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etymology 1 French mort.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Death; especially, the death of game in hunting.
  2. A note sounded on a horn at the death of a deer.
    • Sir Walter Scott The sportsman then sounded a treble mort.
  3. (UK, Scotland, dialect) The skin of a sheep or lamb that has die of disease.
  4. (card games) A variety of dummy whist for three players.
  5. (card games) The exposed or dummy hand of card in the game of mort.
etymology 2 Compare Icelandic margt, neuter of margr, "many".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A great quantity or number.
    • Charles Dickens There was a mort of merrymaking.
etymology 3 Shortening of mortal.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (internet, informal) A player in a multi-user dungeon who does not have special administrator privilege and whose character can be killed.
  • immort
etymology 4 Uncertain.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A three-year-old salmon.
etymology 5 unknown
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  1. (slang, archaic) A woman; a female.
    • Ben Jonson Male gypsies all, not a mort among them.
  • mTOR
mortal etymology From xno mortal, Middle French mortal, and their source Latin mortālis, from mors. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɔːtəl/
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  1. Susceptible to death by aging, sickness, injury, or wound; not immortal. {{defdate}}
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, : I was in mortal fear lest the captain should repent of his confessions and make an end of me.
  2. Causing death; deadly, fatal, killing, lethal (now only of wounds, injuries etc.). {{defdate}}
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.11: Blyndfold he was; and in his cruell fist / A mortall bow and arrowes keene did hold […].
  3. Fatally vulnerable; vital.
    • Milton Last of all, against himself he turns his sword, but missing the mortal place, with his poniard finishes the work.
  4. Of or relating to the time of death.
    • Alexander Pope Safe in the hand of one disposing Power, / Or in the natal or the mortal hour.
  5. Affecting as if with power to kill; deathly.
    • Dryden The nymph grew pale, and in a mortal fright.
    • mortal enemy
  6. Human; belonging to man, who is mortal. mortal wit or knowledge; mortal power
    • Milton The voice of God / To mortal ear is dreadful.
  7. Very painful or tedious; wearisome. a sermon lasting two mortal hours {{rfquotek}}
  8. (UK, slang) Very drunk; wasted; smashed. Let's go out and get mortal!
Synonyms: (causing death) fatal, lethal, baneful
  • (susceptible to death) immortal, everlasting
  • (of or relating to death) natal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A human; someone susceptible to death. exampleHer wisdom was beyond that of a mere mortal.
    • 1596, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream Lord what fools these mortals be!
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window{{nb...}}.
  • immortal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who mosh.
  2. (British, slang) A member of an alternative subculture; a grebo or goth.
    • 2008, Paul Byrne, Sophie Lancaster goth murder (The Daily Mirror, 13 March 2008) The witness, aged 14, wept as she begged for an ambulance, saying: "This mosher's just been banged because he's a mosher."
  • homers
mosquito bite etymology From mosquito + bite.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The result of a mosquito bite; characteristically a visible bump of inflamed skin, together with a sensation of irritation (itchiness).
    • 2001, Ben Mikaelsen, Touching Spirit Bear, HarperCollins (2005), ISBN 978-0-06-073400-8, page 121: “Half your bones are busted, your body is swollen like one huge mosquito bite, and you’re nearly starved to death. Believe me, Champ, you're not okay.”
  2. (less commonly) The event of a mosquito bite.
    • 2002, Jacqueline Stanley, Essentials of Immunology & Serology, Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-0-7668-1064-8, page 403: From there, the cycle may be initiated once again when the sporozoites are released into the blood stream during a mosquito bite.
  3. (usually plural, slang, potentially offensive) A small breast on a woman.
    • 2008, Kate Willoughby, A Wolf at Her Door, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, ISBN 1419918079, page 46: Well, Adam didn’t seem to have a problem with the size of her breasts. Paige had found that if a guy was thrown by her mosquito bites, he’d do one of two things.
mosquito coil {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mosquito-repel incense, usually shaped into a spiral, and typically made from a dried paste of pyrethrum powder.
moss {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English mos, from Old English mos, from Proto-Germanic *musą, from Proto-Indo-European *mūs-, *meus-. Cognate with Old High German mos (German Moos), Icelandic mosi, Danish mos, Swedish mossa, Latin muscus. pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɒs/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /mɔs/
  • (cot-caught) {{enPR}}, /mɑs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various small, green, seedless plant growing on the ground or on the surfaces of trees, stones, etc.; now specifically, a plant of the division Bryophyta (formerly {{taxlink}}).
  2. (countable) A kind or species of such plants.
  3. (informal) Any alga, lichen, bryophyte, or other plant of seemingly simple structure. Spanish moss; Irish moss; club moss.
  4. (now chiefly UK regional) A bog; a fen. the mosses of the Scottish border
  • The plural form mosses is used when more than one kind of moss is meant. The singular moss is used referring to a collection of moss plants of the same kind.
  • (simple plant) alga, cryptogam, lichen
  • (Bryophyta) bryophyte
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To become covered with moss. An oak whose boughs were mossed with age.
  2. (transitive) To cover (something) with moss.
etymology 1 Diminutive of Maurice. Alternative forms: Mozzie
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  1. (Ireland) A given name.
etymology 2 Form of mossie. Alternative forms: Mozzie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated or historical, UK, military, informal, colloquial) A .
    • 1983, John Kelly, The Wooden Wolf, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lOW0T8rBKOT3mAWk6KHuDw&redir_esc=y page 142], He leaned into the electric gunsight, aiming the Mossie at the left wingroot between engine and fuselage, where he knew there were fuel tanks — his right thumb mashed the control-column firing button.
    • 1993, Air League of the British Empire, Air Pictorial: Journal of the Air League, Volume 55, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lOW0T8rBKOT3mAWk6KHuDw&redir_esc=y page 8], The Mossies were still able to land before the bombers were over the Channel.
    • 2003, Harold A. Skaarup, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Warbird Survivors 2003: A Handbook on Where to Find Them, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lOW0T8rBKOT3mAWk6KHuDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 97], Almost 8,000 Mossies were built in Great Britain, Canada and Australia.
  • mioses
  • mosies
etymology 1 From Afrikaans, from Dutch mus. pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa) The common name for various species of sparrow, especially {{taxlink}}.
    • 1963, Lady Joy Petersen Packer, Home from Sea, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lOW0T8rBKOT3mAWk6KHuDw&redir_esc=y page 221], Our four baby mossies have left the nest.
    • 1969, J. M. Winterbottom, Cornelis Janse Uys, Some Birds of the Cape, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F8-0T7aUJuHumAWxt_jyDw&redir_esc=y page 93], Another highly successful species, which has become a serious pest of fruit, is the Mossie or Cape Sparrow. The male mossie, with his black and white head and rufous mantle, is rather a handsome little bird; his wife lacks the head markings, being grey-brown with a pale eye-stripe.
    • 2004, , Karoo Boy, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F8-0T7aUJuHumAWxt_jyDw&redir_esc=y page 78], He laughs a deep laugh that rumbles up from somewhere in his drumskin stomach. It spooks the mossies on the overhead telegraph wire.
etymology 2 Diminutive formed from mosquito. Alternative forms: mozzie pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɒz.i/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) A mosquito.
    • 1996, , The Opal Seekers, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F8-0T7aUJuHumAWxt_jyDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], She came out, standing a head taller than him, tugging a loose cotton shift into place, and made for a rough brick fireplace beside a pile of rusting pots and pans. ‘Come inside,’ Willi said. ‘The mossies will eat you alive out here.’
    • 2003, Jack Lagan, A B Sea: A Loose-Footed Lexicon, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Fd60T4v4M4yOmQXZvsX9Dw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 211], Tip 1 : Make sure there is clearance between your body and the net. If the net touches your skin, the mossie will be able to bite you through it.
    • 2012, Susan Kurosawa, Coasting: A Year by the Bay, [http//|%22mossies%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=F8-0T7aUJuHumAWxt_jyDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mossie%22|%22mossies%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], He had becoms full of Bay intelligence about mosquito repellent measures. Apart from the obvious—mossie coils, citronella candles, zappers, fine nets suspended over beds and Rid roll-on or spray—he decided to invest in bush gear from an army disposal store. The mossies, who know a city slicker when they bite one, had been stinging clear through his Calvin Clone T-shirts from the Hong Kong markets and feasting on his bare arms as if presented with a juicy buffet.
