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mug shot etymology Compound of mug + shot, US. Compare mug.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A photograph taken of the head and shoulders, often from the front and in profile, usually taken in conjunction with somebody's arrest.
  2. (UK, slang) An unflattering photograph of a person's face.
mugwump {{wikipedia}} etymology From an alg term, probably wam mugquomp. Folk etymology reinterpreted it as referring to a person who sat on the fence with mug ("face") one one side and wump ("rump") on the other, which influenced political cartoons during the .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) An independent neutral politician, especially in reference to the .
  2. (colloquial) An aloof or inconsequential person.
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , ““Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke…whom the papers are making such a fuss about.””
mugwumpery etymology mugwump + ery
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, politics, slang) The acts and views of the mugwump.
Synonyms: mugwumpism
mugwumpish etymology mugwump + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, politics, slang) Resembling or characteristic of a mugwump.
mugwumpism etymology mugwump + ism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, politics, slang) The acts and views of the mugwump.
Synonyms: mugwumpery
muhfugga etymology Bowdlerization of motherfucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (African American Vernacular English, slang, sometimes pejorative) Motherfucker.
    • 2005, Sean Patrick Harris, All Saints Day: A New Orleans Football Fairy Tale, New Orleans Stories (2005), ISBN 9780975899618, page 109: "Say man, I know you said you had more po-boys. You think you got any to spare for these muhfuggas here? We hungry."
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mulatto etymology From Spanish or Portuguese mulato, from mulo, from Latin mulus. Perhaps an allusion to the hybrid origin of mules.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, pejorative) A person of mixed African and Caucasian descent.
  2. (census) Anyone born to two half-African and half-Caucasian parents.
  3. (census) Anyone who is three quarters African and one quarter Caucasian, or one quarter African and three quarters Caucasian.
mulattress etymology From French mulâtresse, feminine of mulâtre. pronunciation
  • (UK) /mjuːˈlatɹɪs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, now considered offensive) A female mulatto, a mulatta; a woman with one black and one white parent.
    • 1970, John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York 2007, p. 70: I believe his final choice was determined less by personal preference than by compassion: it was a beautiful but modest-looking mulattress who stood in the background, protruding a pair of superb pear-shaped breasts, with her hands clasped behind her head and eyes raised soulfully to the ceiling.
mule {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /mjuːl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English (reinforced by xno mul (masculine), mule (feminine)), from Old English mūl, all from Latin mūlus, from Proto-Indo-European *mukslós (compare Late Latin muscellus 'young he-mule', Old Russian 'mule', Ancient Greek (Phocian) 'he-ass').
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A generally sterile male or female hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
  2. A generally sterile hybrid offspring of any two species of animals.
  3. A hybrid plant.
  4. (informal) A stubborn person.
  5. (slang) A person paid to smuggle drugs.
  6. (numismatics) A coin or medal mint with obverse and reverse designs not normally seen on the same piece, either intentionally or in error.
  7. (gaming) A character on an MMORPG used mainly to store extra inventory of the owner's primary character.
    • 2007, David L. McClard, Verotopia Online: The MMORPG of the Century, Xlibris (2007), ISBN 9781425772895, page 89: He was in the middle of organizing his massive stash of rare and exquisite bounty, all kept safely in the inventory cache of a mule, an entirely separate character which he paid a monthly fee to maintain exclusively for that purpose.
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Synonyms: See also
etymology 2 From Middle French mule, from Latin mulleus calceus, from mullus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A shoe that has no fitting or strap around the heel, but which covers the foot.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang)A mule driver.
Synonyms: muleteer
etymology 1 Gaelic maolag, a hornless cow, from maol, bald, hornless, blunt. Alternative forms: moolley, mulley
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of cattle or deer) Without horn.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) mule deer
mulga {{wikipedia}} etymology From kld malga. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmʌlɡə/
  • /ˈməʉlɡə/[ˈmɔʊlɡɐ] (Australian)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia) Any of a number of small acacia trees, especially {{taxlink}}, forming dense scrub in dry inland areas of Australia.
    • 1981, Joseph Michael Forshaw, William T. Cooper, Australian Parrots, [http//|%22mulgas%22+-intitle:%22mulga%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mulga%22|%22mulgas%22+-intitle:%22mulga%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KiO2T8WlL8KtiAeIr_z_CA&redir_esc=y page 246], Ford (1969) points out that it is distributed from southern Northern Territory and northern South Australia west through mulga country of the Gibson and Great Victoria Deserts to the coast of Western Australia.
    • 1983, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock, The Queensland Journal of Agriculture and Animal Science, Volumes 40-42, [http//|%22mulgas%22+-intitle:%22mulga%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mulga%22|%22mulgas%22+-intitle:%22mulga%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KiO2T8WlL8KtiAeIr_z_CA&redir_esc=y page 68], This paper describes a preliminary field experiment designed to examine the effect of supplementing sheep fed mulga with several proprietary licks and a more comprehensive field experiment to evaluate the effect of the most promising lick fed with cottonseed meal.
    • 1996, Lynn Baker, Mingkiri: A Natural history of Ulu−ru by the Mu−titjulu Community, [http//|%22mulgas%22+-intitle:%22mulga%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mulga%22|%22mulgas%22+-intitle:%22mulga%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=KiO2T8WlL8KtiAeIr_z_CA&redir_esc=y page 26], There are several different types of mulga, and Anangu know the different food which comes from them. For example, insects make a thing like a small apple on the pakuta (horse mulga). This one is good to eat but there is another one on a different sort of mulga which is not edible.
    • 2002, Brad Collis, CSIRO (Australia), Fields of Discovery: Australia′s CSIRO, [http//|%22mulgas%22+-intitle:%22mulga%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7zy2T6u-Ic6uiQeypIyQCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mulga%22|%22mulgas%22%20-intitle%3A%22mulga%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 15], The return of mulgas, native grasses and other shrubs was finally giving wildlife researchers some hope that numerous animals on the endangered species list might yet be saved if their ecosystems could be restored.
  2. (Australia, colloquial, in combination) The outback.
    • 1901, Jack Mathieu, ‘That Day at Boiling Downs’, Australian Ballads & Short Stories, Penguin 2003, p. 263: I'd forgotten for a moment you are not all mulga-bred [...].
  3. Something made from the wood of a mulga tree.
  4. A mulga wire.
mulierast etymology Coined to contrast with pederast. See Latin mulier.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, humorous) A man who is attracted to women; a heterosexual man.
mull pronunciation
  • (UK) /mʌl/
  • (US) /ml̩/
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etymology 1
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; usually with over. to mull a thought or a problem he paused to mull over his various options before making a decision
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5 It was the germ of a thought, which, however, was destined to mull around in his conscious and subconscious mind until it resulted in magnificent achievement.
  2. To powder; to pulverize.
  3. To chop marijuana so that it becomes a smokable form.
  4. To heat and spice something, such as wine.
  5. To join two or more individual window at mullion.
  6. To dull or stupefy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thin, soft muslin.
  2. (uncountable) Marijuana that has been chopped to prepare it for smoking.
