, “zorbo” (user name), misc.survivalism (Usenet newsgroup), “Re: Suppose the bad guys have tanks?”, Message ID: <6useu0$> Would you be willing to sit in an AFV, even the most modern, while I toss a couple mollies onto the engine compartment?
molly etymology From Molly, the personal name, a pet form of Mary. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɒli/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now chiefly Ireland) A woman or girl, especially of low status.
  2. (slang) An effeminate male, a male homosexual.
  3. (slang) Pure MDMA powder.
  4. A fish of the genus Poecilia.
  5. A mollemoke.
  6. A female cat; a she-cat.
  7. A molly bolt.
mollydooker etymology Probably from molly + dook (variant of duke) + -er. “'''[|%22mollydookers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PgGxT8KtHqvmmAWEq5HCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mollydooker%22|%22mollydookers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false mollydooker]'''”, entry in '''2009''', Susan Butler, ''The Dinkum Dictionary'', Third edition, page 164. Alternative forms: mollydook, molly-dooker, mollyduker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, slang) A left-handed person.
    • 2003, Joy Dettman, Henry′s Daughter, [http//|%22mollydookers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PgGxT8KtHqvmmAWEq5HCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mollydooker%22|%22mollydookers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 45]: ‘G′day,’ Martin says. ‘So who′s who?’ They don′t answer him. Maybe they can′t talk. ‘I reckon you′re Alan, the mollydooker, and you′re Eddy. Am I right?’ They cringe, don′t know what a ‘mollydooker’ is.
    • 2004, John Leonard Spencer, Waving Goodbye To A Thousand Flies, [http//|%22mollydookers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PgGxT8KtHqvmmAWEq5HCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mollydooker%22|%22mollydookers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 90]: I thought to myself how remarkably young Emma looked to be twice Penny′s age, which would make her 35 years of age, and a Mollydooker, Emma was (left handed).
    • 2005 January 10, , Inside Cricket, reprinted 2006, A Golden Age, [http//|%22mollydukers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pxOxT7iFF-eTmQWGmpnBCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mollyduker%22|%22mollydukers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page]: In addition to those duels favouring Australia, Michael Kasprowicz was dynamite against left-handers in 2004 (forty-two per cent of his victims) and England's top three are all mollydukers.
    • 2007, Barry Heard, The View from Connor's Hill: A Memoir, Large print (16 point) edition, [http//|%22mollydookers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PgGxT8KtHqvmmAWEq5HCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mollydooker%22|%22mollydookers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page xi]: There is no doubt he was one of the best shearers I′d ever picked up for when I used to rouseabout. But he was a bloody mollydooker—a left-hander—and it was difficult to pick up his fleece when he finished shearing his sheep.
    • 2009, Bruce Pascoe, Bloke, [http//|%22mollydooks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aBWxT6HaBYmjiQegqLDlCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mollydook%22|%22mollydooks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page]: The fish shed needed drones to do the feeding, kids like Scrubber Higgins – mollydook surfer, fair to average half-forward flanker, Xbox champion, unemployed before becoming an instant aquaculture expert.
    • 2011, , Letters From Home, [http//|%22mollydookers%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PgGxT8KtHqvmmAWEq5HCCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mollydooker%22|%22mollydookers%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 278]: “Is it harder for a pilot, being left-handed?” she asked, as if adding to an existing conversation. He glanced down at his left arm, flexed his fingers, now free of plaster. “Been a mollydooker all my life. Reckon I don′t know any different.”
Synonyms: southpaw
Mollywood {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}.
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  1. (informal) The Malayalam-speaking film industry in Kerala.
Molotov cocktail {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Molotoff cocktail, molotov cocktail, Molotov’s cocktail etymology A calque of the Finnish Molotovin koktaili. Coined in Finland during the of 1939–40 between Finland and the Soviet Union, and named after then-Soviet Foreign Minister (1890–1986).
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  1. A crude, simple incendiary bomb made from a glass bottle, either filled with an flammable liquid such as petroleum and supplied with a rag for a fuse that is lit just before being hurl, or filled with such a mix of flammable liquids that it ignites itself when it is smashed and its contents are exposed to air.