  • mioses
  • mosies
most Rikki-Tik etymology Probably derived from the character Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a quick and quick-witted mongoose in the story of the same name.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, US) quickly, immediately Get that done most rikki-tik.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, US) quickly, immediately
A phrase used mainly in the military.
etymology 1 From French mot. Compare motto. pronunciation
  • (UK) /məʊ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A witty remark; a witticism; a bon mot.
    • N. Brit. Rev. Here and there turns up a … savage mot.
    • 1970, John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York 2007, p. 32: ‘He comes from Montreal, in Canada.’ ‘Why?’ she said, repeating Dr Johnson's mot with a forced sneer.
  2. (obsolete) A word or a motto; a device. {{rfquotek}}
    • Shakespeare Tarquin's eye may read the mot afar.
  3. (obsolete) A note or brief strain on a bugle. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 pronunciation
  • (RP) /mɒt/
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  1. (slang, Irish English) A girl, woman or girlfriend, particularly in the Dublin area.
etymology 1 From French motard, from moto + -ard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. short for supermotard
etymology 2 From moto + retard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang), in United States Marine Corps, one who expresses his or her motivation for the Marine Corps to the point of obnoxiousness.
mother {{wikipedia}} pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • (UK) /ˈmʌðə(ɹ)/, [ˈmɐðə(ɹ)]
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  • (US) /ˈmʌðɚ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English moder, from Old English mōdor, from Proto-Germanic *mōdēr (compare Western Frisian moer, Saterland Frisian Muur, Dutch moeder, German Mutter, Danish moder), from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂tēr 〈*méh₂tēr〉 (compare Irish máthair, Latin mater, Albanian motër, xto mācar, txb mācer, Lithuanian mótė, Russian мать 〈matʹ〉, Greek μητέρα 〈mētéra〉, Armenian մայր 〈mayr〉, Persian مادر 〈mạdr〉, Sanskrit मातृ 〈mātr̥〉).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A (human) female who (a) parent a child (b) gives birth to a baby (c) donates a fertilized egg or (d) donates a body cell which has resulted in a clone. Sometimes used in reference to a pregnant female, possibly as a shortened form of mother-to-be. I am visiting my mother(a) today.My sister-in-law has just become a mother.(b)Nutrients and oxygen obtained by the mother(c) are conveyed to the fetus.
    • 1988, Robert Ferro, Second Son, He had something of his mother in him, but this was because he realized that in the end only her love was unconditional, and in gratitude he had emulated her.
    • 1991, Susan Faludi, The Undeclared War Against American Women, The antiabortion iconography in the last decade featured the fetus but never the mother.
  2. A female parent of an animal. The lioness was a mother of four cubs.
  3. (figuratively) A female ancestor.
    • 1525, , , , And Ada[Adam] called his wyfe Heua[Eve] because she was the mother of all that lyveth
    • 1844, , Fragment on the Church, Volume 1, page 17, But one in the place of God and not God, is as it were a falsehood; it is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is derived.
  4. (figuratively) A source or origin. The Mediterranean was mother to many cultures and languages.
    • 1606, , , Act 4, Scene 3, 1866, George Steevens (editor), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, page 278, Alas, poor country: / Almost afraid to know itself! It cannot / Be call'd our mother, but our grave:
    • 1844, , Fragment on the Church, Volume 1, page 17, But one in the place of God and not God, is as it were a falsehood; it is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is derived.
  5. (when followed by a surname) A title of respect for one's mother-in-law. Mother Smith, meet my cousin, Doug Jones.
  6. (figuratively) Any elderly woman, especially within a particular community.
  7. (figuratively) Any person or entity which performs mothering.
    • The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. –Judges 5:7, KJV.
    • Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. –Galatians 4:26, KJV.
  8. A film or membrane which is developed on the surface of fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and acts as a means of conveying the oxygen of the air to the alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus leading to their oxidation.
  9. The principal piece of an astrolabe, into which the others are fixed.
  10. The female superior or head of a religious house; an abbess, etc.
  11. (obsolete) Hysterical passion; hysteria. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (one’s female parent) See also , (of or pertaining to the mother, such as metropolis) metro-
  • (with regards to gender) father
  • (with regards to ancestry) daughter, son, child
  • (a female parent) parent
coordinate terms:
  • (a female parent) father
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.
    • {{circa}} , She had seen fewer years than any of us, but she was of such superb Evehood and simplicity that she mothered us from the beginning.
etymology 2 Calque of Arabic ام 〈ạm〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind. "The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun." — Saddam Hussein
related terms:
  • mother of all
etymology 3 Shortened from motherfucker Alternative forms: mutha
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, coarse, slang) Motherfucker.
  2. (euphemistic, colloquial) A striking example.
    • The last tallyho, Richard L. Newhafer, 1964, “November, 1943 If ever, Cortney Anders promised himself, I get out of this mother of a thunderstorm there is a thing I will do if it is the last act of my life.”
    • Fox & hare: the story of a Friday night‎, page 5, Chester Anderson, 1980, “Some hot night there's gonna be one mother of a riot down here. Just wait." He'd been saying the same thing since 1958, five years of crying wolf.”
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    • 2006, The true and outstanding adventures of the Hunt sisters, Elizabeth Robinson, “Josh, whose fleshy face resembles a rhino's - beady wide-set eyes blinking between a mother of a snout”
Synonyms: MF, mofo, motherfucker, mutha
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etymology 4 Coined from moth by analogy to mouser. Alternative forms: moth-er pronunciation
  • (UK)
    • /ˈmɒðə/, /ˈmɒθə/
  • (US)
    • LOT-CLOTH split:
      • /ˈmɔðɚ/, /ˈmɔθɚ/
    • COT-CAUGHT merger:
      • /ˈmɒðɚ/, /ˈmɒθɚ/
      • /ˈmɑðɚ/, /ˈmɑθɚ/
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This word is not a homophone or rhyme of mother. The o is pronounced with the CLOTH vowel, and the th component is voiced /ð/ or voiceless /θ/ predictably depending on whether the pronunciation of mouser has voiced /z/ or voiceless /s/.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nonstandard) A cat that catches moth.
Because of the spelling mother, the alternative hyphenated spelling moth-er may be used to avoid ambiguity.
motherchucker etymology mother + chucker, as a rhyming bowdlerization of motherfucker. Popularized by the American television series in the late 2000s,Ralph Keyes, ''Euphemania: Our Love Affair with Euphemisms'', Little, Brown and Company (2010), ISBN 9780316121958, [ unnumbered page] but reportedly used by in a 2005 article."[ For The Record: Quick News On Britney And Kevin, D'Angelo, Distillers, Slim Thug, Joe Strummer, Pete Rock & More]", '''', 14 February 2005
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, usually pejorative) Motherfucker.
    • 2008, Jessica Pressler & Chris Rovzar, "Gossip Girl Says ‘Chuck You’ to True Love", Daily Intelligencer, 9 February 2008: Ordinarily we would say that no one would actually say, as Blair does, "Damn that motherchucker!" …
    • 2009, Jason Pinter, The Darkness, Mira (2009), ISBN 9781460304846, unnumbered page: "I see a few motherchuckers in the crowd."
    • 2009, Jada Yuan, "Glory Be! Patrick McMullan Redesigned His Website!", New York Magazine, 1 July 2009: We’ve spent the last four years of our lives cursing the Patrick McMullan Company Website. We love Patrick and the boys dearly, but entire mountain ranges could have formed in the time it took that motherchucker to load.
    • 2009, Stephen King, "Stephen King's Reliable Rentals", Entertainment Weekly, 21 August 2009: Die Hard has been often imitated but never duplicated. Willis good, Rickman better. Yippee-ki-yay, motherchucker.
    • 2012, Sarah Lawson, "Gossip Girl Recap Recap: Salon of the Dead", Vulture, 20 April 2012: Nate being a motherchucker +20 –THEYCALLMESTACEY
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, euphemism) motherfucker
motherferyer etymology Euphemistic alteration of motherfucker. pronunciation
  • /ˈmʌðəfəjə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Motherfucker.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 4: And it was in Pontiac that I dug that Jim Crow man in person, a motherferyer that would cut your throat for looking.
motherfreaking etymology From motherfucking, replacing fucking by its euphemistic variant freaking.
adjective : {{en-adj}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, vulgar, chiefly, US) An intensifier, used in the same contexts as freaking, but more intense.
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adverb : {{en-adv}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, vulgar, chiefly, US) To an extreme degree. He is one motherfreaking mean dude.
motherfuck etymology From motherfucker, by shortening.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar) A more intense form of fuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. motherfucker
    • 2000, Toby Murray, Ten to Midnight (page 418) “We oughta make the motherfucks fry in hell,” the second boy said; too quickly for the program editor to beep out the profanity.
related terms:
  • motherfucker
motherfucker Alternative forms: mother-fucker, mother fucker etymology From mother + fucker pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (strongly vulgar, offensive) An extremely contemptible or mean person. Up against the wall, motherfucker.
