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maiden etymology From Middle English, from Old English mæġden, diminutive of mæġþ, mæġeþ via diminutive suffix -en, from Proto-Germanic *magaþs, from Proto-Indo-European *maghu-, equivalent to maid + en. Cognate with Dutch maagd, Old High German magad (modern German Magd, Old Irish mug and Albanian mag. pronunciation
  • /ˈmeɪdən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now chiefly literary) A girl or an unmarried young woman.
  2. A female virgin. exampleShe's unmarried and still a maiden.
  3. (obsolete, dialectal) A man with no experience of sex, especially because of deliberate abstention.
    • {{RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr}}: As for that said sire Bors I wille be shryuen with a good wylle / Soo syr Bors was confessyd / and for al wymmen sir Bors was a vyrgyne / sauf for one / that was the doughter of kynge Brangorys / and on her he gat a child that hyghte Elayne / and sauf for her syre Bors was a clene mayden
  4. A maidservant.
  5. (now rare) An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.
  6. A racehorse without any victory ('virgin record').
  7. (historical) A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (cricket) A maiden over.
  9. (obsolete) A machine for wash linen.
  10. (Wicca) alternative form of Maiden
related terms:
  • maid
Synonyms: (unmarried (young) female) bachelorette
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Virgin.
    • Thackeray a surprising old maiden lady
  2. (of a female, human or animal) Without offspring.
  3. Like or befitting a (young, unmarried) maiden.
    • Shakespeare Have you no modesty, no maiden shame?
  4. (figuratively) Being a first occurrence or event. The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage. After Edmund Burke's maiden speech, William Pitt the Elder said Burke had "spoken in such a manner as to stop the mouths of all Europe" and that the Commons should congratulate itself on acquiring such a member.
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  5. (cricket) Being an over in which no run are scored.
  6. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
    • Shakespeare maiden flowers
    • Shakespeare Full bravely hast thou fleshed / Thy maiden sword.
  7. Of a fortress, never having been captured or violated. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: maidenly
  • aidmen, Damien, demain, Manide, median, Median, medina, Medina, meidan
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etymology 1 From Middle English male, from xno male, Old French male, from frk *malha, from Proto-Germanic *malhō, from Proto-Indo-European *molko-. Compare Dutch maal.
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  1. (now regional) A bag or wallet. {{defdate}}
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte: What, loo, man, see here of dyce a bale; / A brydelynge caste for that is in thy male!
  2. A bag containing letter to be delivered by post.
  3. The material conveyed by the postal service. {{defdate}} exampleDon't forget to pick up the mail on your way.
    • 1823, The stranger in Liverpool; or, An historical and descriptive view of the town of Liverpool and its environs, Seventh Edition,WtXmlEndTag[sup]() T. Kaye, page 96, The following are the hours at which the letter-box of this office is closed for making up the several mails, and the hours at which each mail is despatched: ¶ …
    • 1887, John Houston Merrill (editor), The American and English Encyclopædia of Law, Volume I, Edward Thompson, p.121, If he retains the account, and permits several mails to pass without objecting to it, he will be held to have admitted its correctness.
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy. Mail bags, so I understand, are being put on board. Stewards, carrying cabin trunks, swarm in the corridors. Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place.
  4. (dated) A stagecoach, train or ship that delivers such post.
  5. The postal service or system in general. {{defdate}} exampleHe decided to send his declaration by mail.
  6. (chiefly US, uncountable) The letter, parcel etc delivered to a particular address or person. {{defdate}}
  7. (uncountable) Electronic mail, e-mail: a computer network–based service for sending, storing, and forwarding electronic messages. {{defdate}}
  8. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried. {{rfquotek}}
In the United States, mails (plural) can mean "the postal system". Synonyms: (postal system) post (UK, Ireland, other dialects?)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To send (a letter, parcel, etc.) through the mail.
  2. (transitive) To send by electronic mail. Please mail me the spreadsheet by the end of the day.
    • 1983, "Donn Seeley", Source for 'Grab' (on newsgroup net.unix-wizards) There has been a crackdown on non-ARPA use of a local ARPA gateway, so I am reluctant to attempt to mail the file to ARPA sites.