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Synonyms: (bomb) mollie (informal), petrol bomb, Molotov, molotov
related terms :
  • Molotov breadbasket
Molson muscle Alternative forms: Molson's muscle, Molson-muscle etymology From Molson, a popular Canadian beer brand, + muscle.
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  1. (Canadian humorous slang) Beer belly.
    • 1986, Norman Giesbrecht and Ann E. Cox eds., Prevention, alcohol and the environment: issues, constituencies, and strategies, Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, p 180: We also needed to make the message entertaining. Therefore, we associated the distribution curb [sic] with what is amusingly referred to in Canada as the "Molson Muscle".
    • 1996 [2004], Lee Stones and Michael Stones, Sex May be Wasted on the Young: For Boomers and Beyond, 2nd ed., Concord, Ont.: Captus Press, pp 137–38 Jim, sporting a gradually growing Molson muscle, is too tired when he gets home from work. He watches T.V. every night and keeps company with a six pack.
    • 2004, Darlene Barriere, On My Own Terms, Bloomington, Ind.: Trafford Publishing, p 197: Frank, the Molson-muscle heavyweight, was straightforward.
    • 2007, Michael Blair, The Dells: A Joe Shoe Mystery, Toronto: Dundurn Press, p 132: Hallam took a can of Molson Export out of the lunch pail. He popped the tab and guzzled noisily, wiping his mouth with the palm of his hand. He slapped his huge gut. It sounded as if he were slapping a concrete wall. “Gotta keep up the old Molson muscle, eh? Wanna take a shot? Go ahead. I won’t feel a thing.”
    • 2010, Doug Taylor, Arse Over Teakettle: An Irreverent Story of Coming of Age During the 1940s in Toronto, Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse, p 79: He was in his early thirties but was as roly-poly as a middle-aged man. My dad chuckled when he referred to the grocer’s considerable belly as a “Molson’s muscle” and said that Mr. Marlton had enjoyed too much of his own fat meat.
moly cow
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  1. (informal) Technetium-99m generator
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  1. (informal) One's mother I wish Mom and Dad didn't argue so much.
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mom Alternative forms: mam, Mom, mum, Mum (British) pronunciation
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etymology Abbreviation of momma.
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  1. (US, West Midlands, colloquial, familiar) mother, momma.
  • "Mom" is capitalized when used as a proper noun, but not when used as a common noun: I think Mom likes my new car. I think my mom will like you.
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etymology 1 From Shona mombe.
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  1. (African dialects) A cow.
    • 2008, Dick Pitman, A Wild Life: Adventures of an Accidental Conservationist (ISBN 1599213362), page 124: "Mr. Mhene," Chris said, rather cautiously. "On my way here I met a herd of cows wandering down the road. Tourists will come to the Mavuradonha to see elephants and sables, not mombies."
    • 2008, Lesley Stern, The Smoking Book (ISBN 0226773329), page 8: But there are traces, hoof marks of mombies are encrusted in the dried mud.
    • 2013, Alexandra Fuller, Don't, Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (ISBN 1447234936), page 113: 'Start looking for mombies.' The cattle that have stayed up this high are wild.
    • 2014, Katherine Rundell, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (ISBN 1442490632): The baccy crop's looking good, ja, and one of the mombies calved this morning.
etymology 2 {{blend}}.
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  1. (slang, often derogatory) A mother who is so obsess with the experience of having child that she is like a mindless zombie.
    • 2013, Blair Koenig, STFU, Parents (ISBN 1101622121): A mombie is a woman who "changes" after having a baby. She's been brainwashed by motherhood, …. She loves nothing more than joining an army of other mombies, so don't be surprised if your old friend-turned-mombie begins to spend her time primarily with other mombies who are all covered in some kind of murky baby secretion.
moment etymology From Old French moment, from Latin momentum. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈməʊmənt/
  • (GenAm) /ˈmoʊmənt/
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  1. A brief, unspecified amount of time. exampleWait a moment, while I lock the front door.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps,…, and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.”