  2. (strongly vulgar) Any person, often but not always with the connotation that the person is disliked or is threatening. Check out this motherfucker.
  3. (markedly vulgar) An extremely intense experience, often but not always negative. War is a motherfucker. I jammed my finger in the door yesterday. It hurt like a motherfucker. You mess with me, and I will come at you like a motherfucker.
  4. (teasingly, friendly, jokingly, vulgar) A good very close friend or relative. How’ve you been, you crazy motherfucker?
  5. (literally, vulgar) One who engages in incest with their mother.
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  6. (literally, vulgar) One who engages in sex with a mother, not necessarily one's own.
Synonyms: futhermucker (spoonerism), mofo, motherchucker (bowdlerization), motherfouler (bowdlerization), motherfunker (euphemistic), motherhumper (euphemistic), motherlicker (bowdlerization), motherlover, (euphemistic), muhfugga (African American Vernacular), muthafucka (African American Vernacular),
  • inbreeder
coordinate terms:
  • aunt fucker
  • brotherfucker
  • cousinfucker
  • fatherfucker
  • nephew fucker
  • niece fucker
  • sibling fucker
  • sisterfucker
  • unclefucker
motherfuckerdom etymology motherfucker + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The state or quality of being a motherfucker.
    • 2000, Stephen Lemons, "'American Pimps'", Salon, 26 July 2000: “Let me tell you, when I stopped pimpin’, I was real negative about quitting,” Rosebudd says. “I thought I was giving up being a motherfucker. Now to a hustler, being a motherfucker is what you strive for. So when someone says ‘Rosebudd’s a motherfucker,’ that’s the highest compliment you can get because they’ve run out of adjectives. I was depressed until I realized that I was not stopping being a motherfucker, I was stopping pimpin’. I just had to become a motherfucker in another arena.” The other arena in which Rosebudd, aka John Dickson, is aiming for motherfuckerdom is writing.
    • 2009, Jim Dawson, The Compleat Motherfucker: A History of the Mother of All Dirty Words, Feral House (2009), ISBN 9781932595413, page 33: In a culture dependent upon oral traditions going back to the griots—tribal historians and genealogists—of Western Africa, the heroes of the toast were often the ultimate bad mammyjammers, the archetypes of motherfuckerdom.
    • 2011, Alex Pappademas, "Jay-Z King", GQ, December 2011: Take Watch the Throne, on which two grandiose motherfuckers explore the theme of grandiose-motherfuckerdom from vastly different perspectives, stacking dubstep on top of opera on top of Otis Redding, triumphalism on top of sorrow on top of more triumphalism, striving for a sound as vast and strange as the world they've come to inhabit.
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Synonyms: motherfuckerhood
motherfuckerhood etymology motherfucker + hood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) The state or quality of being a motherfucker.
    • 2001, 8 April, Phil Phantom, {ASSM} Confessions,!original/,, “I went on to tell her instance after instance when she inspired motherfuckerhood in me.”
    • 2008, Wil Forbis, Acid Logic: A Decade of Humorous Writing on Pop Culture, Trash Cinema and Rebel Music, AuthorHouse (2008), ISBN 9781434357007, page 66: In many ways, it's quite ironic that Roz Chast would be featured in an Interesting Motherfuckers column. After all, she is a mother of two, a boy and a girl. In fact, perhaps it would be more fitting to list Roz Chast's husband as an Interesting Motherfucker, at least that would be more literal, but as you can see from the definition provided at the top of the page, the phrase "Interesting Motherfucker" is really more a general description to be applied to someone who has the ability to cause others to take notice of their uniqueness and in that case, I think it's quite fair to file Roz Chast under the pedigree of Interesting Motherfuckerhood.
    • 2013, Zachary Lipez, "Adult Problems - A Wrap-Up of Things That Happened in 2012 I Can Actually Remember", Noisey, 1 January 2013: While I’ll never doubt our capacity for eye-rolling scorn, to expend any actually visceral hatred on Pitchfork, or any website that isn’t trafficking in landmines for baby sheep, is consigning yourself to trivial motherfuckerhood.
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Synonyms: motherfuckerdom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) nonsense; foolery
    • 2015, Shannon Mayer, Veiled Threat Damn Will for his motherfuckery.
    • 2011, Peter Blauner, Intruder For almost eight hours, Jake has been locked in the bowels of the system, getting a full doctorate in Advanced Motherfuckery and High Bullshittism. First, his paperwork was lost at the precinct, which caused a two-hour wait in the holding pens.
related terms:
  • fuckery
  • motherfucker
motherfucking etymology From mother + fucking.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (very, vulgar) An intensifier, used in the same contexts as fucking, but more intense.
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Synonyms: cousinfucking
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (very, vulgar) To an extreme degree. He is one motherfucking mean dude.
motherfuckingly etymology motherfucking + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Extremely.
motherfunker etymology Bowdlerization of motherfucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, sometimes pejorative) Motherfucker.
    • 1993, Mark Coleman, "In Yo' Face: The History of Funk", Vibe, September 1993: (If Rhino follows up with Volumes 6 through 10, extending up through 1982 and Dazz Band's "Let It Whip," those sets should be absolute motherfunkers.)
    • 2004, Josh Tyrangiel, "OutKast", Time, 26 April 2004: From the initial weirdness of their songs about space aliens to B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad), their millennial drum-and-bass gospel opus, they have proved that it's possible to be unusual, ambitious and immensely popular. In their own words, "We are/ The coolest motherfunkers on the planet."
    • 2005, Joe Gross, To Tha X-Streme review, "Ten Best Albums You Didn't Hear", Spin, January 2005: Some players stress over their game, but Houston's Devin the Dude is one slack motherfunker, worrying only about weed, women, and…uh, what was the question?
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Synonyms: motherhumper, motherlover, muhfugga
motherhumper etymology mother + humper, as a euphemism for motherfucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, usually pejorative) Motherfucker.
    • 1976, Charles Durden, No Bugles, No Drums, The Viking Press (1976), ISBN 9780670514199, page 95: But this motherhumper had feet long as my legs. His boots had to be special made. He was at least six-eight, {{…}}
    • 1981, Stephen King, Cujo, Viking Press (1981), ISBN 9780670451937, page 73: {{…}} I mean, if people don't chain up a dog that bites, they deserve what they get, you know? That thing . . . did you see it? I bet that motherhumper went two hundred pounds."
    • 1993, William Shatner, Tek Secret, Ace/Putnam (1993), ISBN 9780399138928, page 142: "I'll bet you that redheaded motherhumper is behind this."
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Synonyms: motherlover, muhfugga
motherling etymology From mother + ling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (diminutive, affectionate) A mother, especially a precious one.
    • 1912, Flora Annie Webster Steel, King-errant: I will marry again, motherling! I will indeed; but this time let me choose for myself," he said consolingly as the fond woman clung to him in mingled joy at seeing him again, and grief at the failure of her schemes.
  2. A woman's child.
    • 2012, Thomas R. Trautmann, Peter M. Whiteley, Crow-Omaha: First, to resolve gender ambiguity in links to collateral relatives, he introduced the symbols F (“fatherling”) and M (“motherling”) to refer to a “man's child” and a “woman's child,” respectively.
  3. (pejorative) Mother.
    • 1908, Mary Mapes Dodge, St. Nicholas - Volume 35, Part 1 - Page 231: Dr. Howard shook his head doubtingly. "Motherling. please, motherling," coaxed Bab.
motherlover etymology mother + lover, as a euphemism for motherfucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang, usually pejorative) Motherfucker.
    • 1971, Daniel Curley, In the Hands of Our Enemies: Stories, University of Illinois Press (1971), page 81: "They still want to help that motherlover."
    • 2001, Shashi Tharoor, Riot, Penguin Books (2003), ISBN 9780143030904, page 256: The Muslim bomb-chuckers, running away from the house where I'd fired at them, came back to the Kotli to seek refuge — all except the motherlover we'd caught.
    • 2007, Gary Phillips, "Sportin' Men", in Full House: 10 Stories About Poker (eds. Pete Hautman & Francine P. Pascal), G. P. Putnam's Sons (2007), ISBN 9780399245282, unnumbered page: "I ain't scared of no motherlover in this world or the next."
