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momsy Alternative forms: momsey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, childish, informal) mother; mom
  • Mostly as a term of address.
momzilla Alternative forms: Momzilla etymology mom + zilla
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A controlling or overinvolved mother.
    • 2005, Judith Newman, You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: The Diary of a New Mother, Miamax (2005), ISBN 9781401359638, page 70: It's never too early to become a Momzilla. Momzillas are mothers whose lives are defined by their children, and more specifically, by their children's accomplishments.
    • 2006, Sheri Lynch, Be Happy or I'll Scream!: My Deranged Quest for the Perfect Husband, Family, and Life, Macmillan (2006), ISBN 9781429906838, page 62: It was embarrassing and stupid and yet, once bridezilla became momzilla, no power in the Universe could derail me from my mission of toddler birthday terror.
    • 2009, Karen Quinn, The Sister Diaries, Pocket Books (2009), ISBN 9781847399366, unnumbered page: Serena's transformation from sexy executive to momzilla had been swift and ugly. The more involved she became with the children, the more she squeezed him out of their lives.
mon {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Japanese 〈wén〉. Cognate to wen, mun and van.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The former currency of Japan until 1870, before the yen.
  2. The badge or crest of a Japanese family, especially a family of the ancient feudal nobility. It is typically circular and consists of conventionalize forms from nature.
etymology 2 From man.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, used in the vocative) A colloquial means of address of man in places such as Jamaica and Shropshire in England.
  • nom, no'm, nom., NOM
monarch etymology From Middle French monarque, from ll monarcha, from Ancient Greek μονάρχης 〈monárchēs〉, variant of μόναρχος 〈mónarchos〉, from 'μόνος 〈mónos〉 + ἀρχός 〈archós〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɒnək/
  • (US) /ˈmɑnɚk/, /ˈmɑnɑɹk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The ruler of an absolute monarchy or the head of state of a constitutional monarchy.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act II, Scene II, line 25. Never was monarch better fear'd and lov'd / Than is your Majesty.
  2. The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, found primarily in North America, so called because of the designs on its wings.
  3. (AU, slang) Police.
    • 1961, Nene Gare, The Fringe Dwellers, Text Classics 2012, p. 41: ‘Skippy gets off. An ya know the first thing e says to them monarch? E turns round on em an yelps, “An now ya can just gimme back that bottle.”’
See monarchy#Usage notes Synonyms: (ruler) autocrat, autocrator, big man, despot, dictator, Führer, potentate, sovereign, tyrant
  • (ruler) emperor, empress, king, queen
  • chroman
Mondayish etymology Monday + ish
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) on, or around Monday I hope to have the job finished by Mondayish.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) feeling ill, especially used of clergymen having worked all day Sunday
    • 1798, Around the Tea-table by Thomas De Witt Talmadge I wonder if on this Monday morning all the world is rested? No, no! Many of the best people of the world feel Mondayish. They overdid the Sunday and had no rest.
  2. (informal) hungover after a weekend of drinking (as a presumed contributing explanation for a clergyman feeling Mondayish)
    • 1839, Alcohol; it's place and power by James Miller You all know that my work on the Sabbath day is very hard, and I used to think that I was entitled to something good after the labors of the day, and generally took a stiff glass of brandy and water. I did this, as I thought, to strengthen me, but I invariably passed a restless night, was always Mondayish, and felt unfit for anything; but since I have given up the brandy and water, I feel as well on Monday morning as I did on Saturday night.
    • c. 1862, "Total Abstinence for ministers" Journal of the American Temperance Union As an ordinary drinker, he always used to find it necessary to have a glass of something as a night-cap, and then he always woke up in the morning hot and feverish, and Mondayish. That word Mondayish would be banished out of the language if they would only banish alcohol.
  3. (informal) grumpy and disheartened on returning to work on a Monday after the weekend I feel a bit Mondayish this week at the start of a long project.
etymology 1 From Japanese 問答 〈wèn dá〉. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Zen Buddhism) A dialogue between master and student designed to obtain an intuitive truth.
etymology 2 From the title of the cult 1962 Italian documentary film , Italian for "A Dog's World", from mondo ("world") and cane. The film featured bizarre scenes, leading to English use of mondo as an adverb meaning "very, extremely" in mock-Italian phrases like mondo bizarro."[ mondo]" on
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Big, large; major, significant.
    • 1997, K. C. Constantine, Family Values, G. K. Hall & Co. (1997), ISBN 9780783882321, page 80: {{…}} I mean, me bein' here has caused us some mondo problems, so I shoulda figured out that not bein' here anymore would cause some more problems — "
    • 2010, Dakota Cassidy, You Dropped a Blonde on Me, Berkley Sensation (2010), ISBN 9781101441893, unnumbered page: Younger gorgeous woman marries older, rich man, lives her life solely for him while reaping the bennies of mondo moolah only to end up dumped by older rich man for newer, younger model.
    • 2012, Lucienne Diver, Crazy in the Blood, Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (2012), ISBN 9781609289324, page 79: “You're kidding—you can eat again after that mondo burger you had for lunch?”
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (US, slang) Very, extremely, really.
    • 1992, Cherie Bennett, Sunset Paradise, Berkley (1992), ISBN 9780425137703, page 1: "This rain is mondo depressing," Sam sighed as she stared out the sliding glass doors that led to the Hewitts' deck.
    • 2001, Margie Lapanja, Food Men Love: All-Time Favorite Recipes from Caesar Salad and Grilled Rib-Eye to Cinnamon Buns and Apple Pie, Conari Press (2001), ISBN 1573245127, page 196: This recipe, from someone who really knows her tiramisu, is mondo rich, utterly divine, and simple.
    • 2002, Jeffrey Deaver, Mistress of Justice, Bantam Books (2002), ISBN 9780307793591, page 93: “Hey, this place is mondo cool. Bowie hangs out there. It's so packed you can hardly get in. And they play industrial out of one set of speakers and the Sex Pistols out of the other. I mean in the same room! Like, at a thousand decibels."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
  • Modon
mondo bizarro Alternative forms: mondo-bizarro etymology From Italian mondo and bizzarro, originally from the 1966 film of that name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The world of the surreal or bizarre.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Extremely bizarre.
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    • {{quote-news }} He claims that when Jackson became best friends with ‘Webster’ star Emmanuel Lewis.., they had an innocent, although mondo bizarro relationship.
    • {{quote-news }} If you are a fan of mondo-bizarro programs such as ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’, you have another choice.
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money {{wikipedia}} {{commons}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmʌni/, [ˈmɐni]
  • {{audio}}
  • (US) /ˈmʌni/
  • {{audio}}
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etymology From Middle English moneie, moneye, from Old French moneie, from Latin monēta, from the name of the temple of Juno Moneta in Rome, where a mint was. Displaced native Middle English schat (from Old English sceatt), Middle English feoh (from Old English feoh).
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A legally or socially binding conceptual contract of entitlement to wealth, void of intrinsic value, payable for all debts and taxes, and regulated in supply.
  2. A generally accepted means of exchange and measure of value.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.”
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    exampleBefore colonial times cowry shells imported from Mauritius were used as money in Western Africa.