  3. A stew of meat, broth, milk, butter, vegetables, and seasonings, thickened with soda crackers.
  4. The gauze used in bookbinding to adhere a text block to a book's cover.
  5. An inferior kind of madder prepared from the smaller roots or the peelings and refuse of the larger.
Synonyms: See also
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland) A promontory. the Mull of Kintyre
  2. A snuffbox made of the small end of a horn.
etymology 3 Probably related to mould.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. dirt; rubbish {{rfquotek}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (British, slang) Drunk.
    • I wanna go again: memories of travel, youth, love and camel dung, Joe Best,, 9780954813376, “The other side of Rich, which helped balance him out, was that he loved going out and getting absolutely mullered, where he would totally lose the plot - Which I presume was a form of escapism from his carefully planned daily life.”, 2005
    • 2006, Gordon Ramsay, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen (ISBN: 978-0-06-119198-5), pages 81-82: It was a Saturday night. We NEVER had a Saturday night off. So we went to the Hammersmith Palais and we got absolutely mullered'. The next night, we all piled off to a pub called the Sussex.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of muller
mullet {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈmʌlɪt/, /ˈmʌlət/
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etymology 1 {{wikispecies}} From Old French mulet (now ‘grey mullet’), from Latin mullus, from Ancient Greek μύλλος 〈mýllos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fish of the family Mugilidae (the grey mullet).
  2. A fish of the family Mullidae, especially the genus Mullus, (the {{vern}}s).
Synonyms: haarder, springer
etymology 2 Or mullethead, possibly derived from the fish (see Etymology 1) or from mull (meaning to stupefy) though neither is certain.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fool
etymology 3 Apparently coined (and popularized) by hip hop group the .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hairstyle where the hair is kept short on the top and sides and long at the back.
    • 1994, Beastie Boys "Mullet Head" – Mullet head, don't touch the back – Cut the sides, don't touch the back
    • 2008, Danielle Corsetto, Girls With Slingshots 406 – Maybe it's a curly fro. – Maybe every day is bad hair day! – Maybe it's a mullet!
  2. (slang) A person who mindlessly follows a fad, a trend, or a leader.
The hairstyle sense is particularly associated with the working class or even bad taste. Synonyms: hockey hair
etymology 4 From Old French molette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heraldiccharge) A star with straight edges and usually with five or six points.
coordinate terms:
  • estoile
mullethead etymology mullet + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) fool, idiot
    • 2010, Mark Zimmerman, How to Restore Your Motorcycle (page 72) I bought a very nice Saab because some mullethead used half a tube or more of blue silicone seal to glue on a transmission cover.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. alternative form of muley
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A hornless or polled animal.
  2. (UK, dialect, childish) A cow.
    • Tusser Leave milking and dry up old mulley, thy cow.
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mulligan car
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, obsolete) a cantina wagon located on a wagon or railcar at a lumber camp
(lumber camp) This piece of slang was used in the lumber camps of northern Michigan. The Gazette (Montreal), [ "Watchwords: Montreal and the first mulligan"], Mark Abley, Friday 6 June 2014
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) colic
  2. (slang) sullenness; sulky behaviour
etymology 1 Shortening of multituberculate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, paleontology) A multituberculate.
    • 1996, Michael Novacek, Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, p. 316: Our Mesozoic antecedents are typified by small size; even the largest of the multis are not larger than a groundhog.
etymology 2 < multifasciatus
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Neolamprologus multifasciatus small shell-dwelling cichlid endemic to Lake Tanganyika, popular as aquarium fish
multicolour yawn
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, jocular) Vomit; an act of vomiting.
    • 2006, Ian Shenton, The Trouble with Plants: Tales of Trivia and Tribulation from an English Garden, [http//|%22multicolour+yawns%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Vz23T57VHeGAmQWFw8WyCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22multicolour%20yawn%22|%22multicolour%20yawns%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 80], Consequently, to brighten up a shady spot in the front garden we have recently added ‘Harlequin’, its green foliage splashed generously with white, though hopefully not to be splashed generously with a multicolour yawn.
Synonyms: chunder, liquid laugh, pavement pizza technicolour yawn
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Canada, informal) multicultural
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) multicultural
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) One who pushes multicultural beliefs and values in a politically correct way.
    • 1992, Lingua franca: the review of academic life: Volume 3 Tired of the endless battle between liberals and identity politicians, Western civvies and multicultis?
    • 2010, Sam Cherribi, In the House of War: Dutch Islam Observed (page 167) She claimed the Labour Party had been "hijacked by Muslims and multicultis"…
Multicultural London English {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. An English sociolect peculiar to modern-day London, being a mixture of Cockney, Jamaican, West African, and Indian accents and dialects.
Synonyms: Jafaican (informal), MLE
Multikulti {{wikipedia}} etymology From German Multikulturalismus. Originated with the German progressive movements of the 1970s and 1980s.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) multiculturalism
multimediocrity etymology {{blend}}, used in the early 1990s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, computing, rare) A multimedia CD-ROM or other multimedia release in which the quality of the product is mediocre.
multishirk etymology multi + shirk by analogy to multitask
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, neologism) To do more than one non-work activity at once.
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of a building) Having more than one storey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A building with more than one storey.
multituberculate etymology From multi + tuberculate.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (zoology, of teeth) Having molar with multiple rows of cusp.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of a small group of rodent-like mammal, of the order Multituberculata, from the Cretaceous and Paleocene periods.
Synonyms: (informal) multi
mum Alternative forms: mam, mom, Mom (US), Mum pronunciation
  • /mʌm/
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etymology 1 Alternative form of mam, or an abbreviation of mummy. Compare mom, mama.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, Canada, New England, informal) Mother.
    • 1993, Hilda Hollingsworth, Places of Greater Safety, Zenobia Press edition, [http//|%22mums%22+-intitle:%22mum|mums%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hEa3T5WXO4zGmQXJ-YHGAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mum%22|%22mums%22%20-intitle%3A%22mum|mums%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 278], 'Ooh Mum, Auntie don′t allow smokin’ - Pat′s eyes were round with awe as Mum struck a match.
    • 2004, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2, [http//|%22mums%22+-intitle:%22mum|mums%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5563T7CzGoLAiQfJpdSDCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mum%22|%22mums%22%20-intitle%3A%22mum|mums%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 336], Her mum says that she is deaf and only partially sighted, so I need to go and stand in front of her, so she can see the gift.
    • 2006, , , [http//|%22mums%22+-intitle:%22mum|mums%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sou3T5iWB7DNmQXV0eDXCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mum%22|%22mums%22%20-intitle%3A%22mum|mums%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 88], “Mum! Mum!” he shouted out. The laughter stopped. Two bright, sparkling yellow eyes peeped from the hollow. Atop her head were the fluffy ear tufts that his mum was so proud of because they were fuller and lovelier than those of most Great Horned Owls. It was indeed his mum!
    • 2011, Chyna, FAM: Rolling in a London Girl Gang, [http//|%22mums%22+-intitle:%22mum|mums%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sou3T5iWB7DNmQXV0eDXCQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mum%22|%22mums%22%20-intitle%3A%22mum|mums%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], He′s looking at my mum, at her swollen eyes, busted nose and bloodied lips. She′s mashed up something chronic, and the man who did this to her is my dad.
  2. (dated) A term of respect for an older woman.