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Synonyms: motherhumper, muhfugga
motherloving etymology mother + loving
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (euphemistic, slang) Motherfucking.
    • 1956/7, West Side Story: Jet Song , Stephen Sondheim Here come the Jets, Yeah! And we're gonna beat Ev'ry last buggin' gang On the whole buggin' street! On the whole! Ever! Mother! Lovin'! Street! Yeah!
    • 1971, John Speicher, Didman‎ The old American's back in the air, boys — we're zooming in low over Moscow, bringing down the whole motherloving house of cards.
    • 2000, Vernor Vinge, A deepness in the sky That must have been something motherloving important.
    • 2001, Shashi Tharoor, Riot Motherloving idiots: one of the greatest of Sikh journalists, Khushwant Singh, wrote that if Khalistan were ever created it would be a "duffer state."
    • 2002, Carl Hiaasen, Skin Tight Stick it right in his motherloving face, realty piss him off. Willie had it down to an art: He'd poke the TV camera directly at the subject's nose...
mother of all etymology Popularized after its use by , then president of Iraq, in reference to the as ام المعارك 〈ạm ạlmʿạrk〉.
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Used before a plural noun to form a compound noun having the sense of: the greatest or largest of its kind.
    • 2003, "2003 Movie Guide", Christian Science Monitor, 26 Dec 03: Driving to a dinner engagement, a Parisian woman gets stuck in the mother of all traffic jams, offers a ride to a handsome pedestrian, and enters a fleeting affair that catches both of them by surprise.
    • 2006, Jean Chatzky, "Get the Scoop", Money, vol. 35.8: Five mail-order ice creams. Four pregnant women. Welcome to the mother of all taste tests.
motor {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: motour (very rare) etymology Latin moto. pronunciation
  • /ˈməʊtə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A machine or device that convert any form of energy into mechanical energy, or impart motion.
  2. (colloquial) A motor car, or automobile.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  3. (figuratively) A source of power for something, an inspiration, a driving force.
  4. Any protein capable of converting chemical energy into mechanical work.
Synonyms: engine
related terms:
  • motoric
  • psychomotor
  • sensorimotor
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (biology) describing neuron that create the ability to move She has excellent motor skills.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To drive around leisurely in a motorised vehicle.
  2. (slang) To leave. I gotta motor.
motorboat etymology motor + boat
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) Any vessel driven by an engine (either inboard or outboard), but especially a small one.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To place one's head between a woman's breast and make the sound of a motorboat with one's lips whilst moving the head from side to side.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of travelling in a motorboat.
  2. (slang) The act of placing one's head between a woman's breasts and making the sound of a motorboat with one's lips whilst moving the head from side to side.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of motorboat
    • 2010, Phil Torcivia, Nice Meeting You, page 183: (He is referring to her boobs.) Phil: Nice. Dog #1: They are suh-weet! Can you imagine climbing behind that caboose and hanging on to those milk-bags? Dog #2: I'd be motorboating them for hours.
    • 2011, , A Shore Thing, page 120: "Mmmm," he mumbled, his face between her boobs, motorboating.
    • 2012, Alex Langley, The Geek Handbook: Practical Skills and Advice for the Likeable Modern Geek, page 56 PROBLEM: You accidentally touched your platonic galpal on the boob. SOLUTION: Apologize quickly, making it clear that it was just a slip of the hand. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE: Try to “break the tension” by motorboating your friend's breasts.
motorcar Alternative forms: motor car pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. an enclosed passenger vehicle powered by an engine.
Synonyms: auto (slang), automobile (USA), car, motor (British slang), motor vehicle
motor cop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A policeman driving a motorcycle.
    • 1934, , , 1992 edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 274: I kept my speedometer at forty or under; Wolfe had told Anderson this would be unostentatious, and besides, I wasn't in the mood for repartee with a motor cop.
motorcycle {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmoʊtərˌsaɪkəl/
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etymology From motor + cycle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An open-seated motor-powered vehicle with two wheels.
Synonyms: (motor-powered vehicle) bike, chopper, cycle, moped, motorbike
  • Indonesian: motosikal
  • Malay: motosikal
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To motor around on a motorcycle; to ride.
motorhead etymology motor + -head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A car enthusiast.
  2. (UK, slang) Heavy (ab)user of amphetamine.
Synonyms: petrolhead, speed freak
motorik etymology German
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (music, informal) Having a rigid, repetitive, driving 4/4 beat, as in krautrock.
    • 1996, Jim DeRogatis, Kaleidoscope eyes: psychedelic rock from the '60s to the '90s ...explores the anti-auto tirades of Peggy Suicide while (ironically) paying tribute to the motorik beat and highway sounds of Neu! and krautrock.
    • 2006, Steve Taylor, A to X of Alternative Music Kraftwerk and Can both used the motorik style as did later electronic oriented bands like Ultravox...
    • 2007, Phil Freeman, Marooned: the next generation of desert island discs ...with occasional C-sharp and B chords thrown in there to relieve the tension, and a motorik beat.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To drive
    • 1955, Chuck Berry, Maybellene As I was motorvatin(g) over the hill, I saw Maybellene in a Coupe de Ville.
Motown pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmoʊtaʊn/
etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Detroit
  2. (poker slang) A jack and a five as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em
  3. (music) A style of artists/bands which recorded for Motown Records. They may be a rock band, but their retro style shows a heavy Motown influence.
related terms:
  • Motor City
mott Alternative forms: mot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) A prostitute.
  2. (Dublin, slang) A girlfriend.
  3. (US, chiefly Texas) A copse or small grove of trees, especially live oak or elm.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, They were rolling southward on the International. The timber was huddling into little, dense green motts at rare distances before the inundation of the downright, vert prairies. This was the land of the ranches; the domain of the kings of the kine.
mound etymology From earlier meaning "hedge, fence", from Middle English mound, mund, from Old English mund, from Proto-Germanic *mundō, *munduz, from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *man-, *mar-. Cognate with ofs mund, Old High German munt (German Mündel, Vormund), Old Norse mund), Middle Dutch mond, Latin manus, Ancient Greek μάρη 〈márē〉. pronunciation
  • /maʊnd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, anatomy, measurement, figuratively) A hand.
  2. (obsolete) A protection; restraint; curb.
  3. (obsolete) A helmet.
  4. (obsolete) Might; size.
  5. An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embankment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart.
  6. A natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
  7. (baseball) Elevated area of dirt upon which the pitcher stands to pitch.
  8. A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross.
  9. (US, vulgar, slang) The mons veneris.
Synonyms: (part of regalia) globus cruciger, globe, orb
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To fortify with a mound; add a barrier, rampart, etc. to.
  2. (transitive) To force or pile into a mound or mounds. He mounded up his mashed potatoes so they left more space on the plate for the meat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, slang) A pitcher.
  2. (historical, surveying) A man employed to dig pit and erect mound as reference marker for survey.
mount pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English, from Old English munt, from Latin mons, from a root seen also in ēmineō (English eminent).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mountain.
  2. (palmistry) Any of seven fleshy prominence in the palm of the hand, taken to represent the influence of various heavenly bodies. the mount of Jupiter
  3. (obsolete) A bulwark for offence or defence; a mound.
    • Bible, Jer. vi. 6 Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem.
  4. (obsolete) A bank; a fund.
  • Used chiefly in poetry, but also in the names of specific mountains, e.g. "Mount Everest".
etymology 2 From Middle English mounten, from xno mounter, from Old French monter, from Malayalam montare, from Latin mons; compare French monter.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An animal, usually a horse, used to ride on, unlike a draught horse The rider climbed onto his mount.
  2. A mounting; an object on which another object is mounted. The post is the mount on which the mailbox is installed.
  3. (obsolete) A rider in a cavalry unit or division. The General said he has 2,000 mounts.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading, physical) To move upwards.
    1. (transitive) To get upon; to ascend; to climb. exampleto mount stairs
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) Or shall we mount again the Rural Throne, / And rule the Country Kingdoms, once our own?
    2. (transitive) To place oneself on (a horse, a bicycle, etc.); to bestride. exampleThe rider mounted his horse.
    3. (transitive) To cause to mount; to put on horseback; to furnish with animals for riding.
      • John Dryden (1631-1700) to mount the Trojan troop
    4. (obsolete, transitive) To cause (something) to rise or ascend; to drive up; to raise; to elevate; to lift up.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) What power is it which mounts my love so high?
    5. (obsolete, intransitive) To rise on high; to go up; to be upraised or uplifted; to tower aloft; to ascend; often with up.