  3. A currency maintained by a state or other entity which can guarantee its value (such as a monetary union).
  4. Hard cash in the form of banknote and coin, as opposed to cheques/checks, credit card, or credit more generally.
  5. The total value of liquid asset available for an individual or other economic unit, such as cash and bank deposits.
  6. Wealth. exampleHe was born with money.
  7. An item of value between two parties used for the exchange of goods or services.
  8. A person who funds an operation.
  9. (as a modifier) Of or pertaining to money; monetary. examplemoney supply;  money market
Synonyms: beer ticket, bread, buck, cake, cash, cheddar, coin, cream, currency, dinar, dosh, dough, ends, folding stuff, funds, geld, gelt, greenback, jack, legal tender, lolly, moolah, lucre, paper, pennies, readies, sheet, shrapnel, spend, spondulick, sterling, wonga, (generally accepted means of exchange and measure of value), (currency maintained by a state or other entity which can guarantee its value), (hard cash in the form of banknotes and coins), See also
related terms:
  • mint
  • monetary
  • moneyed
  • {{rank}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of moneybag
  2. (informal) A wealthy person
Synonyms: See also
moneyboy Alternative forms: MB (abbreviation) etymology money + boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, LGBT, especially in China and Thailand) A rentboy; a (usually young) male who earns money by offering sexual service.
money for jam
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Money made very easily.
    • 1997, Jonathan Raban, Bad Land (page 52) For an ex-chainman, the locating business was money for jam at $25.00 for a light morning's work.
Moneygeddon etymology Coined by and a public-relations think-tank for the first episode of the first series of , first televised on Wednesday the 25th of March in 2009 on : money + geddon, from Armageddon. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˌməniːˈɡɛdʌn/
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (often, humorous, neologism) The .
    • 2009: “Graham Thurlwell”, (Google group): Crisis – what crisis?, the 22nd day of May at 9:55pm Meanwhile, The Minister For Women and Equality is busy banging on about how there aren’t enough women in the City and HMG should force companies to hire more women at the highest level because women wouldn’t have brought about Moneygeddon – no, honest they wouldn’t.
moneyhatting etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, video games) The use of unfair financial incentive; bribery.
    • 2007, "RMZ", Re: EGM confirms Micro$hit paid bribe to 2K Games to keep Bioshock off PS3 (on newsgroup This practice of "moneyhatting" that Micro$not has brought to the console video game business is just more corruption that harms the whole video game industry with nothing positive coming out of it except buying a little more time for the xflop 3-shitty before it dies.
    • 2014, "hurricanepilot", Re: PWB, has it come to this? (on newsgroup I think it's great that the consoles are getting this stuff, but it just serves to make them even less relevant to people with alternatives. That said, while the AAA moneyhatting seems to have waned a fair bit this generation, it's being replaced with a trend of tying up cool looking, ostensibly PC titles with exclusivity contracts …
money machine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A very profitable scheme or institution, sometimes (derogatory) one that disregard aesthetic or spiritual concern in favour of making money.
money mule {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance, slang) a person who transfers stolen money or merchandise from one country to another, either in person, through a courier service, or electronically
etymology 1 From Old English gemong (whence Modern English among), from Proto-Germanic *mang-.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmʌŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialect) A mixture, a crowd.Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary
etymology 2 Contraction of mongrel. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmʌŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australian slang) A mongrel dog.{{cite web|url=|title=Australia Decoded 'M-5'|work=Joyzine|accessdate=2009-03-05}}
    • 1965, Brian James, The Big Burn: Short Stories, page 40, Some blue cattle-dogs and a small pack of mongs barked excitedly, and danced round, and wished they knew what to do in such an unheard-of situation; and no doubt dreamed for days after of what they had done to distinguish themselves.
etymology 3 Contraction of Mongol or mongoloid. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɒŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, offensive, pejorative, British, slang) A person with Down's syndrome.
  2. (pejorative, British, slang) A stupid person.
etymology 4 Shortened from among pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mʌŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
preposition: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) a variant spelling of ’mong
monged etymology mong + ed
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) intoxicated; under the influence of alcohol or other drug
Mongol etymology Romanisation of Mongolian монгол 〈mongol〉. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmɒŋɡəl/
  • (GenAm) /ˈmɑŋɡəl/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A person from Mongolia; a Mongolian.
  2. A member of any of the various Mongol ethnic groups living in The Mongolian People's Republic, the (former) USSR, Tibet and Nepal.
  3. (offensive) (usually mongol) A person with Down's syndrome.
  4. A member of the nomadic people from the steppe of central Asia who invaded Europe in the 13th Century. The mongol Empire stretched from the Eastern seas of China to the gates of Vienna.
    • Mathew Paris Chron. Maj. iv.76ff, Translated from The journey of William Rubruck (Hakluyt Society, 2nd series, no.4; 1900) pp. xv-xvi. They are inhuman and beastly, rather monsters than men, thirsting for and drinking blood, tearing and devouring the flesh of dogs and men, dressed in ox-hides, armed with plates of iron short, stout, thickset, strong, invincible, indefatigable, their backs unprotected, their breasts covered with armour...They have one-edged swords and daggers and spare neither age, nor sex nor condition.
related terms:
  • Mongolia
  • Mongolian
  • mongolism
  • mongoloid
  • Golden Horde
  • Moghul
  • glom on
Mongolian {{wikipedia}} etymology Originally from Mongol + -ian, a translation of the German mongalisch (1706). Subsequently, from the name of the country of Mongolia + -an.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to Mongolia or its people, language, or culture = Mongol.
    • 1706 - Evert Y. Ides: Three years travels from Moscow over-land to China... He had a Sister, which according to the Mongalian custom lived in the devoted spiritual state.
    • 1878 - Encyclopedia Britannica, ninth edition, volume XVI The Mongolian characters...are written perpendicularly from above downward.
    • 1985 - Robert Whelan: Robert Capa: A Biography He usually had a heavy growth of dark stubble that made him look...rather like a Mongolian bandit.
  2. Anthropology. Resembling or having some of the characteristic physical features of the Mongoloid racial type = Mongoloid.
    • 1828 - John Stark: Elements of natural history The Mongolian variety inhabits eastern Asia, Finland, and Lapland in Europe, and includes the Esquimaux of North America.
    • 1834 - Penny cyclopædia of the Society for the diffusion of useful knowledge, volume II The white (or Caucasian), the yellow (or Mongolian), and the black (or Ethiopian)
    • 1990 - Louis de Bernières: The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts It was not so much their Mongolian features that impressed everyone...
  3. (now rare, offensive) Designating or affected with Down syndrome = Mongol. Spelling: Also mongolian.
    • 1866 - John Langdon Haydon Down in Clinical lectures and reports by the medical and surgical staff of the London Hospital, volume II The Mongolian type of idiocy occurs in more than ten per cent. of the cases which are presented to me.
    • 1965 - H. Eldon Sutton: An introduction to human genetics The condition known as trisomy 21 syndrome or mongolian idiocy (sometimes referred to as Down's syndrome) had long been an enigma.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A native or inhabitant of Mongolia = Mongol.
    • 1757, John Dyer: The fleece, a poem (published in 1807): The Cossac there, The Calmuc, and Mungalian, round the bales In crowds resort.
    • 1763, John Bell, A journey from St. Petersburg to Pekin: This day we saw some scattered tents of Mongalians, with their flocks.
    • 1854, Robert G. Latham, in Orr's Circle of the sciences: Organic nature: The Mongolians are the most nomadic of populations.
    • 1990 September 1, New Scientist: Mongolians now regard animal husbandry as a low-status occupation.
  2. A group of Altaic languages from Mongolia, specifically Khalkha, the official language of Mongolia.
    • 1926, Neville J. Whymant: A Mongolian Grammar: Khalka … Mongolian possesses seven vowels and twenty consonants.
    • 1987. David Crystal, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language: The Altaic family … comprises about 40 languages, classified into three groups: Turkic, Mongolian, and Manchu-Tungus.
    • 1990 April, Orientations: These inscriptions are in Mongolian and thus widen the appliqué's international connections.