    • 1840, , , Volume 1, 1851, [http//|%22mums%22+-intitle:%22mum|mums%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hEa3T5WXO4zGmQXJ-YHGAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mum%22|%22mums%22%20-intitle%3A%22mum|mums%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 130], “Wy, mum,” said Mr. Weller, “I don′t think you′ll see a many sich, and that′s the truth. But if my son Samivel vould give me my vay, mum, and dis-pense with his—might I wenter to say the vurd?” “What word Mr Weller?” said the housekeeper, blushing slightly. “Petticuts, mum,” returned that gentleman, laying his had upon the garments of his grandson. “If my son Samivel vould only dis-pense vith these here, you′d see sich a alteration in his appearance, as the imagination can′t depicter!”
    • 1885, , , 2011, [http//|%22mums%22+-intitle:%22mum|mums%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hEa3T5WXO4zGmQXJ-YHGAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mum%22|%22mums%22%20-intitle%3A%22mum|mums%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Then she took off the hank and looked me straight in the face, and very pleasant, and says: “Come, now, what′s your real name? “Wh -- what, mum?” “What′s your real name? Is it Bill, or Tom, or Bob? -- Or what is it?”
Mum is only capitalized when used as a proper noun:
  • I don't think Mum will like you.
  • I don't think my mum will like you.
  • In New England, the word may still be spelt "mom", but it will have the pronunciation of "mum."
Synonyms: See also
etymology 2 Abbreviation of chrysanthemum.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A chrysanthemum.
etymology 3 From Middle English mum or mom, reminiscent of the sound made when gagged or with a hand over one's mouth. Perhaps related to German Mumme.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) silent.
    • Shakespeare The citizens are mum, and speak not a word.
  2. (colloquial) secret.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. stop speaking! hush!
    • Shakespeare Mum, then, and no more.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to act in a pantomime or dumb show
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) silence {{rfquotek}}
etymology 4 German Mummere, named after Christian Mumme, who first brewed it in 1492.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sort of strong beer, originally made in Brunswick, Germany. {{rfquotek}} The clamorous crowd is hushed with mugs of mum. — Alexander Pope.
  • MMU
  • umm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Mumbled or imprecise remarks, especially remarks which are trivial or unreliable.
    • 2001 April 18, KPJ (, "Re: Made in China," mail archive at (retrieved 10 June 2014): As to the mumblage on "race", since there exists no well defined meaning of the word, depending on how one defines it, one can imagine a group which will prove one's point, whichever one wishes to prove.
    • 2005 May 8, Citizen Arcane, ""Number Nine, Number Nine, Number Nine"," (retrieved 10 June 2014): Mostly idiotic mumblage about how Paul McCartney was dead and had been replaced by a robot.
    • 2006 Jan. 16, Richard Cleis (rcleis at, "[plt-scheme] Diagrams," (retrieved 10 June 2014): We are in the cross-hairs of a customer who has accepted our original flawcharts and mumblage (which I pursued with bewilderment), so for my own conscience I would like to complete the project with something that is 'right.'
    • 2007 Sept. 20, John Bode, "C/C++ guidelines," (retrieved 10 June 2014): If all you've been given is some mumblage about "portability", ask the dipstick who's telling you to do this to provide you with solid numbers.
    • 2008 Jan. 3, Richard Teer, "RE: avr-lib-c-extentions library," Discussion of development of avr-libc / (retrieved 10 June 2014): Most of the other legalese mumblage is about patent protection and so on.
    • 2012 Dec. 15, "Cheap Sheepskin," Blog: Simple Country Physicist (retrieved 10 June 2014): I get some vague mumblage about charging more for folks who major in things that aren’t something such as anthropology, arts or theater.
  • Often used in context involving computing.
Synonyms: muttering (noun)
mummy {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /ˈmʌmi/
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etymology 1 From xno mumie, from Middle French momie, from Malayalam mumia, from Arabic مومياء 〈mwmyạʾ〉, from Persian مومیا 〈mwmy̰ạ〉, from موم 〈mwm〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, medicine, now historical) A substance used in medicine, prepared from mummified flesh. {{defdate}}
    • 1978, Benjamin Walker, Encyclopedia of Metaphysical Medicine, Routledge 1978, p. 253: Yet another scatological medicament was obtained from mummy, the material derived from a dried or embalmed human corpse, the most valuable being that imported from Mizraim (ancient Egypt).
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 360: Nonetheless, his book advertises many Paracelsian remedies, including laudanum, mummy, antimony and mercury.
  2. (now rare) A pulp. {{defdate}}
    • 1837, Mathew Carey, Vindiciae Hibernicae (page 116) You may beat them to a mummy, you may put them upon the rack, you may burn them on a gridiron, … yet you will never remove them from that innate fidelity …
  3. An embalm corpse wrapped in linen bandages for burial, especially as practised by the ancient Egyptian. {{defdate}}
    • 1832, Royal Society (Great Britain), Abstracts of The Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, From 1800 to 1830 inclusive, Volume 1: 1800-1814, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0pO4T5-SJayXiAfXm5j5CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22%20-intitle%3A%22mummy|mummies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 201], … Mr. Pearson proceeds to give a particular description of the very perfect mummy of an Ibis, which forms the chief subject of the present paper.
    • 2008, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen,, Mysteries Unwrapped: The Real Monsters, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0pO4T5-SJayXiAfXm5j5CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22%20-intitle%3A%22mummy|mummies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 2], Many people believed in the curse of the mummy, and soon, the curse had become an accepted part of Tut′s legend.
  4. Any naturally preserved human or animal body. {{defdate}}
  5. (obsolete, horticulture) A sort of wax used in graft. {{defdate}}
  6. (now rare) A brown pigment obtained from bitumen, also called mummy brown. {{defdate}}
  7. Specifically, a reanimated embalmed human corpse, as a typical character in horror films. {{defdate}}
    • 2007, S. T. Joshi, Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares, Volume 1, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0pO4T5-SJayXiAfXm5j5CA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22%20-intitle%3A%22mummy|mummies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 376], For many, mummies fascinate more than repel. Our horrific connotations lie not so much with the mummy itself, but in associated fears. The mummy serves, of course, as a general reminder of our own mortality and our fear of death, but this alone is not enough to make it a monster.
related terms:
  • mummification
  • mummiform
  • mummify
  • mummia
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated, transitive) To mummify.
etymology 2 Diminutive of mum, related to mom and mommy, from mother.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, usually, childish) A child's term for mother.
    • 1926, , , Volume 198, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LaO4T8rmK8y8iAfE06TaCA&redir_esc=y page 9], “Oh, mummy, would you like the loveliest daughter-in-law in the world? Oh, mummy, I must marry Flora Dewsley. But I know I am not nearly good enough, mummy. She knows nothing of the world and its wickedness, and I — Well, mummy, at school, a fellow learns everything. And no man is perfect, is he, mummy?…”
    • 1927, , Volume 155, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0pO4T5-SJayXiAfXm5j5CA&redir_esc=y page 188], Meeting mummy after this visit was not exactly easy.