      • Bible, Book of Jeremiah li. 53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven.
      • Hannah Cowley (1743-1809) The fire of trees and houses mounts on high.
  2. (transitive) To attach (an object) to a support. exampleto mount a mailbox on a post
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge,{{nb...}}.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    1. (transitive, computing) To attach (a drive or device) to the file system in order to make it available to the operating system. exampleHow do I mount this external hard disk?
  3. (intransitive, sometimes, with up) To increase in quantity or intensity. exampleThe bills mounted up and the business failed.  {{nowrap}}
  4. (obsolete) To attain in value; to amount (to).
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Bring then these blessings to a strict account, / Make fair deductions, see to what they mount.
  5. (transitive) To get on top of (an animal) to mate.
    1. (transitive, slang) To have sexual intercourse with someone.
  6. (transitive) To begin (a military assault, etc.); to launch. exampleThe General gave the order to mount the attack.
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  7. (transitive, archaic) To deploy (cannon) for use in or around it. exampleto mount cannon
  8. (transitive) To prepare and arrange the scenery, furniture, etc. for use in (a play or production).
Synonyms: See also
  • dismount
  • demount
  • unmount
related terms:
  • amount
  • mountain
  • paramount
  • surmount
mountain oyster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Hog testicle prepared as food.
mountaintopism etymology mountaintop + ism. Calque of the (now rarely used) Chinese word Hani / Hani (shāntóuzhǔyì).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The tendency of a provincial governor to regard the province as his own personal territory.
  • This term is associated with communist China.
Mountie pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A member of the .
  2. (US, informal) A law officer, particularly an officer patrolling rural highways.
mouse pronunciation
  • (RP) /maʊs/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /maʊs/, /mæws/
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etymology From Middle English mous, from Old English mūs, from Proto-Germanic *mūs, from Proto-Indo-European *muh₂s 〈*muh₂s〉. {{rel-top}} Germanic cognates include Old Frisian mūs, Old Saxon mūs (Low German Muus), Dutch muis, Old High German mūs (German Maus), Old Norse mús (Swedish mus, Danish mus, Norwegian mus, Icelandic mús, Faroese mús). Indo-European cognates include Ancient Greek μῦς 〈mŷs〉, Latin mūs, Armenian մուկ 〈muk〉, Old Church Slavonic мꙑшь 〈mꙑšʹ〉 (Russian мышь 〈myšʹ〉), Albanian mi, Persian موش 〈mwsẖ〉, Sanskrit मूष् 〈mūṣ〉 {{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any small rodent of the genus Mus.
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
  2. (informal) A member of the many small rodent and marsupial species resembling such a rodent.
  3. A quiet or shy person.
  4. (computing) (plural mice or, rarely, mouses) An input device that is moved over a pad or other flat surface to produce a corresponding movement of a pointer on a graphical display.
  5. (boxing) Hematoma.
  6. (nautical) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straighening out.
  7. (obsolete) A familiar term of endearment. {{rfquotek}}
  8. A match used in firing guns or blasting.
  9. (set theory) A small model of (a fragment of) Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory with desirable properties (depending on the context).
  • (small rodent) rodent
coordinate terms:
  • (small rodent) rat
  • (input device) joystick, trackpad, trackball, pointing stick
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To move cautiously or furtively, in the manner of a mouse (the rodent) (frequently used in the phrasal verb to mouse around).
  2. (intransitive) To hunt or catch mice (the rodents), usually of cats.
  3. (transitive, nautical) To close the mouth of a hook by a careful binding of marline or wire. Captain Higgins moused the hook with a bit of marline to prevent the block beckets from falling out under slack.
  4. (intransitive, computing) To navigate by means of a computer mouse.
    • 1988, MacUser: Volume 4 I had just moused to the File menu and the pull-down menu repeated the menu bar's hue a dozen shades lighter.
    • 2009, Daniel Tunkelang, Faceted Search (page 35) Unlike the Flamenco work, the Relation Browser allows users to quickly explore a document space using dynamic queries issued by mousing over facet elements in the interface.
  5. (obsolete, nonce, transitive) To tear, as a cat devours a mouse.
    • Shakespeare [Death] mousing the flesh of men.
related terms:
  • muscle
  • mussel
  • moues
mousefucker etymology From mouse + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
mousetrap {{wikipedia}} etymology mouse + trap pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmaʊsˌtɹæp/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Device for capturing or killing mice and other rodent.
  2. (computing) A website designed to open another copy of itself when the user tries to close the webpage. Frequently used by advertisers and pornographers.
  3. (business studies) With attribute "better", a hypothetical new or improved product used in economic projection. But what happens if they build a better mousetrap?
  4. (chiefly, British) Ordinary, everyday cheese
  5. (NZ) A slice of bread or toast topped with cheese and then grilled or microwaved.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (figuratively) To trap; to trick or fool (someone) into a bad situation.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, p. 724: He hoped to bring the rebels out of their trenches for a showdown battle somewhere south of the Wilderness, that gloomy expanse of scrub oaks and pines where Lee had mousetrapped Joe Hooker exactly a year earlier.
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moustache Alternative forms: moustaches, mustache, mustaches etymology Used in English since the 16th century. Via French from Italian mostaccio, from gkm μουστάκιον 〈moustákion〉, diminutive of (Doric) Ancient Greek μύσταξ 〈mýstax〉, from Proto-Indo-European *mendʰ-. pronunciation
  • (RP) /məˈstɑːʃ/, {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /ˈmʌstæʃ/, /məˈstæʃ/, {{rhymes}}
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  • (Aus) /məˈstæʃ/, {{rhymes}}
  • (NZ) /məˈstɐːʃ/, {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A growth of facial hair between the nose and the upper lip.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron;{{nb...}}. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
The plural forms moustaches and mustaches were formerly popular equivalent terms for the facial hair on the lip of one man, but these uses are now archaic with the singular now preferred.
mouth {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (noun) {{enPR}}, /maʊθ/
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  • (verb) {{enPR}}, /maʊð/
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etymology From Middle English mouth, from Old English mūþ, from Proto-Germanic *munþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ment-. Cognate with Scots mouth, Northern Frisian müd, müth, müss, Western Frisian mûn, Dutch mond, muide and mui, German Mund, Swedish mun, Faroese muður, munnur, Icelandic munnur, Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃 〈𐌼𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃〉, Latin mentum and mandō, Ancient Greek μάσταξ 〈mástax〉 and μασάομαι 〈masáomai〉, Albanian mjekër, Welsh mant, Hittite .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The opening of a creature through which food is ingest. example"Open your mouth and say 'aah'," directed the doctor.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. … The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.”
  2. The end of a river out of which water flows into a sea or other large body of water. exampleThe mouth of the river is a good place to go birdwatching in spring and autumn.
  3. An outlet, aperture or orifice. exampleThe mouth of a cave
  4. (slang) A loud or overly talkative person. exampleMy kid sister is a real mouth; she never shuts up.
  5. (saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters the mouth of an animal.
  6. (obsolete) A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a mouthpiece.
    • Addison Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street where he lives.
  7. (obsolete) Cry; voice. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (obsolete) Speech; language; testimony.
    • Bible, Matt. xviii. 16 that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established
  9. (obsolete) A wry face; a grimace; a mow.
    • Shakespeare Counterfeit sad looks, / Make mouths upon me when I turn my back.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To speak; to utter. He mouthed his opinions on the subject at the meeting.
    • Hare mouthing big phrases
  2. (transitive) To make the actions of speech, without producing sound. The prompter mouthed the words to the actor, who had forgotten them.
  3. (transitive) To pick up or handle with the lips or mouth, but not chew or swallow. The fish mouthed the lure, but didn't bite.
  4. (obsolete) To take into the mouth; to seize or grind with the mouth or teeth; to chew; to devour. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (obsolete) To form or cleanse with the mouth; to lick, as a bear licks her cub. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (obsolete) To make mouths at. {{rfquotek}}
  • {{rank}}
mouth breather Alternative forms: mouth-breather, mouthbreather
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who routinely inhale and exhale through the mouth, instead of through the nose.
    • 1967, Nancy J. Barron, "A Ride in the Human Centrifuge," American Journal of Nursing, vol. 67, no. 8, p. 1654, Respirations cannot be recorded by this method, if the subject is a mouth breather (as no air flows by the thermistor in the nose).
  2. (idiomatic, slang, derogatory) A person who is boorish, stupid, or otherwise unattractive.