  3. A person of Mongoloid physical type; a Mongoloid.
    • 1823 July, North American Revolution: A particular individual which the latter considered a Mongolian and the former assures us is an Ethiopian.
    • 1938, Franz Boas, et al., General Anthropology: Extreme forms like the Australians, Negroes, Mongolians, and Europeans may be described as races because each has certain characteristics which set them off from other groups, and which are strictly hereditary.
    • 1988, Current Anthropology, volume 29: The thesis of this work was that native Americans were one race distinct from Eskimos and Mongolians.
related terms:
  • Mongol
  • Mongolia
  • Mongoloid
mongolism etymology Mongol + ism, coined by
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (now offensive) Down syndrome
related terms:
  • mongol
  • mongoloid
  • mong
mongoloid {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Mongoloid (especially the racial classification)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anthropology) A member of the racial classification of humanity composed of peoples native to North Asia, East Asia, Pacific Oceania, and Greenland, as well as their diaspora in other parts of the world.
    • 1983, Bertha Pauline Dutton, American Indians of the Southwest, page 3, Both American Indians and Mongoloids have shovel-shaped incisor teeth and, at birth, display the Mongoloid spot — a blue spot above the rump, which fades within a short time; many also have the Mongoloid, or epicanthic, fold of the inner part of the upper eyelid.
    • 1991, Floyd James Davis, Who is Black?: One Nation's Definition, page 19, On the average, he found caucasoids to have the longest heads and mongoloids the roundest; mongoloids the straightest hair and negroids the most tightly curled; caucasoids the narrowest noses and negroids the broadest.
    • 1997, Masatoshi Nei, Arun K. Roychoudhury, Genetic Relationship and Evolution of Human Races, page 38, As before, the genetic distance between Caucasoid and Mongoloid is the smallest and that between Negroid and Mongoloid is the largest.
  2. (now offensive) A person with Down syndrome.
    • 1967, W. Wolfensberger, 13: Counseling Parents of the Retarded, Alfred A. Baumeister (editor), Ameliorating Mental Disability: Questioning Retardation, 2009, page 376, Kirman (1953) drew attention to some physicians' reluctance to offer even ordinary and routine medical care to mongoloids, whose treatment they consider a waste of time.
    • 1977, Diana Crane, The Sanctity of Social Life: Physicians' Treatment of Critically Ill Patients, page 97, It is therefore of interest to examine hospital records of mongoloid children with heart defects in order to find out how frequently operations are performed upon these children.
    • 1994, Meira Weiss, Conditional Love: Parents' Attitudes Toward Handicapped Children, page 102, The operation made each feature, itself, look O.K., but her overall looks are still those of a Mongoloid. Her facial expression immediately reveals that she is different. She still has that peculiar look. You can see she has Down's syndrome.
  3. (offensive) Idiot, retard; a general term of abuse, due to association with Down syndrome.
Due to associations with old racial (and racist) theories (as with Caucasoid, Negroid), and associations with Down syndrome, the term is often offensive.
related terms:
  • Mongol
  • Mongolian
  • mongolism
mongrel etymology Late 15th century, from obsolete mong + rel; from Old English gemong (whence Modern English among), from Proto-Germanic *mang-.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmʌŋ.gɹəl/, /ˈmɒŋ.gɹəl/
  • (US) /ˈmɑŋ.gɹəl/, /ˈmʌŋ.gɹəl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something of mixed kind or uncertain origin; especially, a dog that is such. That dog is a mongrel, who knows what breed it could be!
  2. (slang, Australia) A thuggish or obnoxious person.
Synonyms: (someone of mixed kind) bitsa, bitser or bitzer (UK), cur, mutt
related terms:
  • among
  • moggy (of a cat)
mongtard etymology mong + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, derogatory) An extremely stupid person.
Synonyms: See also .
monk {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English munuc, from Latin monachus, from Ancient Greek μοναχός 〈monachós〉, from μόνος 〈mónos〉 pronunciation
  • /mʌŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A male member of a monastic order who has devote his life for religious service.
  2. in earlier usage, an eremite or hermit devoted to solitude, as opposed to a cenobite, who lived communally.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss , The Dust of Conflict , 20, , “Tony's face expressed relief, and Nettie sat silent for a moment until the vicar said “It was a generous impulse, but it may have been a momentary one, while in the case of monk and crusader there must have been a sustaining purpose, and possibly a great abnegation, a leaving of lands and possessions.””
  3. (slang) A male who leads an isolated life; a loner, a hermit.
  4. (slang) An unmarried man who does not have sexual relationships.
  5. (slang) A judge.
  6. (printing) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed; distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.
  7. A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.
  8. A South American monkey ({{taxlink}}); also applied to other species, as {{taxlink}}.
  9. The {{vern}}.
{{Webster 1913}} Synonyms: See also
related terms:
  • monastery
  • monastic
monkery etymology From monk + ery.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, often pejorative) the practices of monks; the way of life, behavior, etc. characteristic of monk; monastic life
    • 1804, John Whitaker, The Ancient Cathedral of Cornwall Historically Surveyed, volume II, page 263: Even such monkery was confined entirely to the laity; the clergy having cures in villages or in towns, and being therefore precluded from monastic sequestrations. In time, however, monkery found its way among the clergy, [...]
    • 1867, Robert Mackay, The Eternal Gospel; or, The Idea of Christian Perfectibility: A different form of reaction was that of the monks, who aspired to resuscitate what they supposed to be the true Christian spirit in alliance with the Church. But monkery was after all only an intensified Church within the Church, exhibiting the peculiar vices as well as advantages of ecclesiastical discipline [...]
  2. (dated, pejorative) monasticism
    • 1850, Henry Ruffner, The Fathers of the Desert; or An Account of the Orgin and Practice of Monkery, page 194: As the circumstances of their living on barley bread and herbs [...] existed nowhere, that we have seen, but in the monkish imaginations of Jerome and Bellarmine. As the circumstances on which the argument is founded, vanish upon inspection, so does the monkery of Elijah, Elisha, and the sons of the prophets [...]
    • 1882, John Stuart Blackie, Altavona: Fact and Fiction from my Life in the Highlands, page 241: You are not to suppose that I, as a good Catholic, am under any obligation to confound the active, intelligent, heroic, and fruitful monasticism of Columba with the systematic stupefaction of manhood in the monkery which came afterwards.
    • 1893, J. H. Merle d'Aubigné, History of the Great Reformation: The monk Gabriel did not relax in his fervid appeals from the pulpit of the Augustines. It was against the condition of monkery itself he now dealt his powerful strokes; and if the strength of Romish doctrines was principally in the mass, the monastic Order formed the main support of her priestly hierarchy.
  3. (dated, often, pejorative or humorous) a monastery
    • 1876, Lady Isabel Burton, The inner life of Syria, Palestine, and the Holy Land: from my private journal, volume 2, page 190: The sides resemble castellated piles and Gothic cathedrals, so fantastic are the shapes assumed by the natural rock; under St. Saba it became a monkery for all penitents who wished to live a hermit's life.
    • February 1896, Ground-swells, by Jeannette H. Walworth, published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; page 183: Polite society won't have the truth. You've got to feed it on lies, or go into a monkery — if that's what they call a masculine nunnery. Don't want to go into a monkery, so I lie. Reluctantly, delicately, frequently.
    • 1910, John M. Francis, Samuel French (publisher), Bill, the Coachman, No. II, French's American acting edition: MRS. B. Yes; and we are going to have it [<nowiki\>ice cream] served on gold plates, too. BREW. Holy smoke, my house a monkery, and a gold-plated monkery at that. Now, you see here, all of you; I give you fair notice that I don't propose to have any more dances or parties or anything else after this one.