    • 2003, , , 2010, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LaO4T8rmK8y8iAfE06TaCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22%20-intitle%3A%22mummy|mummies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], “…What′s your problem, you little shit? Proud of yourself, for ruining Mummy′s life?” I was careful to use the insipid falsetto the experts commend. “You′ve got Daddy snowed, but Mummy′s got your number. You're a little shit, aren′t you?″
    • 2004, Dennis Child, Psychology and the Teacher, Continuum International Publishing, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3au4T9GaBoyhiQfIjJ2QCQ&redir_esc=y page 91], ‘…We have to ask mummy if we can go to Rajah′s mummy′s house (Rajah′s mummy is the owner of the dog). We can if mummy says “yes”.…’
    • 2009, , , 2010, [http//|%22mummies%22+-intitle:%22mummy|mummies%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LaO4T8rmK8y8iAfE06TaCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mummy%22|%22mummies%22%20-intitle%3A%22mummy|mummies%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Darla stared at her father and said, Mummy, Mummy, Mummy! Marjorie wheezed and said, Father. You. Are. Filthy! Joe said Daddy′s muddy! Daddy′s muddy! Darla stared at the darkened doorway where Howard stood, saying, Mummy, Mummy, Mummy, each time a little louder, each time a bit more shrilly,….
Alternative forms: mommy (US)
mummy track
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The path chosen by a female employee who elects to leave full-time work in order to have a baby.
related terms:
  • tenure track
mumpreneur Alternative forms: mompreneur (North American) etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A mother who works as a business entrepreneur in addition to her family commitment.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) suffering from mumps
    • 1995, Thomas Keneally, A river town An awful struggle for Primrose. Her chin stretched up above a mumpy neck. Sister Raymond put a wet cloth on her forehead, dribbled some water across her mouth.
  2. (informal) swelling; resembling mumps
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Characteristic of a mum; motherly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (affectionate) mum, mother
munch etymology Possibly imitative of chewing noises, perhaps influenced by (or even from) Old French mengier. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To chew with a grinding, crunching sound—often used with on.
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    exampleJim was munching on a biscotti.
  2. To eat vigorous or with excitement.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleWatching old Bill munch his pancakes makes me hungry!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A location or restaurant where good eating can be expected.
    • Sally is having a breakfast munch at her place!
  2. An act of eating. We had a good munch at the chippy.
  3. (uncountable, slang) food.
  4. (BDSM) A casual meeting for those interested in BDSM, usually at a restaurant. See Munch (BDSM).
    • 1996, "peh^ - the prat with the hat", What is a "Munch"? (on newsgroup And thanks to the stunning paxie for getting it all together and creating the best munch ever in the history of munches. :)
    • 2000, "Anton", BDSM parties and munches (on newsgroup alt.sadistic) does anyone know any BDSM parties and munches, in greece???
related terms:
  • muncher
  • munchies
munchies pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈmʌntʃiz/
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) Food, especially convenience snack foods.
  2. (slang) Hunger, especially a craving for food as a result of cannabis or alcohol consumption. I've got the munchies.
munchkin etymology Coined by L. Frank Baum in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Perhaps reflective of munch + kin. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈmʌnʃkɪn/
  • (US) /ˈmʌntʃkɪn/
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A child.
    • 2006, Michelle LaRowe, Nanny to the Rescue!: Straight Talk & Super Tips for Parenting in the Early Years, Thomas Nelson (2006), ISBN 9780849912320, page 124: Picture this: your child begins his first day of group childcare, and he is suddenly surrounded by other munchkins his age {{…}}
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  2. (informal) A person of very short stature.
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  3. alternative form of Munchkin (domestic cat breed)
  4. (gaming) A player who mainly concentrates on increasing their character's power and capabilities.
Synonyms: (child) see also , (small person) dwarf, lilliputian, pygmy, tiddler
munchy etymology munch + y
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A snack.
    • 2010, Jinna Dodds, Light Song (page 64) “I just stocked up the fridge with pop and there's candy bars in the cabinet, if you need a munchy.”
    • 2007, Cindy McClure, Mystery Under the Magnolia Tree (page 53) They left together, and as they were buckling into the Blazer, his father asked, “ Do you want to tell me now or go to The CoffeeHouse and get a munchy first?”
mundane etymology From Old French mondain, from ll mundanus, from Latin mundus. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. worldly, earthly, profane, vulgar as opposed to heavenly
  2. Pertaining to the Universe, cosmos or physical reality, as opposed to the spiritual world.
    • 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2): Amongst mundane bodies, six there are that do perpetually move, and they are the six Planets; of the rest, that is, of the Earth, Sun, and fixed Stars, it is disputable which of them moveth, and which stands still.
  3. ordinary; not new
  4. tedious; repetitive and boring
Synonyms: (of the earth) worldly, (ordinary, tedious) banal, boring, commonplace, everyday, routine, workaday, jejune
  • heavenly
  • arcane
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An unremarkable, ordinary human being.
  2. (slang, derogatory, in various subcultures) A person considered to be "normal", part of the mainstream culture, outside the subculture, not part of the elite group.
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    • 1996, "Angel of Death", furries vs. mundanes (discussion on Internet newsgroup Some people just think your {{SIC}} a sicko or something for enjoying the art. I know that alot {{SIC}} of the time, I would rather see some nice nude furrygirls instead of pictures of nude mundanes.
  3. (fandom slang) The world outside fandom; the normal, mainstream world.
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Synonyms: (ordinary person) See , (mainstream person) See
  • unnamed
mung {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: moong, munge
etymology 1 From Tamil முங்கு 〈muṅku〉, from Sanskrit मुद्ग 〈mudga〉. pronunciation
  • /mʊŋ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of small bean.
  2. The mung bean, cultivated for its sprout, Vigna radiata or {{taxlink}}.
etymology 2 Possibly from Mash Until No Good, or a self referencing acronym, Mung Until No Good. Rumored to have originated from one of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer groups in the 1970s or 1980s. pronunciation {{rfap}}
  • (US) /mʌŋ/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing, informal) To make repeated changes to a file or data which individually may be reversible, yet which ultimately result in an unintentional irreversible destruction of large portions of the original data.
  2. (by extension, informal) to destroy
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) The bonnet monkey.
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Food
munge Alternative forms: mung
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, computing, informal) To transform data in an undefined or unexplained manner.
    • 2011, Brian Knight, Ketan Patel, Wayne Snyder, Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration As a part of the code review with the development team, notify them that you want to have these options as a part of the installation script, rather than you munging the installation scripts during deployment.
  2. (transitive, computing, informal) To add a spamblock to (an email address).
    • 1998, Alan Schwartz, Simson Garfinkel, Stopping spam Munging is effective — it prevents unwanted email from reaching you by keeping your real email address out of the clutches of the address-harvesting programs.
  3. (transitive, genealogy, informal) To corrupt a record about an individual by erroneously merging in information about another individual. It looks like this record is munged—it has this person's birth date, but his father's death date
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (finance, informal) municipal bond
munitionette etymology From munition + ette. pronunciation
  • (UK) /mjʊnɪʃəˈnɛt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, colloquial, now historical) A female worker in a munition factory, especially during the First World War. {{defdate}}
    • 1991, Pat Barker, Regeneration, Penguin 2014 (The Regeneration Trilogy), p. 119: Since they all had a slightly yellow tinge to their skin, he assumed they were munitions workers. Munitionettes, as the newspapers liked to call them.
Synonyms: canary girl
Munro bagger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, sometimes, derogatory) A mountaineer who aims to climb as many of the Munro (Scottish mountains higher than 3,000 feet) as possible.