    • 2004, Tim Goodman, "Trinkets are spirit guides in Fox's brilliant 'Wonderfalls'," San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar., She's a philosophy major from Brown, now working retail at Niagara Falls, living in a trailer and working for a "mouth breather" of a boss.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The state of breathing through the mouth
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) unintelligent, especially when not aware of this
related terms:
  • mouth breather
mouthfuck etymology mouth + fuck.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of aggressive, vigorous fellatio; irrumation.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) To aggressively and vigorously penetrate a mouth and throat; to practice irrumatio.
    • 2007, Peter Jason, Unfaithful, page 62 Mouthfuck me, Andrew!
    • 2007, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, Sex Slang, page 119 ...mouthfuck...
    • 2011, David Hawthorn, My Daughter, My Desire: A Novella of Forbidden Lust, link I started to mouthfuck my daughter hard, making cum squirt out of her tightly stretched lips.
  2. (vulgar) To scold someone harshly.
related terms:
  • footfuck, fingerfuck, titfuck, assfuck, cuntfuck, buttfuck, tonguefuck
mouthfucker etymology From mouthfuck + er or from mouth + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, derogatory, vulgar) One who mouthfuck.
    • 2001, Arion, link A mouthfucker wasn't thought to be polluting himself by polluting others...
    • 2008, David Hitchings, Dime Novel Sunset, page 168 Recalling it all thinking shit what a mouthfucker he was and thinking about the older chick maybe
    • 2010, Wayne Courtois, My Name Is Rand, 134 Then there was Pollux, who was a footfucker from way back but who could also be a brutal mouthfucker, pounding my warm wet cave like a force of nature—a hammering ocean or blinding rain that could only be endured.
  2. (slang, offensive, derogatory, vulgar) Term of abuse.
mouthful etymology mouth + ful
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The amount that will fit in a mouth.
    • He swallowed a mouthful of sea water when he fell in.
  2. (slang) Quite a bit.
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  3. Something difficult to pronounce or say.
    • "She sells sea shells" is a bit of a mouthful to say.
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    • 2010, Alexander Irvine, Iron Man 2: The Junior Novel, page 77 "Tony, I'm the executive director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Strategic Homeland Intelligence, Enforcement, and Logistics Division," explained Fury.Tony nodded. … "Want a tip? Fire your namer of things, because that's a mouthful."
  4. A tirade of abusive language (especially in the term "give someone a mouthful")
Synonyms: (quantity of liquid) See also
mouth of a sailor
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) The characteristic of regularly using vulgar language, especially strong profanities; a person having this characteristic.
related terms:
  • potty mouth
mouthpiece {{wikipedia}} etymology mouth + piece pronunciation
  • /ˈmaʊθˌpiːs/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A part of any device that functions in or near the mouth, especially:
    1. The part of a telephone that is held close to the mouth.
    2. The part of a wind instrument that is held in or against the mouth.
  2. A spokesman who speak on behalf of someone else.
  3. (slang) A lawyer for the defense.
noun: {{head}}
  1. mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
  2. (slang) kissing, particularly French kiss.
moving screen
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (basketball, informal) An offensive foul committed when a player executing a screen moves in order to block the defender and makes contact. Technically it is a block; in other words, there is no such terminology in most rulebooks using the phrase "moving screen." This means that, for it to be a foul, there must be contact (and illegal contact at that, meaning advantage-conveying). No illegal contact, no foul, no matter how much moving the screener does.
Synonyms: moving pick
moving spirit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who provides significant impetus or guidance in a given venture, movement, enterprise etc.
    • 1932, Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, Folio Society 2010, p. 106: At the beginning of the year 1804 the most formidable conspiracy which had yet threatened the government and the life of Napoleon was discovered. […] Georges Cadoudal, the Breton peasant, who was the very soul of the royalist party, was the moving spirit.
    • 1999, Joyce Crick, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Oxford 2008, p. 163: We had formed a conspiracy against an unpopular and ignorant teacher. Its moving spirit {{transterm}} was a fellow-student who seems since then to have taken Henry VIII of England as his model.
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 131: Pompadour was the moving spirit in the elegant refurbishment of most of the royal residences, and in the development of a number of minor residences such as Crécy, Bellevue and the Trianon, in all of which she indulged the king's penchant for intimacy and privacy.
    • 2005, Tony Russell, The Guardian, 11 Jun 2005: A couple of years later, he met Timothy Duffy, who was the moving spirit behind the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
mox nix Alternative forms: mox-nix etymology From German macht nichts. Apparently originated with American soldiers stationed in Germany after World War II.[[w:Eric Partridge|Eric Partridge]], 1986, [ ''A Dictionary of Catch Phrases: British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day''], 2nd edn., p. 314. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmɑks ˌnɪks/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (dated, slang) it doesn't matter; no worries
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, slang) unimportant, irrelevant
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MP3 player
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An electronic device for playing digital audio files in the MP3 format (and, in many cases, also files in some other formats and/or including a radio function).
Mr. Big Alternative forms: Mister Big, Mr Big
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The head of a crime syndicate, a high ranking criminal. An underworld Mr Big who built up a ruthless crime empire in Greater Manchester was jailed indefinitely yesterday. (Lancashire News 5th Jan 07). Defence lawyers critical of 'Mr. Big' police stings. CBCNEWS, 27 Dec 06. the end of the novel, Mike (Hammer) has rescued Velda, killed the Mafia's sinister Mr Big, and recovered the stash of drugs..." Hardboiled Hollywood, Max DeCharne. P84.
Mr Plod Alternative forms: Mr. Plod
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) A law enforcement officer.
Mrs Mop etymology From Mrs Mopp, a character in the wartime radio series ITMA played by Dorothy Summers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A charlady
initialism: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. (computing) Microsoft Network
  2. (computing, informal) (formerly ), a popular instant messaging client from Microsoft.
  • NMS
  • NSM
much {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English muche, apocopated variant of muchel, from Old English myċel, miċel, micel, from Proto-Germanic *mikilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *meǵa-, *meǵh₂- 〈*meǵh₂-〉. See also mickle, muckle. {{rel-top}} Cognate with Scots mickle, mukill, mekil, mikil, Middle Dutch mekel, Middle High German michel "great, many, much"; > German michel, Norwegian mye, mykje, Swedish mycket, Danish meget, Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌺𐌹𐌻𐍃 〈𐌼𐌹𐌺𐌹𐌻𐍃〉, Ancient Greek μέγας 〈mégas〉, Modern Greek μεγάλος 〈megálos〉. Note that English much is not related to Spanish mucho, and their resemblance in both form and meaning is purely coincidental, as mucho derives from Latin multus and is not related to the gem forms. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • /mʌtʃ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
determiner: {{head}}
  1. (obsolete) Large, great. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: Thenne launcelot vnbarred the dore / and with his lyfte hand he held it open a lytel / so that but one man myghte come in attones / and soo there came strydyng a good knyghte a moche man and large / and his name was Colgreuaunce / of Gore / and he with a swerd strake at syr launcelot myȝtely and he put asyde the stroke
  2. A large amount of. {{defdate}}
    • 1816, Jane Austen, Persuasion (novel): As it was, he did nothing with much zeal, but sport; and his time was otherwise trifled away, without benefit from books or anything else.
    • 2011, "Wisconsin and wider", The Economist, 24 February: Unless matters take a nastier turn, neither side has much incentive to compromise.
  3. (now archaic or nonstandard) A great number of; many (people). {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: ye shall not nede to seke hym soo ferre sayd the Kynge / for as I here saye sir Launcelot will abyde me and yow in the Ioyous gard / and moche peple draweth vnto hym as I here saye
    • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew VI: When Jesus was come downe from the mountayne, moch people folowed him.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula: There wasn't much people about that day.
  4. (now Caribbean, African-American) Many ( + plural countable noun). {{defdate}}
    • 1977, Bob Marley, So Much Things to Say: They got so much things to say right now, they got so much things to say.
  • is now generally used with uncountable nouns. The equivalent used with countable nouns is many. In positive contexts, much is widely avoided: I have a lot of money instead of I have much money. There are some exceptions to this, however: I have much hope for the future.
  • Unlike many determiners, is frequently modified by intensifying adverbs, as in “too much”, “very much”, “so much”, “not much”, and so on. (The same is true of .)
Synonyms: (informal) a great deal of, (informal) a lot of
  • little
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To a great extent. exampleI don't like fish much. exampleHe is much fatter than I remember him. exampleHe left her, much to the satisfaction of her other suitor.
    • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
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  2. Often; frequently. exampleDoes he get drunk much?
  • As a verb modifier in positive contexts, must be modified by another adverb: I like fish very much, I like fish so much, etc. but not *I like fish much.