  4. (dated, collectively) monks, considered as a group. (cf clergy, laity)
    • ???, John Borthwick, in an Answer to John Foxe, who wrote about The Persecution in Scotland, as published in The Acts and Monuments of John Foxe, volume V (Stephen Reed Cattley, editor), in 1838; page 619: And furthermore, so long as they do entangle and bind themselves with so many and so perverse and wicked kinds of worshipping as the monkery now-a-days doth contain in it, I may well say that they are not consecrated unto God, [...]
    • 1840, Isaac Taylor, Ancient Christianity, and the doctrines of the Oxford tracts, page 431: Unquestionably the monkery of the middle ages was better ordered than that of the Nicene.
    • 1959 or earlier, published in Readings in Russian History and Culture in 1968 by Ivar Spector and Margaret Marion Spector (editors): The close ties existing between the monkery and the aristocracy were evident in many cloisters. Superior Stefan, who was expelled from Pechera Monastery, immediately secured the support of many boyar who "gave him from their estates what he needed for himself and for other purposes."
  • 1773, The Spirit of Laws (volume I, fifth edition), translated from M. de Secondat's French by Thomas Nugent: THE very same mischeifs result from monkery: it had its rise in the warm countries of the East, where they are less inclined to action than to speculation.
monkey {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from Middle Dutch monnekijn, or gml gml, name of the son of Martin the Ape in Reynard the Fox, from osp mona, shortening of mamona, variant of maimón, from Arabic ميمون 〈mymwn〉, used to ward off the monkey's bad luck. Compare Old French Monequin. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmʌŋki/
  • {{audio}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any member of the clade Simiiformes not also of the clade Hominoidea containing humans and apes, from which they are usually, but not universally, distinguished by smaller size, a tail, and cheek pouches.
  2. (informal) A mischievous child. exampleStop misbehaving, you little monkey!
  3. (British, slang) Five hundred pounds sterling.
  4. (slang) A person or the role of the person on the sidecar platform of a motorcycle involved in sidecar racing.
  5. (slang) A person with minimal intelligence and/or (bad) looks.
  6. (blackjack) A face card.
  7. (slang) A menial employee who does a repetitive job.
  8. The weight or hammer of a pile driver; a heavy mass of iron, which, being raised high, falls on the head of the pile, and drives it into the earth; the falling weight of a drop hammer used in forging.
  9. A small trading vessel of the sixteenth century.
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  1. (informal) To meddle; to mess with; to interfere; to fiddle. Please don't monkey with the controls if you don't know what you're doing.
    • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter XII “As an inventor,” Bob Mason suggested, “you're a howling success at shooting craps! … Why monkey with weak imitations when you can come close to the original?”
monkey boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Term of offense directed at one who assumes perceived trait of a monkey, e.g. excessive hairiness or impish behaviour.
  2. (pejorative, science fiction) Term of offense directed at human in general.
monkey business
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Wasting time, or effort, on some foolish project.
  2. An activity that is considered silly, or stupid, or time-wasting.
  3. (idiomatic) An activity that may be considered illegal, questionable, or a vice, but not felonious.
    • Do your homework and forget about all this monkey business.
related terms:
  • I'll be a monkey's uncle
  • monkey
  • monkey around
  • monkeyshine
Monkey Hanger {{wikipedia}} etymology Citizens of Hartlepool are alleged to have thought that a monkey which washed up onto the beach by the town during the Napoleonic wars was a French spy, and to have hang it accordingly.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Teesside, Northeast England, offensive) A person from Hartlepool.
monkey humping a football
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Energetic but useless action, or a person engaged in such action. The whole exercise was a monkey humping a football.
  2. (vulgar) A manner of riding a horse, motorcycle or other vehicle, in which the rider crouches forward and may bounce in the saddle. This poseur was riding like a monkey humping a football, but I blew past him.
The phrase is generally but not exclusively used in simile, e.g., I'm busier than a monkey humping a football. or You look like a monkey humping a football. The riding position may also be used attributively, as I switched to a monkey humping a football position, in which case it is generally hyphenated: I switched to a monkey-humping-a-football position. The plural form, monkeys humping a football has somewhat different usage. In particular, it lacks the riding sense.
related terms:
  • football
  • hump (transitive verb)
  • monkey
  • monkeys humping a football
monkeys might fly out of my butt etymology Popularized by the 1992 film . Likely a variation on pigs might fly.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) usually used as a response (often with hint of sarcasm) to a situation that you think there is no chance of ever occurring ‘I am sure he'll pay you back tomorrow.’ ‘Yeah right, and monkeys might fly out of my butt.’
Synonyms: pigs might fly
Monkey Ward's
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Montgomery Ward, an American retail enterprise.
mono pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɒnəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈmɑnoʊ/
etymology 1 Shortening of mononucleosis.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{short for}}
Synonyms: mononucleosis, glandular fever, the kissing disease
etymology 2 Probably from the prefix mono- meaning “one, single”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK, Australia) A bicycle or motorcycle trick where the front wheel is lifted off the ground while riding
Synonyms: wheelie
etymology 3 Shortening of monophonic.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Abbreviation of monaural or monophonic; having only a single audio channel. Because many in the audience were very close to one of the speakers, the DJ decided to play the music in mono.
  • stereo
etymology 4 Shortening of monomorphism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (category theory) Abbreviation of monomorphism.
related terms:
  • monic
  • moon, Moon
Monopoly money
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Play money printed on paper, especially differently colored denominations of the board game Monopoly.
  2. (slang, US) Bills of foreign currency which are brightly colored or printed on flimsy paper.
  3. (idiomatic) Money that doesn't really exist, referring to fraudulent record keeping.
    • 2005, Craig M. Boise, Playing with ‘Monopoly Money’: Phony Profits, Fraud Penalties and Equity, Minnesota Law Review, volume 90, page 144 They did so to conceal the fact that they were playing with Monopoly money—fabricating profits as phony as the pastel-colored money used in the classic Parker Brothers board game.
Synonyms: (paper play money) fun money, play money, (bills of foreign currency) funny money
monster Alternative forms: monstre (obsolete) etymology From Middle English and Middle French monstre, itself from Latin monstrum. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmɒnstə(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈmɑnstɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A terrifying and dangerous, wild or fictional creature.
  2. A bizarre or whimsical creature. The children decided Grover was a cuddly monster.
  3. An extremely cruel or antisocial person, especially a criminal. Get away from those children, you meatheaded monster!
  4. A horribly deformed person.
    • 1837, Medico-Chirurgical Review (page 465) Deducting then these cases, we have a large proportion of imperfect foetuses, which belonged to twin conceptions, and in which, therefore, the circulation of the monster may have essentially depended on that of the sound child.
  5. (figuratively) A badly behaved child, a brat. Sit still, you little monster!
  6. (informal) Something unusually large. Have you seen those powerlifters on TV? They're monsters.
  7. (informal) A prodigy; someone very talented in a specific domain. That dude playing guitar is a monster.
related terms:
  • monstrous
  • monstrously
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very large; worthy of a monster. He has a monster appetite. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (very large) gigantic, monstrous
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make into a monster; to categorise as a monster; to demonise.
    • 1983, Michael Slater, Dickens and Women, [http//|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dqazT5PFM82RiQfXmdiHCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22monstering%22|%22monstered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 290], A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations feature four cases of women monstered by passion. Madame Defarge is ‘a tigress’, Mrs Joe a virago, Molly (Estella′s criminal mother) ‘a wild beast tamed’ and Miss Havisham a witch-like creature, a ghastly combination of waxwork and skeleton.