    • 1993, Andy McSmith, John Smith: playing the long game (page 218) Also, among party employees, being a Scot or a Munro-bagger, or both, is a good path to promotion.
related terms:
  • Munro bagging
munt pronunciation
  • (UK) /mʌnt/
etymology 1 Derived from umntu, Ndebele for a human being.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Rhodesia, slang, originally military, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur) A black person, usually a man.
    • 2006, Geoffrey Nyarota, Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Zimbabwean Newsman, Zebra Press, page 63: Munt was a derogatory term used by the [Rhodesian] security forces to refer to blacks. I suspect its origin was the word umntu, Ndebele for a person or human being
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, slang) To vomit (usually while drunk).
etymology 3 {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) mangina
munted etymology {{rfe}} Possibly etymologies:
  • various Germanic languages munter or muntar: Merry.
  • Gaelic: mùin meaning to piss. Munted thus is analogous with "pissed".
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) Drunk.
    • 2008, Robert Merrick, Guilt-Edged Seduction ...he might even, if it was okay with Roly, bring a couple of cans of lager to drink: "Only two though, I don't wanna get munted and useless..."
    • 2008, Dave Franklin, English Toss on Planet Andong Paul began to walk home, looking for a taxi. Michael called. "Hey, it's my birthday, dude! Let's get munted!"
  2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Intoxicated (by drugs or alcohol).
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, by extension) Damaged or unusable.
    • 2011, Bob Parker, Mayor of Christchurch, to TVNZ (wryly) following a severe earthquake: ..."Our main sewer [trunk] is seriously munted ... I believe that is the technical term." | NZ Herald on line edition, 22-25 February 2011 (see 09:46)
related terms:
  • munter
munter etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, pejorative) An ugly person I'm never going to date her; she's a right munter.
  2. (New Zealand, slang) A person often impaired by alcohol or recreational drugs He's a real munter; He was really munted at the party.
Synonyms: (ugly woman) minger, ugly duckling
related terms:
  • munt
  • munted
etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (architecture) alternative form of muntin
etymology 2 Apparently from munter + -ing.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK slang, rare) Ugly.
    • 2009,, messageboards 15 Apr 2009: how the freak did "that" get pregnant she was totally munting!!!!!
    • 2009,, messageboards, 21 Mar 2009: Other thing is, does anyone here have the mud flaps on their Twingo, or are they completely munting, cause I was considering getting them cause I did have them on my current car, and love the fact that my bumpers don't get all dirty and muddy in the bottom corners
muppet etymology From Muppet, perhaps suggesting that the person needs to be directed by others, or is ridiculous. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmʌpɪt/, /ˈmʌpɛt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australian, NZ, slang, pejorative) An incompetent or foolish person. Sally is such a muppet, the way she always misses the train.
muppetry etymology muppet + ry
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, pejorative) The behaviour of a muppet; foolish incompetence.
murder {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English murder, murdre, mourdre "murder", alteration of earlier murthre (see murther) from Old English morþor and Old English myrþra, both from Proto-Germanic *murþrą, from Proto-Indo-European *mrtro-, from Proto-Indo-European *mer-, *mor-, *mr-. Akin to Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌸𐍂 〈𐌼𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌸𐍂〉, Old High German mord, Old Norse morð, Old English myrþrian and morþ. The -d- in the Middle English form may have been influenced in part by xno murdre, from Malayalam murdrum from Old French murdre, from frk *murþra, from the same gem root, though this may also have wholly been the result of internal development (compare burden, from burthen). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmɜː(ɹ)də(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈmɝdɚ/, [ˈmɚɾɚ]
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) An act of deliberate killing of another being, especially a human. exampleThere have been ten unsolved murders this year alone.
    • 1927, [ F. E. Penny] , 4, [ Pulling the Strings] , “The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.”
    • 1984, Humphrey Carpenter, Mari Prichard, The Oxford companion to children's literature, page 275: It may be guessed, indeed, that this was the original form of the story, the fairy being the addition of those who considered Jack's thefts from (and murder of) the giant to be scarcely justified without her.
    • 2003, Paul Ruditis, Star Trek Voyager: Companion (ISBN 0743417518), page 131: Captain Sulu, who served under the legendary James T. Kirk for many years, disobeys Starfleet orders in order to try and help Kirk and another old shipmate, Dr. McCoy, who have been imprisoned for the murder of the Klingon chancellor.
    • 2011, Carlene Brennen, Hemingway's Cats (ISBN 1561644897), page 161: Dr. Herrera also knew Hemingway had held Batista's army personally responsible for the brutal murders of his dogs, Blackie (Black Dog) and Machakos.
  2. (uncountable) The crime of deliberate killing of another human. exampleThe defendant was charged with murder.
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  3. (uncountable, legal, in jurisdictions which use the felony murder rule) The commission of an act which abets the commission of a crime the commission of which causes the death of a human.
  4. (uncountable, used as a predicative noun) Something terrible to endure. exampleThis headache is murder.
  5. (countable) A group of crow; the collective noun for crows.
    • 0517598493, page 108, “For his part, Melchior was growing unhappy with the murder of crows. They had been patiently following Arthur for hours, trailing him from town to country.”
    • 0064408655, page 76 , “Without the murder of crows roosting in its branches, Nevermore Tree looked as bare as a skeleton.”
  • Adjectives often applied to "murder": atrocious, attempted, brutal, cold-blooded, double, heinous, horrible, premeditated, triple, terrible, unsolved.
Synonyms: (act of deliberate killing) homicide, manslaughter, assassination, (group of crows) flock
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To deliberately kill (a person or persons). The woman found dead in her kitchen was murdered by her husband.
  2. (transitive, sports, figuratively, colloquial) To defeat decisive. Our team is going to murder them.
  3. To botch or mangle.
  4. (figuratively, colloquial) To kick someone's ass or chew someone out (used to express one’s anger at somebody). He's torn my best shirt. When I see him, I'll murder him!
  5. (figuratively, colloquial, British) to devour, ravish. I could murder a hamburger right now.
Synonyms: (deliberately kill) assassinate, kill, massacre, slaughter, (defeat decisively) thrash, trounce, wipe the floor with, (express one’s anger at) kill
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murderer etymology murder + er pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who commits murder.
    • 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde It was two o'clock when she came to herself and called for the police. The murderer was gone long ago; but there lay his victim in the middle of the lane, incredibly mangled. The stick with which the deed had been done, although it was of some rare and very tough and heavy wood, had broken in the middle under the stress of this insensate cruelty
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
Synonyms: See also
coordinate terms:
  • murderess
related terms:
  • murder
  • murderess
  • demurrer
murder one
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) murder in the first degree.
murr pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mɜr/
    • (UK) [mɜː(ɹ)]
    • (US) [mɝ]
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etymology 1 Origin uncertain. Perhaps imitative.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A catarrh. {{defdate}}
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III.12: With them a Phthysique or consumption of the lungs is but an ordinary cough: A dysentery or bloody flux but a distemper of the stomacke; A pleurisie but a cold or murre; and as they gently name them so they easily endure them.
    • John Skelton The woodhack that singeth 'chur', / Hoarsely, as he had the murr
etymology 2 Imitative.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (onomatopoeia, colloquial, furry fandom) A purr (produced by any animal).