  • As a comparative intensifier, many can be used instead of much if it modifies the comparative form of many, i.e. more with a countable noun: many more people but much more snow.
Synonyms: (to a great extent) (informal) a great deal, (informal) a lot, greatly, highly, (informal) loads, plenty (slang, especially US), very much
  • (to a great extent) less, little, few
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. A large amount or great extent. From those to whom much has been given much is expected.
  • {{rank}}
  • chum
much ado about nothing Alternative forms: much adoe about nothing (archaic)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A lot of fuss about something trivial.
muchly etymology much + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) very much, very
    • 1912, The Overland monthly Finally he partially unbuttoned his muchly-braided coat and drew forth a package done up neatly in white tissue paper.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Respectable girl meets after mass. Thanks awfully muchly.
    • 1958, Lee Forney Crawford, William Webb Crawford, dean of Birmingham bankers Their pleasantly risque jokes were muchly enjoyed by their set of friends.
  • Often regarded as a misconstruction of adverbial much.
mucho etymology From Spanish mucho
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (often, humorous) much; a great deal of
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muck etymology From Middle English mok, muk, from Old Norse myki, mykr (compare Icelandic mykja), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meug, *meuk (compare Welsh mign, Latin mūcus, mucere, Latvian mukls, Albanian myk, Ancient Greek mýxa 'mucus, lamp wick', mýkes 'fungus'), from *(s)meug, meuk 'to slip'. More at meek. pronunciation
  • (US) /mʌk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Slimy mud. The car was covered in muck from the rally race. I need to clean the muck off my shirt.
  2. Soft or slimy manure. {{rfquotek}}
  3. dirt; something that makes another thing dirty. What's that green muck on the floor?
  4. Anything filthy or vile. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (obsolete, derogatory) money
    • Beaumont and Fletcher the fatal muck we quarrelled for
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To shovel muck. We need to muck the stable before it gets too thick.
  2. To manure with muck.
  3. To do a dirty job.
  4. (poker, colloquial) To pass give one's cards back to the dealer.
mucker pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, southern) friend Fancy a pint, me old mucker?
  2. (slang, Northern Ireland) friend or acquaintance How's about ye mucker? = How are you?
  3. A person who removes muck (waste, debris, broken rock, etc.), especially from a mine, construction site, or stable.
  4. (archaic, derogatory) A low or vulgar labourer.
  • Mucker, in the friendly senses, is used almost exclusively by a man to another man.
Synonyms: (friend) See
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete, transitive) To scrape together (money, etc.) by mean labour or shifts. {{rfquotek}}
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muck in
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) to join in attaining a common aim If we all muck in we can get this room cleaned in next to no time.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, informal) matey; chummy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, agriculture slang) The "science" of muck around in cow manure.
mucky pronunciation
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etymology muck + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Covered in muck.
  2. (colloquial) Obscene, pornographic. a mucky magazine
quotations: (covered in muck):
  • 1991: Tell them if you want a mucky oven cleaned before the visit as special steam-cleaning equipment may be needed. Ideal Home, South Bank Publishing group
  • 1992: The mucky message carried the name of a constable at the top. — The Daily Mirror, Mirror Group Newspapers
mucky pup
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) A typically messy or dirty child or (humorously) adult.
mud {{wikipedia}} etymology Unattested in Old English; probably cognate with (or perhaps directly borrowed from) Middle Dutch modde, gml modde, mudde (Low German Mudd), (Dutch modder). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian mut. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mʌd/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mixture of water and soil or fine grained sediment.
  2. A plaster-like mixture used to texture or smooth drywall.
  3. (construction industry slang) Wet concrete as it is being mixed, delivered and poured.
  4. (figuratively) Willfully abusive, even slanderous remark or claim, notably between political opponents. The campaign issues got lost in all the mud from both parties.
  5. (slang) Money, dough, especially when proceeding from dirty business.
  6. (gay sex, slang) stool that is exposed as a result of anal sex
  7. (geology) A particle less than 62.5 micron in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
related terms:
  • muddle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make muddy, dirty
  2. (transitive) To make turbid
  3. (intransitive, Internet) To participate in a MUD, or multi-user dungeon.
    • 1997, Philip Agre, Douglas Schuler, Reinventing technology, rediscovering community (page 153) Wizards, in general, have a very different experience of mudding than other players. Because of their palpable and extensive extra powers over other players, and because of their special role in MUD society, they are frequently treated differently…
  • DMU
mud army
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) the volunteer helpers assisting the victims of the .
mudda fucka
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, slang, offensive) mother fucker.
muddlehead etymology muddle + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A stupid person. {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • muddleheaded
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mudflation {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: MUDflation etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (economics, informal) The gradual decrease in the value of existing virtual goods in a massively multiplayer online game as new goods are introduced.
mudlark {{wikipedia}} etymology From mud + lark. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmʌdlɑːk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A pig; pork.
  2. One who scavenge in river or harbor mud for items of value, especially in London during the Industrial Revolution. Also applies to a person scavenging sewers. A person that begs near a river. (rare) A sewer cleaner. (rare)
    • 1799, George Mogridge, Old Humphrey's walks in London and its neighbourhood, Religious Tract Society, page 286,, “Besides these, there were the mudlark and the scupple hunter: the former prowling about at low water, receiving in his small bag such petty packages as he could get from his dishonest friends on board; and the later sneaking about the wharves and quays, under the pretense of wanting work, to pick up everything and anything that came to hand.”
    • 1995, Isabel Fonseca, Bury Me Standing, Vintage 2007, p. 104: the children were nothing like inert: a large population of junior mudlarks, so long unwashed that you could hardly make them out, climbed among the ruins, cheerfully playing the games that all children play – pushing wheels with sticks, flipping rusty lids and bottle caps in makeshift tiddlywinks.
  3. A child who spends most of their time in the streets especially in slum areas. A child who plays in the mud. Any dirty or unkempt person.
  4. Nickname for a soldier of the Royal Engineers.
  5. Assorted birds that are found in muddy places or build their nests with mud. Especially {{taxlink}} and Alauda arvensis.
  6. (Australian) The Grallina cyanoleuca that builds its nest with mud into a bowl-like shape.
  7. A racing horse that performs well on muddy or wet tracks.
mud map
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, slang) A roughly drawn map or set of directions, especially one drawn on the ground. {{defdate}}
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 189: This was just the mud-map, just enough to make sure I did not miss the turning to the Scenic View.
mud monkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) a piece of faeces
    • 2006, When you dook in the urinal, it's bad, m'kay! How would you feel... if somebody came into your home, m'kay, pulled down their pants and laid a big mud monkey right on your mom's face? Oh you think that's funny, huh?! Yeah, that's real funny!
mud shark
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. spiny dogfish
  2. (derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A non-black person who seeks sexual relationship with black people.
    • 2008, Rachel Kushner, Telex from Cuba (page 26) The courtships were called off. The guys all joked about it afterward, said Mr. Bloussé was a nigger-lover and a mud shark.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, derogatory) A Muslim.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory, rare) informal form of Muslim
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, rare) informal form of Muslim
muff {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /mʌf/
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etymology 1 Probably from Dutch mof.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A piece of fur or cloth, usually with open ends, used for keeping the hands warm.
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. (slang) Female pubic hair; the vulva.
  3. (glassblowing) A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
  4. The feathers sticking out from both sides of the face under the beak of some birds.
  5. A short hollow cylinder surrounding an object such as a pipe.
Synonyms: whiskers, beard, muff and beard (bird feathers)
related terms:
  • muff-diver
  • muff-diving
  • muff pistol
etymology 2 Origin unknown; perhaps a specialised use of Etymology 1, above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A fool, a stupid or poor-spirited person. {{defdate}}
    • Thackeray a muff of a curate
  2. (slang, chiefly sports) An error, a mistake; a failure to hold a ball when once in the hands. {{defdate}}
  3. A bird, the whitethroat.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (sport) To drop or mishandle (the ball, a catch etc.); to play badly. {{defdate}}
  2. To mishandle; to bungle. {{defdate}}
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 69: Here was the superlative opportunity to make a generous and lasting settlement from a position of strength; but the pieds noirs, like the Israelis, and from not altogether dissimilar motives, were to muff it.
etymology 3 Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A muffin.
muff diver Alternative forms: muff-diver, muffdiver
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) One who performs cunnilingus.
    • 1958, Rolfe Humphries (tr.), (author), "The Ninth Satire: On the griefs of a career man", in , Indiana University Press, ISBN 0253200202, page 113, Why does your face have the look that Ravola’s had when they caught him, / The muff-diver, getting his beard all wet in Rhodope’s you-know?