    • 2005, Diana Medlicott, The Unbearable Brutality of Being: Casual Cruelty in Prison and What This Tells Us About Who We Really Are, Margaret Sönser Breen (editor), Minding Evil: Explorations of Human Iniquity, [http//|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dqazT5PFM82RiQfXmdiHCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22monstering%22|%22monstered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 82], The community forgives: this is in deep contrast to offenders that emerge from prison and remain stigmatised and monstered, often unable to get work or housing.
    • 2011, Stephen T. Asma, On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, [http//|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=dqazT5PFM82RiQfXmdiHCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22monstering%22|%22monstered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 234], Demonizing or monstering other groups has even become part of the cycle of American politics.
  2. To behave as a monster to; to terrorise.
    • 1968, , Robert Lowell: A Collection of Critical Essays, [http//|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22monstering%22|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=apazT5inPMKKmQX8ya2cBQ&redir_esc=y page 145], Animals in our world have been monstered by human action as much as the free beasts of the pre-lapsarian state were monstered by the primal crime.
    • 2009, Darius Rejali, Torture and Democracy, [http//|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=apazT5inPMKKmQX8ya2cBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22monstering%22|%22monstered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 292], In 2002, American interrogators on the ground in Afghanistan developed a technique they called “monstering.” The commander “instituted a new rule that a prisoner could be kept awake and in the booth for as long as an interrogator could last.” One “monstering” interrogator engaged in this for thirty hours.177
    • 2010, Joshua E. S. Phillips, None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture, [http//|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22monstering%22|%22monstered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=apazT5inPMKKmQX8ya2cBQ&redir_esc=y page 39], The interrogators asked members of the 377th Military Police Company to help them with monstering, and the MPs complied.
  3. (chiefly, Australia) To harass.
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  • mentors, meronts, metrons
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, humorous) A very unpleasant mother-in-law (spouse's mother).
monster of the week {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any of the antagonist that briefly appear in episodic forms of fiction, especially television series.
    • 2005, David Okum, Manga Monster Madness (page 66) The appearance and abilities of the creatures can be changed from story to story to create the standard “monster of the week” that is found in popular magical girl, sentai manga and anime.
    • 2008, Michael Karol, The ABC Movie of the Week Companion He felt it [The X-Files] should've been more like The Fugitive, with Kolchak chasing the undead, as opposed to the 'monster of the week' format.
moo pronunciation
  • (UK) /muː/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (onomatopoeia) The characteristic sound made by a cow or bull.
  2. (UK, slang, mildly derogatory) A foolish woman. You silly moo! What did you do that for?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) Of a cow or bull, to make its characteristic lowing sound.
Synonyms: low
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. The characteristic sound made by a cow or bull.
moob etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • /muːb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, usually in plural) A plump or untoned breast on a man.
    • 2001 September 3, miha ³, "Re: I know I shouldn't be doing this but...", in, Usenet, Yeah, put a shirt on gene, we don't want to see your fatty moobs.
    • 2007 January 6, The Guardian, Often – I refer you in particular to Rod Stewart and Tony Blair – these moobs are strangely taut and unsaggy, and have that bee-stung, 12-year-old girl look.
    • 2009, Will Self, Ralph Steadman, Psycho too, page 242: Ranged along the sides of the broad chamber were curtained booths containing day beds, and from time to time an overweight East End cabbie would emerge from one of these, his moobs glistening with sweat, [...]
  • boom
  • mobo, MOBO
mooch ass grassy ass {{rfv}} etymology From Spanish muchas gracias.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) thank you
    • 1976, American review: the magazine of new writing: Issue 25, link "Knock knock!" Eh? Who dere? "Grassy!" Grassy? Grassy quién? "Grassy-ass, amigo! Mooch-ass grassy-ass!" Ha ha, de nada, jefe!
    • {{cite newsgroup }} > Whatta Skitso..>> (yes, spelled intentionally for the benefit of k2000)mooch ass grassy ass
  • This is a humorous version of the Spanish muchas gracias, either as a pun, or as a deliberately bad representation of the pronunciation using English words that sound similar (usually both). As such, it's only used when it's assumed that those addressed speak enough Spanish to be familiar with the original phrase.
moochin Alternative forms: mwchin etymology Alteration of Welsh mochyn. Of disputed origin. pronunciation /ˈmʊxɪn/, /ˈmʊkɪn/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Welsh, colloquial) A difficult or disagreeable person, especially a child. Sometimes used as a scolding term of reproach. Stop whining, moochin.
    • 1940, D. Thomas, Portrait of Artist as Young Dog, page 58 He sat down in the road. ‘I'm on a sledge,’ he said, ‘pull me, Patricia, pull me like an Eskimo.’ ‘Up you get, you moochin, or I'll take you home.’
moo cow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish or endearing) a cow.
mood {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English mood, mode, mod, from Old English mōd, from Proto-Germanic *mōdą, *mōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mō-, *mē-. Cognate with Scots mude, muid, Saterland Frisian Moud, Western Frisian moed, Dutch moed, Low German Mot, Mut, German Mut, Swedish mod, Icelandic móður, Latin mōs, Russian сметь 〈smetʹ〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mental or emotion state, composure. I'm in a sad mood since I dumped my lover.
  2. A sullen mental state; a bad mood. He's in a mood with me today.
  3. A disposition to do something. I'm not in the mood for running today.
  4. {{senseid}} A prevalent atmosphere or feeling. A good politician senses the mood of the crowd.
  • Adjectives often used with "mood": good, bad.
Synonyms: (mental or emotional state) composure, humor/humour, spirit, temperament, (bad mood) huff (informal), pet, temper, (disposition to do something) frame of mind
  • (bad mood) good humour, good mood, good spirits
etymology 2 Alteration of mode
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (grammar) A verb form that depends on how its containing clause relates to the speaker’s or writer’s wish, intent, or assertion about reality. The most common mood in English is the indicative.
Synonyms: mode, grammatical mood
  • See also
  • doom, Doom
moody etymology From Old English mōdiġ, from Proto-Germanic *mōdagaz. Cognate with Dutch moedig, German mutig, Swedish modig. pronunciation
  • /ˈmuːdi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Given to sudden or frequent changes of mind; temperamental.
  2. sulky or depressed
  3. dour, gloomy or brooding
  4. (slang) dodgy or stolen
  • doomy
mooey pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmuːi/
etymology 1 From rme mui, from Sanskrit मुखं 〈mukhaṁ〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) The mouth; the face.
    • 1997, Gary Oldman, Nil by Mouth, screenplay: Now, one day, right, he's staggering across the pub pissed from the night before. He's gone over, crunch, right on his mooey, like a fucking ironing board.
  2. (UK, slang) The vagina or vulva.
    • 2010, Digital Spy message boards Her ex-husband accompanied her to her boyfriend's place and she shaved her mooey on the way.
    • 2006, forums Why does she insist on wearing shorts so short that you can see her mooey too?
etymology 2 From moo + y.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) "Moo"-like; reminiscent of a cow.
    • 1984, Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume: Pan was curious about the silver pot that the female homer cradled againsther round mooey breasts as if it were a babe...
moo juice etymology From moo as the onomatopoeia for the noise a cow makes and juice as an extracted liquid to drink.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) Cow's milk.
    • Harvey Girl , Sheila Wood Foard , 2006 , page 76 , 0896725707 , “ I swore off moo juice when I got out of diapers. ”
mook {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Unknown. Probably a variation of ""moke" ("donkey", "fool"). Possible from Cantonese 'mook jung ("dead wood" or "wooden dummy").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A disagreeable or incompetent person.
etymology 2 {{blend}} (usually used in plural)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, forensic accounting) A manipulated or rigged set of business accounting ledgers.
moola Alternative forms: moolah etymology unknown. Suggested origins include:
  • from RomanyHenry Hitchings, ''The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English'' (ISBN 0374254109), page 323 mol
  • from Irish Daniel Cassidy, ''The Secret Language of the Crossroads: How the Irish Invented Slang'' However, this is unlikely because of the difference in pronunciation.