    • 2003 March 30, "NallTWD" (username), FUR: "Boston Blues" (M/F- Lions), in fur.stories.erotica, Usenet: Raion let out a contented murr, …
    • 2004, "Claudia" (username), STORY: The Three Sisters, part 8 ( Transform, Girl into Horse ), in, Usenet: Cathy rroww'ed like a cat in heat as her tom mated her, her breasts pressed deeply into the mattress, orgasming with a contented murr as the tom fertilized her …
    • 2007, Teiran, The Hero, page 150: The hyena let out a soft murr as the fox's paw gently rubbing in small circles across his forehead and down his neck. The gentle scratching felt good, so the hyena leaned into the paw.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (onomatopoeia, colloquial, of a person or animal, furry fandom) To purr.
    • 1989, Dawn Borrelli, Kate, page 101: The cat murred and purred and tried to lick his face and David was filled with such happiness. All the doubts and misgivings of the past few hours fled and all that he knew was that Kate, his love and his life, was back with him.
    • 1995 January 5, "Anne-Lise Pasch" (username), STORY: Retribution, in, Usenet: She murred in satisfaction.
    • 2002, September 2, "sahd_ryoken" (username), *murrs* no shirt, jean shorts, and one hot dragon, in, Usenet
Murraymania etymology Murray + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for the British tennis player Andy Murray.
    • 2005, "topspin", Is Sania Mirza the real deal? (on newsgroup As for the stuff going on around her - we have Murraymania here in the UK, but it must pale into significance with what she has to carry.
musclebound Alternative forms: muscle-bound etymology From muscle + bound "held"
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having pronounced muscle development through weightlifting, bodybuilding, or other physical exercise.
  2. (pejorative) Having excessive muscle.
  3. (figuratively) Ungainly as a result of muscle over-development.
  • The term musclebound is most often used as a derogatory term. It originated from an erroneous belief that large-muscled men were not as flexible, fast, or physically capable as men who developed their muscles through more traditional athletics. While this might be true in some cases, someone who is inactive and doesn't partake in sports will generally be less flexible. It sometimes carries a connotation of mental or cultural inferiority, in the belief that persons who spend the time necessary to develop a muscular physique must sacrifice time spent developing mental or artistic talent.
  • At the same time it has to be acknowledged that top international sportsmen such as tennis or soccer stars do not typically look similar to the pin-ups in mens' body-building magazines. Often they will appear relatively light in build despite having enormous power and endurance.
musclebrain etymology From muscle + brain
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US) A person who actively participates in physical sports, possibly highly skilled in sports, but does not do well in academic activities, like math and science
  2. (US, slang, pejorative) A large, strong, but inept, bumbling, buffoon or unintelligent man
Synonyms: (participant in physical sports) athlete, (idiot) bruiser, dumbbell, moron, buffoon, dimwit, pinhead, meathead, birdbrain, peabrain, goon, dummy, dipstick, idiot
musclehead etymology muscle + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A large and muscular man, especially one interested in bodybuilding.
Synonyms: musclebrain, meathead
muscle Mary
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A homosexual man who works to maintain a muscular physique.
muscular etymology Borrowed from Latin mūsculāris in the 17th century. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmʌs.kjə.lə/, /ˈmʌs.kjʊ.lə/
  • (US) /ˈmʌs.kjə.lɚ/, /ˈmʌs.kju.lɚ/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, relating to, or connected with muscle.
    • 1912, , A Princess of Mars, chapter 2 It was an effort of the mind, of the will, of the nerves; not muscular, for I could not move even so much as my little finger, but none the less mighty for all that.
  2. Brawny, thewy, having strength.
    • 1843, , , Stave Two The arms were very long and muscular; the hands the same, as if its hold were of uncommon strength.
  3. Having large, well-developed muscles.
  4. (figurative) Strong, robust.
    • 2014 June 9, Samanth Subramanian, "India After English?" (blog post), Future prime ministers may struggle to replicate the sort of muscular countrywide support that Modi was able to earn.
Synonyms: (of or relating to muscles) myo-, (having strength) athletic, beefy, brawny, husky, lusty, muscled, muscly, powerful, strapping, strong, (having well-developed muscles) beefy, brawny, heavily muscled, husky, musclebound, muscled, muscly, powerfully built, well-built
related terms:
  • muscularity
  • musculature
museum piece
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a very old item. Jim's car is a real museum piece.
  2. (informal) an obsolete form of technology A Sinclair Spectrum is now just a museum piece.
etymology 1 Probably a variant of mash, or from a dialectal variant of Middle English mos &quot;mush, pulp, porridge&quot;; compare Middle English appelmos, from Old English mōs, from Proto-Germanic *mōsą, from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- 〈*meh₂d-〉. Cognate with Scots moosh, Dutch moes, German Mus, Swedish mos. See also moose. pronunciation
  • (British) {{enPR}}, /mʌʃ/
  • (US) /mʊʃ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A mess, often of food; a soft or semisolid substance. Mom said to add the potatoes to the mush.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To squish so as to break into smaller pieces or to combine with something else. He mushed the ingredients together.
etymology 2 Simple contraction of mushroom. pronunciation
  • (British) {{enPR}}, /mʌʃ/
  • {{audio}}, {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Quebecois English, slang) magic mushrooms
Synonyms: shroom (slang)
etymology 3 From Old High German muos and cel mus or muss, or any thick preparation of fruit. pronunciation
  • (British) {{enPR}}, /mʌʃ/
  • {{audio}}, {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A food comprising cracked or rolled grain cooked in water or milk; porridge.
  2. (rural USA) cornmeal cooked in water and served as a porridge or as a thick sidedish like grits or mashed potatoes.
etymology 4 Believed to be a contraction of mush on, in turn a corruption of French marchons!, the cry of the voyageurs and coureurs de bois to their dogs. pronunciation
  • (British) {{enPR}}, /mʌʃ/
  • {{audio}}, {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A directive given (usually to dogs or a horse) to start moving, or to move faster. When the lone cowboy saw the Indians, he yelled mush, cha, giddyup!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A walk, especially across the snow with dogs.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To walk, especially across the snow with dogs.
  2. (transitive) To drive dogs, usually pulling a sled, across the snow.
    • 1910, Jack London, , Together the two men loaded and lashed the sled. They warmed their hands for the last time, pulled on their mittens, and mushed the dogs over the bank and down to the river-trail.
etymology 5 From rme mush, from Romany murš, from Sanskrit {{rfscript}} . pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /mʊʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, primarily Southern England, slang) A form of address to a man.
    • "'Oy, mush! Get out of it!'That's what we'd sayBarging the localsOut of the way"— MAUREEN AND DOREEN AND NOREEN AND ME, Peculiar Poems,
    • "When I'm around it's not uncommon for someone to call me and say :'Oy mush, get your bum over here and give us a hand.'" — THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING: In Which King Arthur Uther Pendragon Grants An Interview
  2. (British, primarily Northern England, slang) The face
    • "My ugly mush finally found its way onto the www, but not in the manner to which I deserved." —
    • 2002:"I grew my face fungus to cover up an ugly mush." —
    • "and your bird has an ugly mush" —
Synonyms: (form of address to a man) mate (UK), pal (especially US), (the face) mug
etymology 6 Compare French moucheter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To notch, cut, or indent (cloth, etc.) with a stamp.