    • 1975, Conrad Bromberg, Actors, in Actors and at Home, Dramatists Play Service, Inc., ISBN 0822200082, page 11, DAVE. I do. I’m a Jew (Goes into routine.) Marx told us nothing, Freud told us why. […] Mailer’s a mainstream muff diver, screaming, “Go down, Moses, it’ll clean your teeth!”
    • 2007, Nickolas Vassili, So Much Pleasure, So Little Pain, self-published, ISBN 1425984541, page 51, “New Yoi’kers are nothin’ more than dir-ty, fil-thy, rotten muff-divers! Do you he-ah!” Turning his head slowly, without moving his body, Ober stared at each New Yorker in turn, finishing on my corpulent presence with a deep scowl of disgust. “I’ve ne-vah known one of them who wasn’t…a dir-ty, fil-thy, rotten muff-diver! Nevah!!!”
Synonyms: cunnilinguist
muff diving Alternative forms: muff-diving
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Performing cunnilingus; that performs cunnilingus.
    • 1944, United States National Labor Relations Board, Court Decisions Relating to the National Labor Relations Act Profanity, vile name calling, including "muff diving fink" and manners ordinarily frowned upon ...
    • 2000, , Home Alone, in Girls Will Be Girls Of course Emily had doctored Esther up a little by draping a T-shirt over her that said I’D RATHER BE MUFF DIVING ...
    • 2006, Gary Phillips, The Man for the Job, in Dublin Noir This wasn’t no excursion to some all broads college with me working to get some muff diving professor and her prize pupil back with me to my room.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Cunnilingus.
    • 1991, Charles M. Wilmoth, The Drama Review, vol. 35, no 3. The Archaeology of Muff Diving.
muffin etymology The origin is unknown. pronunciation
  • /ˈmʌfɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British) A type of flattish bun, usually cut in two horizontally, toast and spread with butter, etc, before being eaten.
  2. (US) A type of individual bread such as corn, bran, banana or zucchini bread often sliced and spread with butter, etc before being eaten.
  3. (especially US) (informally) A cupcake without frosting, but sometimes glazed.
  4. (computing) A mechanism used in the analogous to the cookie mechanism and which permits a program running in a browser to perform operations on a client machine.
  5. (slang) Term of endearment. I love you, muffin!
  6. (sexual slang) A vulva.
  7. (baseball, slang) A less talented player; one who muff, or drops the ball.
  8. (slang) A charming, attractive young man. {{rfex}}
quotations: computing term
  • 2001: The name/value pairs provided by the PersistenceService are similar to browser cookies. The Java Web Start implementation honors this legacy by naming the pairs "muffins." — JNLP and Java Web Start, Sun Developer Network, Technical Articles and Tips, 30 May 2001.
the vulva
  • 1989: I wanna be stuffin’ Martha’s muffin!!!, — Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin.
Synonyms: (flattish bun): English muffin (US)
muffin top etymology From the shape of the top of a muffin (a cupcake), which bulges over the top of its paper container.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: muffin, top the top of a muffin, sometimes removed to be eaten separately.
    • 2011, Sherri Liberman, American Food by the Decades, page 134, Kellogg also expanded the brand by introducing pancakes, mini waffles, French toast, and muffin tops.
  2. (colloquial) The roll of flesh that bulge over the top of excessively tight trousers.
    • 2009, Tracy Beckerman, do you know the muffin top, Beth Feldman (editor), See Mom Run: Side-Splitting Essays from the World's Most Harried Blogging Moms, page 38, Finally, I stopped lunging and with my Baby Belly, my Bat Wings, my Muffin Top and my Banana Folds, I rolled up my yoga mat and walked to the door.
    • 2010, Guido DiErio, Fist Pump: An In-Your-Face Guide to Going Guido, page 133, You should certainly aim for shorts tight enough to accomplish two ends: constricting proper blood flow and providing a nice canvas for your muffin-top.
    • 2011, Marissa De Luna, Goa Traffic, page 95, She hated her flat hair and her muffin top that spilled ever so slightly from her jeans, and she had felt increasingly uninspired at work.
muffish etymology muff + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) stupid; awkward
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muffler bearing
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) A mythical automotive part used in jokes and to gauge how inept the other person in a conversation is about auto mechanics.
mug etymology 1560s ("bowl, pot, jug"), of unknown origin, perhaps from gmq (compare Swedish mugg, Norwegian mugge, Danish mugge), or Low German mokke, mukke, also of unknown origin. "Face" sense possibly from grotesque faces on certain drinking vessels. "Assault" sense of verb possibly from hitting someone in the face. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mʌɡ/
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  1. (archaic) Easily fool, gullible.
    • 1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, Bulldog Drummond Chapter 1 "Great heavens! Is it?" Drummond helped himself to marmalade. "And to think that I once pictured myself skewering Huns with it. Do you think anybody would be mug enough to buy it, James?"
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  1. A large cup for hot liquids, usually having a handle and used without a saucer.
  2. (slang) The face, often used deprecatingly. What an ugly mug.
  3. (slang, vulgar) A gullible or easily-cheated person. He’s a gullible mug – he believed her again.
  4. (UK, slang) A stupid or contemptible person.
Synonyms: (face) mush, (gullible person) See
  • Finnish: muki
  • Swedish: mugg
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  1. (transitive, obsolete, UK) To strike in the face.
    • 1821, The Fancy, i. p.261: Madgbury showed game, drove Abbot in a corner, but got well Mugg'd.
    • 1857, "The Leary Man", in Anglicus Ducange, The Vulgar Tongue And if you come to fibbery, You must Mug one or two,
    • 1866, London Miscellany, 5 May, p.102: "Suppose they had Mugged you?" / "Done what to me?" / "Mugged you. Slogged you, you know."
  2. (transitive) To assault for the purpose of robbery.
  3. (intransitive) To exaggerate a facial expression for communicative emphasis; to make a face, to pose, as for photographs or in a performance, in an exaggerated or affected manner. exampleThe children weren't interested in sitting still for a serious photo; they mugged for the camera.
  4. (transitive) To photograph for identification; to take a mug shot.{{R:COED2|page=1129/64}}
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  5. Learn or review a subject as much as possible in a short time; cram.
  • gum, GUM
muggle pronunciation
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etymology 1 Origin unknown. First known to come into usage in New Orleans in the mid-1920s.
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  1. (in singular or plural, dated) A marijuana cigarette; a joint.
    • 1933, "Hot Ambassador", Time Magazine, 12 June, 1933 Windy, muggle-smoking Louis Armstrong has never had patience or skill to build an orchestra of his own.
    • 1938, Mansfield News Journal (Newspaper), July 1, 1938, Mansfield, Ohio But even then "muggle" smoking does not affect along a given Pattern. […]. Case after Case in which criminals have admitted Smoking "muggles" indicates […].
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 51: "Ever smoke any muggles?" he asked me. "Man, this is some golden-leaf I brought up from New Orleans, it'll make you feel good, take a puff."
  2. (slang) hot chocolate
etymology 2 {{from:HP1}}
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  1. A person who has no magical abilities.
    • 1997, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, iv A Muggle,’ said Hagrid. ‘It’s what we call non-magic folk like them. An’ it’s your bad luck you grew up in a family o’ the biggest Muggles I ever laid eyes on.
    • 2005, Christine Wicker, Not In Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic Is Transforming America, page 194 The magical and the muggle are separated by a river, wide and deep. I could see across, but I couldn't get across, […].
    • 2007, Lesley Oldfield, "Family break a Eureka moment", Newcastle Sunday Sun (UK), Nov. 11, 2007 As it was nearing Halloween, we were able to join a potions class where we could change liquids into myriad colours with the addition of substances like dragon spit (muggle’s lemon juice).
    • 2007, Gary Thompson, "Dylan divided by six", Philadelphia Daily News, PA, Nov. 21, 2007 There's another guy playing Dylan as a formal poet facing some kind of muggle inquisition, but this is the movie's briefest and least consequential thread.
  2. (skilled or specialized groups) A person who lacks a skill or is not a member of the group. this video game won't appeal to muggles
Synonyms: (member of outgroup) see
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  1. (transitive) (in geocaching) To remove, deface or destroy a geocache.
etymology 3 unknown.
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  1. (obsolete) To be restless.
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  1. (slang, derogatory) competing in order to win trophies
mug off
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  1. (UK, slang, transitive) To cheat, swindle, dupe

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