  • from French
  • from Sanskrit मूल 〈mūla〉
  • (UK) /ˈmuː.lə/
  • /ˈmuːˌlɑː/
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  • {{rhymes}} (in non-rhotic accents)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) money, cash
moo-moo pronunciation
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Alternative forms: moomoo, moo moo
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) A cow.
moon etymology From Middle English mone, from Old English mōna, from Proto-Germanic *mēnô, from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s 〈*mḗh₁n̥s〉, from *mē-&amp;sup2;. Cognate with Scots mone, mune, Northern Frisian muun, Western Frisian moanne, Dutch maan, German Mond, Swedish måne, Icelandic máni, Latin mēnsis. See also month, a related term within Indo-European. pronunciation
  • (UK) /muːn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The largest satellite of Earth.
  2. Any natural satellite of a planet.
  3. (literary) A month, particularly a lunar month.
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  4. A crescent-like outwork in a fortification.
Synonyms: (Earth's largest natural satellite) Moon, (natural satellite of a planet) satellite, natural satellite, (month) calendar month, lunar month, month, See also
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  1. (transitive, colloquial) To display one's buttock to, typically as a jest, insult, or protest
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) (usually followed by over or after) To fuss over something adoringly; to be infatuate with someone. Sarah mooned over Sam's photograph for months. You've been mooning after her forever, why not just ask her out?
  3. To spend time idly, absent-mindedly.
    • 1898, Joseph Conrad, We were only three on board. The poor old skipper mooned in the cabin.
  4. (transitive) To expose to the rays of the Moon.
    • Holland If they have it to be exceeding white indeed, they seethe it yet once more, after it hath been thus sunned and mooned.
related terms:
  • month
  • moonsick
  • mono
moonbat {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /muːn.ˈbæt/
etymology moon + bat, coined by Perry de Havilland of “”, a right-libertarian weblog. Sometimes wrongly claimed to be a corruption of Monbiot (from George Monbiot, British environmentalist and Guardian columnist)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A liberal someone with a left-wing ideology.
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Synonyms: leftard (derogatory), libtard (derogatory)
coordinate terms:
  • wingnut
moonbattery etymology moonbat + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, Internet) The behaviour or attitudes of moonbat; left-wing lunacy.
moon boot
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of footwear made popular in the 1970s, with a thin rubber outsole and no distinct left or right feet.
  2. (AU, informal) A large hard plastic covering, used to protect a broken foot or ankle while it heals.
moonburn etymology moon + burn, by analogy with sunburn.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A hypothetical burn on the skin caused by excess exposure to moonlight.
    • 1995, "Moonlight Causes Slight Warming on Earth, Study Finds", Los Angeles Times, 10 March 1995: Researchers say the light of the full moon causes the Earth to heat up, ever so slightly. "Moonburn is not a problem," climate expert Robert C. Balling said.
    • 1996, Jeff Klinkenberg, "An Uneasy Balance", St. Petersburg Times, 28 January 1996: "Last night, the moon was so bright I could have gotten a moonburn," he says.
    • 2005, Marc Zvi Brettler, How to Read the Bible, Jewish Publication Society (2005), ISBN 9780827607750, page 165: Colon A ("By day the sun will not strike you") makes sense, given the strong Mediterranean sun. But to the best of my knowledge, no one has ever suffered moonburn.
    • 2006, Linton Weeks, "Washington Coverup", The Washington Post, 1 August 2006: Her husband, Walker, 38, laughs and says Teresa might start carrying one at night to protect against "moonburn."
    • 2010 May 24, Lee Aronsohn, Steven Molaro & Steve Holland, "The Lunar Excitation", episode 3-23 of , 00:00: Sheldon Cooper: I should have brought an umbrella. Leonard Hofstadter: What for? It's not gonna rain. Sheldon Cooper: I know that. But with skin as fair as mine, moonburn is a real possibility.
mooncusser etymology based on the fact that the strategy would not work on a moonlit night, such that the would-be pirate cuss the moon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncommon, humorous) A land-based pirate who, on dark nights along dangerous coast, would demolish any legitimate lighthouse or beacon, erect a decoy signal fire in a different, deliberately misleading location, and then, after having induced a shipwreck, subdue any survivors and plunder the wreckage for valuables.
Synonyms: wrecker
moon god
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, highly offensive, slur) Allah.
Moonie etymology Moon + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member of the ; a follower of its founder {{reference-book | last =World Book Encyclopedia | authorlink =w:World Book Encyclopedia | title =The World Book Dictionary: L-Z | publisher =World Book, Inc | year =2002 | pages =1348 | isbn = 0716602997}}{{reference-book | last =Editors of Webster's II Dictionaries | title =Webster's II New College Dictionary | publisher =Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | year =1999 | pages =711 | isbn = 0395962145}}
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  2. (informal) A person who shows exceptional enthusiasm for a cause or organization, a zealot.{{reference-book | last =Partridge | first =Eric | coauthors = Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor | title =The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: J-Z | publisher =TF-ROUTL | year =2005 | pages =1319 | isbn = 978-0415259385}}{{reference-book | last =Dalzell | first =Tom | coauthors =Terry Victor | title =The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English | publisher =Routledge | year =2007 | pages =439 | isbn = 0415212596}}{{reference-book | last =Dalzell | first =Tom | title =The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English | publisher =Routledge | year =2008 | pages =671 | isbn =0415371821 }}
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  3. (fandom slang) A fan of the Japanese manga and anime franchise Sailor Moon.
  4. (informal) Common nickname in English-speaking countries.
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Synonyms: (member of Unification Church) Unificationist
moon language
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Text written in an incomprehensible script, especially Japanese or Chinese.
When one's opponent in an argument is observed to use ridiculously silly reasoning and logical fallacies, one might accuse them of speaking moon language (even if their grammar and language is perfectly good English, etc.)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who moonlight, or works a second job on the side.
  2. (US, regional) One who serenade by moonlight.
  3. A moonshiner, who makes illicit alcohol.
  4. (Ireland, historical) One of a gang who engaged in agrarian outrage by night.
moon rune Alternative forms: moonrunes etymology Compound of moon + rune. Possibly influenced by moon-letters, a secret writing system in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Of writing) obscure, incomprehensible.
    • 2014, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Son of No One: Hellchaser #6: You know this freaky-creepy weird vase up here that has that moon rune writing on it?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science fiction and fantasy) A runestone or similar object associated with the moon.
    • 2000, Mel Odom, Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm official strategy guide: Pull the lever to turn the Moon Rune bridge around so you can get the Moon Rune.
  2. (science fiction and fantasy) A rune or other writing indicating or associated with the moon.
    • 2011, David Bilsborough, The Wanderer's Tale, page 73: This knowledge, then, was to come – as the Moon rune, or rune of the night, signified – in the form of dreams.
  3. (slang, derogatory) An incomprehensible writing script; frequently Chinese characters, hiragana, katakana or other East Asian script.
    • {{quote-web }} We still can't PLAY that English version, mate, so we're out of luck. It's moon runes or nothing for America.
moonrunes etymology moon + runes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An incomprehensible writing script. Usually used to refer to Chinese characters, Hiragana, Katakana or any other East Asian writing script.
moonshine pronunciation
  • /ˈmuːnʃaɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) The light of the moon; moonlight.
  2. Illegally distilled liquor, so named because much of the manufacturing process is often conducted without artificial light at night when the moon is shining. They watered down the moonshine.