  • hums
mushmouth etymology mush + mouth
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, slang) Someone who has a muffled or otherwise unclear voice.
related terms:
  • mushmouthed
mushroom party
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A new political party that sprouts up quickly before an election, but proves short-lived (like a mushroom).
musicianer etymology musician + er, with redundant suffix.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) musician
musicker etymology music + -k- + -er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, colloquial or dialect) A musician.
music video {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes.Dan Moller, 'Redefining Music Video' 2011,
related terms:
  • AMV
  • MTV
musk {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French musc, from ll muscus, from Ancient Greek μόσχος 〈móschos〉, from Pahlavi *mušk; compare Persian مشک 〈msẖḵ〉. Ultimately from Sanskrit मुष्क 〈muṣka〉, the shape of the gland of animals secreting the substance being compared to human testicles, a diminutive of मूष् 〈mūṣ〉, the shape of human testicles being compared to mice, from Proto-Indo-European *muh₂s 〈*muh₂s〉.Webster's New World College Dictionary, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. pronunciation
  • (UK) /mʌsk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A greasy secretion with a powerful odour, produced in a glandular sac of the male musk deer and used in the manufacture of perfume.
  2. A similar secretion produced by the otter and the civet.
  3. A synthetic organic compound used as a substitute for the above.
  4. The odour of musk.
  5. The musk deer.
  6. The {{vern}} ({{taxlink}}).
  7. A plant of the genus {{taxlink}} ({{taxlink}}); the {{vern}}.
  8. A plant of the genus Muscari; grape hyacinth.
  9. (slang, colloquial, vulgar) The scent of human genitalia when aroused or unwashed, especially that of a man. I was so excited I could smell my own musk.
related terms:
  • muscat
  • nutmeg
  • mouse
  • muscle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To perfume with musk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) muskellunge; a large freshwater gamefish of the pike family.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) Muslimic
Muslim {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: Moslem (dated), Muslem (rare), Mooslim (archaic or uncommon Internet slang), mooselimb/Mooselimb (uncommon Internet slang, offensive) etymology From Arabic مُسْلِمٌ 〈mus̊limuⁿ〉, the active Arabic grammar#Participlealso known as an "infinitive", compare Burns & Ralph, ''World Civilizations'', 5th edition, page 371 of أسْلَمَ 〈ạ̉s̊lama〉, from the triliteral root س ل م 〈s l m〉, "to be whole, intact". The verbal noun إسْلامٌ 〈ạ̹s̊lạmuⁿ〉 means literally "submission". In a religious sense, Islam translates to "faith, piety", and Muslim to "one who has (religious) faith or piety". pronunciation
  • /ˈmʌsləm/, /ˈmʌzləm/, /ˈmʊslɪm/, /ˈmʊzlɪm/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who is a follower and believer of Islam. I just saw a group of Shia Muslims praying.
Synonyms: Mussulman (archaic), Mohammedan, Mohammedist (dated, now rare and politically incorrect), Saracen (obsolete), Muslimah, Muslimette, Muslimess (female Muslim), mosque-goer, Quran believer, masjid goer, mu'min (practising Muslim), Muslimist, Muslimite, Muslimoid, Muslimian, neo-Muslim (conditional), asslifter, muzzie, carpet kisser, mudslime, Quran thumper, muzrat, koranimal, raghead, towelhead, pisslamist, muslimtard, mudslum (all derogatory and hence offensive)
  • Abrahamist; monotheist; theist, religionist
  • Sunni, Shi'a, Sufi/Sufist, Ahle Quran, Salafite, Muwahhid, Quranist, Moorish Scientist, Ismaili/Ismailite, Zahirist, Ahmadi (controversial), 5 percenter, Ibadist, ghair muqallid, Hanafite
  • jihadist/jihadi, mujahid
coordinate terms:
  • {{list:religionists/en}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to believers of Islam.
  • non-Muslim
  • kafir
Muslimdom Alternative forms: Moslemdom etymology Muslim + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, informal) The sphere, state or period of being a Muslim.
Synonyms: Muslimhood
Muslime etymology Blend of Muslim and slime
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Muslim
Muslimess etymology Muslim + ess Alternative forms: Moslemess (similarly archaic)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, now, offensive) A Muslim woman; a Muslimah.
Synonyms: see Muslimah
Muslimette etymology Muslim + ette
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, possibly, derogatory and offensive) A female Muslim.
Synonyms: see Muslimah
Muslimoid etymology Muslim + oid
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Muslim-like
Synonyms: Muslimish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone from a predominantly Muslim ethnic group
Synonyms: Musloid
muslimtard etymology Muslim + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) Muslim
    • 2005 the revd, Re: ##Revd O\|/n3D!!!!!!!! -> Re: 9/11 for Dummies [snip] Group: soc.culture.israel Now what about "poly syllable", jewlover? especially this one, muslimtard
    • 2005, Dr Flonkenstein, Re: Ye PiRats Masons attack 9/11-truth prof Group: alt.conspiracy I don't follow any "leader", muslimtard.
    • 2005, Dr Flonkenstein, Re: Taking religion as amusement and play Group: alt.conspiracy Look, the muslimtard is making a mommy lame!
muso etymology From musician + o. pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, informal) diminutive of musician.
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  • soum
  • sumo, Sumo, SUMO
muss-be etymology A reduction of the phrase "must be". Alternative forms: muzzbe, muz-bee, mhuzbee
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (slang) "must be"; A response in the affirmative, by people such as disgruntled workers, to respond to a question that disinterests them.
Synonyms: gesso, it is what it is, sure, dunno, whatever
  • embuss
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Must have.
Reflecting pronunciation, used when have is an auxiliary rather than main verb.
musta etymology Written form of a of "must have".
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial) Must have. He musta guessed. There's no other explanation.
Synonyms: must’ve
  • sumat
mustache ride etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) oral sex performed on a woman.
    • 2007, Danielle Corsetto, Girls with Slingshots: 262 CHRIS: Wow – you like me because I’m sweet & caring? CANDY: Okay, it doesn’t hurt that you dressed up as a mustache ride for halloween.
must have killed a Chinaman etymology Referring to a putative, and otherwise unrecorded, Anglo-Australian superstition that killing a Chinese person brought about bad luck.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, offensive) A jocular explanation for bad luck.
    • 1925, L. M. Newton, The Story of the Twelfth: A Record of the 12th Battalion, page 132 It appeared as though someone in the Battalion must have killed a Chinaman, as the weather continued rough and stormy, with strong wind.
    • {{seemorecites}}
  • Because of its negative historical connotations, the term Chinaman is no longer considered appropriate; it persists only in this expression.
mustn't've etymology mustn't + 've
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial or dialectal) must not have He isn't here. He mustn't've realised we'd be arriving so early.
mutant etymology Latin mutans, present participle of mutare. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmjuːtənt/
  • (US) /ˈmjuʔn̩(t)/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something which has mutated, which has one or more new characteristic from a mutation.
    • Your plaid fish are mutants.
  2. (informal) Someone or something that seems strange, abnormal, or bizarre.