    • 1922, Ben Travers , 6, [ A Cuckoo in the Nest] , “Sophia broke down here. Even at this moment she was subconsciously comparing her rendering of the part of the forlorn bride with Miss Marie Lohr's.”
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  2. The smallest portion of time; an instant.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 5 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.”
  3. Weight or importance.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Richard III (play), 3,7,67: In deep designs, in matter of great moment, / No less importing than our general good.
    • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Second Stain, (Norton 2005, p.1192) The document in question is of such immense importance that its publication might very easily – I might almost say probably – lead to European complications of the utmost moment.
  4. (physics, mechanics) The turning effect of a force applied to a rotational system at a distance from the axis of rotation. Also called moment of force.
  5. (historical) A definite period of time, specifically one-tenth of a point, or one-fortieth or one-fiftieth of an hour.
  6. (informal) A petit mal episode; such a spell.
  7. (colloquial) A fit, a short-duration tantrum, a hissy.
  8. (math) An infinitesimal change in a varying quantity; an increment or decrement.
Synonyms: (brief span of time) stound, instant, trice, (physics) moment of force
related terms:
  • torque
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  • montem
momier etymology French, from Old French momer, mommer, to mum, to mask oneself.
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  1. (historical, derogatory) A strict Calvinist in Switzerland, France, or some parts of Germany, in the early part of the 19th century.
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  1. (US, colloquial) mother My momma's so great, she bakes me cookies every week
  2. (slang) voluptuous woman Woah, that chick in the bikini is a real momma!
  3. (slang) wife or girlfriend I need to talk to momma, before I buy the car
Synonyms: (mother (colloquial)) ma, mama, mamma, maw, mom
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  1. (US, Canada, usually, childish) Mother.
Synonyms: ma, mama, mamma, mom (US), momma (US), mum (British), mummy (British)
mommy brain
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  1. (informal) A state in which a new mother is forgetful, absentminded, or easily distracted.
    • 2010, Maryanne Fisher & Victoria Costello, The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Chemistry Of Love, Alpha (2010), ISBN 9781101469699, unnumbered page: Together, this leads a new mom to have “mommy brain” where she's happy but easily distracted and unfocussed.
    • 2010, Erica Wells & Lorraine Regel, The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms: Things You Need to Know (That No One Ever Tells You), Wiley (2010), ISBN 9780470681442, unnumbered page: Whatever method of warming you use, always shake the bottle well and check the temperature every time before serving by shaking a few drops onto your wrist—you may have performed the same ritual a hundred times, but "mommy brain" can strike and cause you to make a mistake at any time.
    • 2011, Karen Savage, Instructions Not Included: The Adventures of New Motherhood, AuthorHouse (2011), ISBN 9781463406851, page 71: Mommy brain can cause you to do things like forget parts of the English language and being forced to watch your vocabulary dwindle, telling the same stories week after week like it's still news {{…}} and lose your car keys twenty three times a day.
Synonyms: baby brain, momnesia
mommyhood etymology mommy + hood
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  1. (North America, informal) motherhood
Synonyms: mommyism, motherhood
mommy track {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (informal) A career path involving working arrangements provided for mother and prospective mothers, generally more flexible and allowing shorter hours. Compare fast track.
momnesia etymology {{blend}}.
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  1. (colloquial, humorous) Forgetfulness in a pregnant woman or mother.
    • 2009, Lisa T. Bergen, Life on Planet Mom: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Your Changing Relationships, Revell (2009), ISBN 9781441204042, page: It's difficult when we're young mothers—in the throes of momnesia, barely able to remember where we're supposed to be in two minutes (let alone two days)—to plan time for, much less seriously think about, our relationships.
    • 2011, Jena Pincott, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy, Free Press (2011), ISBN 9781439183342, page 192: The mystery is that if our hippocampus, like that of mother rats, shows signs of new growth, why do we get momnesia? Why do we forget to pay the bills and return calls?
    • 2011, Alison Sweeney (with Christie Matheson), The Mommy Diet, Gallery Books (2011), ISBN 9781439180952, page 35: Just chalk it up to “momnesia” and write things down when you really need to remember them.
Synonyms: baby brain, mommy brain

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