    • 1920, , The Understanding Heart, Chapter IV “Wish I'd been more polite to that girl,” the sheriff remarked regretfully. “ I ain't had a bite to eat since four o'clock this morning, and I'm hungry as a wolverine. … I know she'd have give me another drink of that old moonshine she has.”
  3. (colloquial) nonsense He was talking moonshine.
    • , 2012 interview.{{cite news |title=David Attenborough: force of nature |author=Robin McKie |url= |publisher=[[w:The Observer|The Observer]] |date=28 October 2012 |accessdate=29 October 2012}} "We forget what we have learned in the last 60 years. At university I once asked one of my lecturers why he was not talking to us about continental drift and I was told, sneeringly, that if I could I prove there was a force that could move continents, then he might think about it. The idea was moonshine, I was informed."
  4. (mathematics) A branch of pure mathematics relating the monster group to an invariant of elliptic function; see monstrous moonshine.
  5. (US) A spiced dish of egg and fried onion.
  6. (obsolete) A month.
    • Shakespeare Wherefore should I / Stand in the plague of custom and permit / The curiosity of nations to deprive me / For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines / Lag of a brother?
Synonyms: (moonlight) moonbeam, (illegal liquor) bathtub gin, bootleg, corn liquor, hooch, mountain dew, white lightning, coon-dick, coondick
moonshiner's turn etymology Used by moonshiner to evade authorities during Prohibition.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, US) A rapid illegal U-turn performed by putting the car in neutral and applying the hand brake, thereby producing a controlled skid, with the car still moving backwards when forward power is again applied. Did you see the moonshiner’s turn he pulled in that chase scene?
Synonyms: bootlegger reverse, handbrake turn
moonshining etymology moonshine + ing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, US) Illicit production and distribution of liquor.
moonspeak etymology moon + speak
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Any confusing foreign language, especially Japanese or another East Asian language.
moose {{was wotd}}
etymology 1 Earlier mus, moos, from a Northeastern alg language name for the animal, such as wam moos, mws (cognate to xnt moos, aaq mos, abe moz), from moos-u, from Proto-Algonquian *mo·swa, referring to how a moose strips tree bark when feeding.[ Online Etymology Dictionary] pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /muːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) The largest member of the deer family (Alces alces), of which the male has very large, palmate antler. We saw a moose at the edge of the woods.
  2. plural of moose
  3. (informal) An ugly person
  • The use of in the plural is sometimes problematic. The regular form plural, mooses, is by now rare and its use may be regarded as irksome and uneuphonious. The form meese—formed by analogy with goosegeese—will in most cases be greeted with a snicker, and is thus generally only appropriate in humorous contexts; even pragmatics notwithstanding, because has Algonquian origins—wholly unrelated to the Germanic roots of , on whose pattern the plural is formed—an umlaut plural form is etymologically inconsistent. The etymologically consistent plural form would be ,'''1986''': Virgil J. Vogel, ''Indian Names in Michigan'', <span class="plainlinks">[ page 105] ([ University of Michigan Press]</span>; ISBN 0472063650, 9780472063659)<br/> Mosinee Creek in Gogebic County has its name from the plural word for "moose". The name ''moose'' is of eastern Algonquian origin and signifies "eater", for the animal's browsing habit.<sup>3</sup> but this plural form sees no use in English. In ordinary common usage, is treated as an invariant noun, which means its plural is also (as with the names of many animals, such as deer and fish, which are also invariant); however, this usage can sometimes be considered stilted when a group of more than one moose are considered individually, in which case avoidance of the plural may be the best option, necessitating the employment of a circumlocution.
Synonyms: (largest member of the deer family (Alces alces)) elk (British), Newfoundland speed bump (Canadian)
etymology 2 From Dutch moes.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, rare) A stew.
mooseknuckle Alternative forms: moose knuckle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The visible bulge in a man's crotch, as a consequence of wearing tight pants
    • 2002, DJ Kingsbury, To Hear Her Sing: Selected Poems, Page 93 ... an afternoon sitting on the street with moose knuckle mooseknuckle the showing of testicles and cock through the crothch of tight pants ...
    • 2010, Brock Barrack, Touch Wood: A Mitch Milligan Murder Mystery Mitch had smoothly removed her shortlets and panties. Began massaging mooseknuckle.
  2. (slang) An ugly cameltoe
    • 2011, Aaron Michael Morales, Drowning Tucson No more of his talk about his bitch and her fat mooseknuckle of a puss bunched up in her acid-washed jeans.
moose knuckle Alternative forms: mooseknuckle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The ball joint of the humerus in a moose's skeleton.
  2. (slang) The noticeable shape of a man's penis when he is wearing tight clothes.
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  3. (slang) The shape that is noticeable when tight-fitting clothing wedges between a woman's labia.
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Synonyms: (labia visible through tight clothing) cameltoe, frontal wedgie
mooselimb Alternative forms: Mooselimb, moose limb etymology Phonetic respelling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang, offensive, derogatory) A Muslim.
mooseyness etymology moosey + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) The condition of being moosey.
    • 2008, Wayne Curtis, "Moose Country", , page 136: As you gradually arrive at that third stage of comprehension — appreciating the moose in all its mooseyness — notice how it has evolved exquisitely for its habitat.
mootah Alternative forms: moota, mooter, mota, muta, mutah etymology Probably from Mexican Spanish mota. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Marijuana.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 52: Rapp smoked his muta while he played the new guitar, and I blew on my kazoo.
Synonyms: mooster, mootie, moto
Moo U etymology moo sound of a cow and U abbreviation for university.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) agricultural university or college
Synonyms: Silo Tech, Cow College
mop pronunciation
  • (RP) /mɒp/
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  • (GenAm) /mɑp/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. An implement for washing floors, or the like, made of a piece of cloth, or a collection of thrums, or coarse yarn, fastened to a handle.
  2. (humorous) A dense head of hair. He ran a comb through his mop and hurried out the door.
  3. (British, dialect) A fair where servants are hired.
  4. (British, dialect) The young of any animal; also, a young girl; a moppet. {{rfquotek}}
  5. A made-up face; a grimace.
    • {{rfdate}} Francis Beaumont and What mops and mowes it makes! --
    • 1610, , by , act 4 scene 1 Before you can say 'Come' and 'Go,' And breathe twice; and cry 'so, so,' Each one, tripping on his toe, Will be here with mop and mow.
  • German: Mopp
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To rub, scrub, clean or wipe with a mop, or as if with a mop. to mop (or scrub) a floor to mop one's face with a handkerchief
  2. (intransitive) To make a wry expression with the mouth. {{rfquotek}}
  • OPM
  • PMO
  • pom, POM
mope pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology Compare Danish måbe, German muffen.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To carry oneself in a depressed, lackadaisical manner; to give oneself up to low spirits; to pout
  2. (transitive) To make spiritless and stupid.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dull, spiritless person. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (pornography industry) A bottom feeder who "mopes" around a pornography studio hoping for his big break and often does bit part in exchange for room and board and meager pay.
    • 2011: LA Weekly, documenting uses dating to the 1990s The porn industry is many things. Subtle is not one of them. So when Porn Inc. went searching for a job title for people like Stephen Hill, the choice was "mope." It's based on the off-camera life of these fringe actors, hangers-on who mope around the studios hoping for a bit role, which if they're lucky might bring them $50 plus food — and the chance to have sex with a real, live woman.
  • poem, poëm
  • pome
mop head {{rfi}} Alternative forms: mophead
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: mop, head
  2. The end of a mop, to which the thrums or rags are fastened.
  3. (US) A clamp for holding the thrums or rags of a mop.