    • I think your brother is a mutant; he’s so weird!
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. That has undergone mutation.
    • Your mutant fish are dying.
  2. (informal) Strange, abnormal, or bizarre.
    • Your mutant brother just growled at me again!
related terms:
  • mutate
  • mutation
mute pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /mjuːt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (in some dialects)
etymology 1 From xno muet, moet, Middle French muet, from mu + -et, remodelled after Latin mūtus.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Not having the power of speech; dumb. {{defdate}}
    • Ovid: Metamorphoses, translated by John Dryden {{defdate}} Thus, while the mute creation downward bend / Their sight, and to their earthly mother tend, / Man looks aloft; and with erected eyes / Beholds his own hereditary skies. / From such rude principles our form began; / And earth was metamorphos'd into Man.
  2. Silent; not making a sound. {{defdate}}
    • Milton All the heavenly choir stood mute, / And silence was in heaven.
    • 1956, Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins (?, translators), Lion Feuchtwanger (German author), Raquel: The Jewess of Toledo (translation of ), Messner, page 178: “… The heathens have broken into Thy Temple, and Thou art silent! Esau mocks Thy Children, and Thou remainest mute! Show thyself, arise, and let Thy Voice resound, Thou mutest among all the mute!”
  3. Not uttered; unpronounced; silent; also, produced by complete closure of the mouth organs which interrupt the passage of breath; said of certain letters.
  4. Not giving a ringing sound when struck; said of a metal.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (phonetics, now historical) A stopped consonant; a stop. {{defdate}}
  2. (obsolete, theatre) An actor who does not speak; a mime performer. {{defdate}}
    • 1668 OF Dramatick Poesie, AN ESSAY. By JOHN DRYDEN Esq; (John Dryden) As for the poor honest Maid, whom all the Story is built upon, and who ought to be one of the principal Actors in the Play, she is commonly a Mute in it:
  3. A person who does not have the power of speech. {{defdate}}
  4. A hired mourner at a funeral; an undertaker's assistant. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Peake Gormenghast}} The little box was eventually carried in one hand by the leading mute, while his colleague, with a finger placed on the lid, to prevent it from swaying, walked to one side and a little to the rear.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 481: Then followed a long silence during which the mute turned to them and said, ‘Of course you'll be wanting an urn, sir?’
  5. (music) An object for dulling the sound of an instrument, especially a brass instrument, or damper for pianoforte; a sordine. {{defdate}}
related terms:
  • mutism
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To silence, to make quiet.
  2. (transitive) To turn off the sound of. Please mute the music while I make a call.
etymology 2 From Middle French muetir, probably a shortened form of esmeutir, ultimately from Proto-Germanic.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (now rare) Of a bird: to defecate. {{defdate}} {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The faeces of a hawk or falcon. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 Latin {{lena}} mutare.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cast off; to moult.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Have I muted all my feathers?
mutt pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From muttonhead.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mongrel dog; a dog of mixed breed or uncertain origin.
  2. (figuratively, sometimes, pejorative) A person of diverse ancestry.
  3. (chiefly, US, slang) As a term of abuse: an idiot, a stupid person.
coordinate terms:
  • moggy (of a cat)
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of matha
Mutt and Jeff {{wikipedia}} etymology From characters in a comic strip by U.S. cartoonist , first published in 1908.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, US, slang) Names given to a pair of companions, usually male, of whom one is tall and the other short.
    • 1962, "Facial Farceur" (film review of A Matter of WHO), Time, 10 Aug., The bowler-hatted Terry-Thomas and Cooper's gangling American business partner (Alex Nicol) team up, Mutt-and-Jeff fashion.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang, comparable) Deaf.
muttnik etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) A dog that is launched into space.
    • 1958, Boys' Life (volume 48, number 6, June 1958, page 4) If they can get a muttnik up, I don't see why we can't put up a burro-nik.
    • 1958, House of Commons debates, official report (Canadian Parliament) The advent of sputniks and muttniks has aroused apprehension as to whether we are training the best brains we have in sufficient numbers to keep up with developments in other countries.
    • {{quote-news}}
mutton etymology From Old French mouton, from Gaulish moltus, *moltos, from Proto-Celtic *moltos. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmʌtn̩/, [ˈmʌʔn̩]
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The flesh of sheep used as food.
  2. (typography slang) Em, a unit of measurement equal to the height of the type in use.
  3. (obsolete) A prostitute.
  • {{seeCites}}
Synonyms: (meat of a sheep) sheepflesh, sheepmeat
  • (meat of a sheep) lamb
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) deaf.
Synonyms: Mutton Jeff
mutton dagger
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The penis.
mutton dressed as lamb Alternative forms: mutton-dressed-as-lamb (attributive use)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, derogatory) A mature woman dressed in a style more suited to a young woman, especially if in a deliberate attempt to appear young. The teacher was trying to appeal to her students by wearing a short skirt and strappy top. In reality, she just looked like mutton dressed as lamb.
    • 2003, Elizabeth W. Markson, Chapter Three: The Female Aging Body Through Film, Christopher A. Faircloth (editor), Aging Bodies: Images and Everyday Experience, page 85, In one of the rare cinematic depictions of an older woman as sexually attractive and active, Moreau also contributes to the end of Syl′s innocence by seducing him in the summer house. No mutton dressed as lamb could have done better!
    • 2007, L. H. Maynard, M. P. N. Sims, Demon Eyes, Dorchester Publishing, New York, page 224, Elegant, slightly chic, but not mutton dressed as lamb. It was important to present a professional appearance to her former employer.
    • 2009, Dr John Chibaya Mbuya, Bulelwa Muphela, Grooming and Ettiquette for Corporate Men and Women, unnumbered page, South African women are also so scared of looking like mutton dressed as lamb that we have plenty of women looking like lamb dressed as mutton!
    • 2009, , Memoirs of a Geezer: Music, Mayhem, Life, Serpent's Tail (Profile Books), UK, page 65, I thought that the American side of punk was generally full of mutton-dressed-as-lamb degenerates, most of whom were smack heads, who could do with acquainting themselves with a bit of soap and some hot water.
mutton fist
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A big brawny fist or hand. {{rfquotek}}
muttonhead etymology From mutton + head.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A stupid or foolish person.
muttonheaded etymology mutton + headed
noun: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang) Being a muttonhead; stupid or foolish.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
muy etymology From Spanish muy.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) very
    • 1995, Drema Crist, Janette Park, & Marc Sorace, "Last-Second Sound Bites", The Chronicle, (Duke University), 30 November 1995: Spacehog are a perfectly nice band, with pleasantly strummed guitars, a crisp pop sensibility, and muy cute vocals on this side of awkward, but after Blur, Ride, Lush, Oasis, Stone Roses, Elastica, and what have you, Resident Alien is just the proverbial straw on this overworked and overbroke camel's back.
    • 1999, Terri de la Peña, Faults, Alyson Books (1999), ISBN 9781555834784, page 163: In her rosy two-piece traveling outfit, Adela looks muy cute as she walks toward us.
    • 2007, John Lannert, "Crossover King", Billboard, 9 June 2007: But such is the case with Enrique Iglesias, the muy handsome son of Julio, who is known to his fans these days simply as Enrique.
    • {{seemoreCites}}

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