  4. A type of haircut similar to that worn by The Beatles in the early 1960s.
  5. (pejorative) A person with unkempt hair that stands away from the head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Hermaphrodite.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An apologist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
moppet etymology mop + et
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A child.
  2. (dated) A rag baby; a puppet made of cloth.
  3. (dated) A long-haired pet dog.
moppetry etymology moppet + ry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, colloquial) childhood
  2. (rare, colloquial) children
mop squeezer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A queen (the playing card)
mop squeezers
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of mop squeezer
moralfag etymology moral + fag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet slang, offensive, derogatory) A person who expresses moral disapproval or opinions, especially in a generally amoral setting like the /b/ board on the 4chan community.
    • 2008, 4 August, Kat, Re: Tigger is back - he/she is alive (aka trolling started on OCMB - again ),!original/alt.religion.scientology/0MQIeD9fzNA/Xp8CAZ6JbRsJ, alt.religion.scientology, “I'm hoping that at some point people can put their egos aside and treat everyone as they would like to be treated themselves... but I should really know better by now. I'm aware I'm playing moralfag by scolding the assholes, but I'm not quite sure how else to get people to see just how hateful and stupid they can sound sometimes.”
    • 2011, Cole Stryker, Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web, The Overlook Press (2011), ISBN 9781590207383, unnumbered page: Sure enough, a few are linking to videos of Quran burnings. But not everyone is on board. Here, there be moralfags.
    • 2012, Parmy Olson, We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency, Little, Brown and Company (2012), ISBN 9780316213530, unnumbered page: There were still two big no-no's on /b/. One was child porn (though this is disputed by some hardcore users who like the way it puts off the newfags) and the other was moralfags. Calling someone a “moralfag” on 4chan was the worst possible insult. These were visitors to /b/ who issue with its depravity and tried to change it or, worse, tried to get /b/ to act on some other kind of wrongdoing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) One who drives all decisions on perceived moral, especially one who enforces them with censorship.
  2. (obsolete) A teacher of morals.
more {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /mɔː(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /mɔɹ/, /moʊɹ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (some dialects only)
etymology 1 From Middle English more, from Old English māra, from Proto-Germanic *maizô, from Proto-Indo-European *mē-. Cognate with Scots mair, Saterland Frisian moor, Western Frisian mear, Dutch meer, Low German mehr, German mehr, Danish mere, Swedish mera, Icelandic meiri, meira.
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. Comparative form of many: in greater number. (Used for a discrete quantity.) exampleMore people are arriving. exampleThere are more ways to do this than I can count.
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  2. {{senseid}} Comparative form of much: in greater quantity, amount, or proportion. (Used for a continuous quantity.) exampleI want more soup;&emsp; I need more time exampleThere's more caffeine in my coffee than in the coffee you get in most places.
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To a greater degree or extent. {{defdate}} exampleHe walks more in the morning these days.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. (now poetic) In negative constructions: any further, any longer; any more. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtArthr2}}, Bk.XV, Ch.II: Than was there pees betwyxte thys erle and thys Aguaurs, and grete surete that the erle sholde never warre agaynste hym more.
  3. {{senseid}} Used alone to form the comparative form of adjective and adverbs. {{defdate}} exampleYou're more beautiful than I ever imagined.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.”
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  4. (now dialectal or humorous) Used in addition to an inflected comparative form. (Standard until the 18thc.) {{defdate}} exampleI was more better at English than you.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An extra amount or extent.
etymology 2 From Middle English more, moore from Old English more, moru from Proto-Germanic *murhǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *mork-. Akin to osx moraha, Old High German morha, moraha (German Möhre, Morchel). More at morel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) a carrot; a parsnip.
  2. (dialectal) a root; stock.
  3. A plant.
etymology 3 From Middle English moren, from the noun. See above.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To root up.
  • {{rank}}
  • omer
  • Rome
moreish pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɔːɹ.ɪʃ/
  • {{homophones}} (in some accents)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, of food) Causing one to want to have more
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Synonyms: See also
  • heroism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang) A sexual act involving more than three people.
  • merosome, some more
more than someone has had hot dinners
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) A very large number. She's had more boyfriends than you've had hot dinners!
Mormon {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɔːmən/
  • (US) /ˈmɔːɹmən/
  • {{rhymes}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The ancient American prophet of Mormon theology who compiled the Book of Mormon.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (originally, derogatory) A person who views Joseph Smith, Jr. as a prophet, and considers the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price to be holy.
    • {{RQ:Grey Riders}} That year, 1871, had marked a change which had been gradually coming in the lives of the peace-loving Mormons of the border.
coordinate terms:
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Synonyms: Latter-day Saint, LDS
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, or pertaining to, the faith established by Joseph Smith, Jr.
morning glory {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Several members of the Convolvulaceae family; climb plant with trumpet shaped flower.
  2. (informal) An involuntary erection present on waking.
  3. A rolling cloud in the shape of a cylinder.
Synonyms: (plant) bindweed, (erection present on waking) morning wood
morning impaired
adjective: morning impair
  1. (slang, humorous) Of or pertaining to the inability to think clearly or get moving in the morning. Bob doesn't show up on time for early meetings, he is morning impaired.
morningmare etymology From morning and nightmare.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) A nightmare experience in the morning.
morning sickness
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (medicine) Early morning nausea and vomiting as a symptom of pregnancy.
morning tent
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An erection that a man has upon waking up, which forms a tent-like shape on his pants. I woke up with a morning tent, so i ended up beltlooping.
Synonyms: (erection on waking) morning glory, (erection on waking) morning wood
morning wood Alternative forms: morning woodie, morning woody
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An involuntary erection that a man has upon waking up.
Synonyms: (erection on waking) morning glory, morning tent
morning woody
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) morning wood
morology etymology From Old Greek μωρολογία 〈mōrología〉 (composed of μωρία 〈mōría〉 „foolishness“, and λόγος 〈lógos〉 „word, talking, science“).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Foolish talk; nonsense.
  2. (humorous) The scientific study of nonsense.
moron {{wikipedia}} etymology Coined in 1910 by psychologist Henry H. Goddard, from Ancient Greek μωρός 〈mōrós〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈmɔːɹɒn/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, originally) A person of borderline intelligence in the former classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50-69.
  2. (informal) A stupid person; an idiot; a fool.
  • The current medical term for having an IQ between 50 and 69 is mild mental retardation.
Synonyms: ,
related terms:
  • oxymoron
  • sophomore
moronic pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɔːˈɹɒnɪk/
  • (US) /mɔːˈɹɑnɪk/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (medicine) having a mental age of between seven and twelve years
  2. (slang) behaving in the manner of a moron; idiotic; stupid
related terms:
  • moron
  • omicron, oncomir
morph pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɔː(r)f/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{back-form}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (linguistics) A physical form representing some morpheme in language. It is a recurrent distinctive sound or sequence sounds.
  2. (linguistics) An allomorph: one of a set of realizations that a morpheme can have in different contexts.
  3. (biology) Local variety of a species, distinguishable from other populations of the species by morphology or behaviour.
  4. A computer-generated gradual change from one image to another.
etymology 2 Shortening of metamorphose: to change in shape or form.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, ambitransitive) To change shape, from one form to another, through computer animation.
  2. To undergo dramatic change in a seamless and barely noticeable fashion.
    • 2013 June 18, , "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013): By the time politicians in several cities backed down on Tuesday and announced that they would cut or consider reducing fares, the demonstrations had already morphed into a more sweeping social protest, with marchers waving banners carrying slogans like “The people have awakened.”
related terms:
  • morphic
  • morpho-
  • morphological
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Hermaphrodite.

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