    • 1998, "Michael Tomsett", Re: Multiple postings? (on newsgroup Since .mp3's are so big (well for me with a 33.6kp/s connection they are anyway) maybe you should offer on your site to mail the file to people who want it, and have them request it, thus saving your web space, your upload time and their download time …
    • 2003, "Chrissy", Re: Send mail with attachment (on newsgroup microsoft.public.excel.programming) If you mail an attachment from one mail client then it does not matter if the receiver uses a different mail client. The mail you send should be able to be read from their mail client.
  3. (transitive) To contact (a person) by electronic mail. I need to mail my tutor about the deadline.
    • 2000, "Carlton Alton Deltree", Whoever did this sucks... (on newsgroup alt.comp.virus) I was horrified but my data was OK. Then, it saw it open my e-mail package and start to mail my friends. I turned the power off.
    • 2002, Jessica Mann, The voice from the grave, page 189: 'Yes, at Quantico. She was so excited by it, she sent all those emails, you remember I told you about it -' 'Yes, she mailed me from there too.'
    • 2011, Rose Budworth-Levine, Intimate Encounters, page 41: He mailed me and said he had managed to hack into my email accounts.
Synonyms: (send through the mail) post
etymology 2 From Middle English maille, from Old French maille, from Latin macula, probably from Proto-Indo-European *smh₁-tleh₂ 〈*smh₁-tleh₂〉, from *smeh₁- 〈*smeh₁-〉. Alternative forms: maille
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Armour consisting of metal ring or plate linked together.
  2. (nautical) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
  3. Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster, etc.
    • {{rfdate}} John Gay: We … strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.
  4. (obsolete, rare) A spot on a bird's feather; by extension, a spotted feather.
    • 1653, Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler: the moorish-fly; made with the body of duskish wool; and the wings made of the blackish mail of the drake
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To arm with mail.
  2. (transitive) To pinion.
etymology 3 Middle English mal, male from Old English māl from Old Norse mál. Akin to Old English mǣl. Alternative forms: maile, maill, maille
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, Scottish) A monetary payment or tribute.
  2. (chiefly, Scottish) Rent.
  3. (chiefly, Scottish) Tax.
  • alim, Liam, Lima, Mali
main drag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: main, drag
    • 2010, Steve Starling, Fishing For Dummies, [http//|%22main+drags%22+fishing+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NC2nT-SIKM7QmAXC5pXWAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22main%20drag%22|%22main%20drags%22%20fishing%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 101], In free-spool mode, the main drag is disengaged, so the spool revolves against minimal resistance, feeding line to a fish that has taken your bait.
  2. (informal) The main street of a town or suburb, or the principal highway passing through a rural area.
    • 2003, John Gill, Nick Edwards, Rough Guide to the Ionian Islands, [http//|%22main+drags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PxOnT-P1J4_PmAWT4djhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22main%20drag%22|%22main%20drags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 244], Many of the seafront and main drag businesses specialize in snacks, junk food and British staples such as fish and chips or fry-ups.
    • 2003, Rob Humphreys, Judith Bamber, The Rough Guide to London, [http//|%22main+drags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bCinT-vGJemimQXJrcjhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22main%20drag%22|%22main%20drags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 118], As well as being prime bookworm territory, Charing Cross Road is one of the main drags through the West End, flanked by theatres, clubs and rock venues.
    • 2008, Shay A. Mace, Smithsburg Historical Society, Smithsburg, Chapter Two: Main Street: The Main Drag, [http//|%22main+drags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PxOnT-P1J4_PmAWT4djhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22main%20drag%22|%22main%20drags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 21].
    • 2009, , Look Again, [http//|%22main+drags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&ei=PxOnT-P1J4_PmAWT4djhBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-thumbnail&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22main%20drag%22|%22main%20drags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], She kept an eye on the house and straightened up as a mail truck appeared on the main drag and began stopping at the houses, delivering packets of mail.
    • 2010, Adrienne Onofri, Walking Brooklyn, [http//|%22main+drags%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bCinT-vGJemimQXJrcjhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22main%20drag%22|%22main%20drags%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 29], Hudson is the main drag of Vinegar Hill, but without a main drag′s typical traffic.
Synonyms: (main street of a town) high street (UK)
Maine-iac etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A native or inhabitant of Maine in the United States.
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  1. (informal) The area under the jursdiction of People's Republic of China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau (and, by definition, Taiwan).
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  1. (colloquial) mother-in-law
main line
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The principal route or line of a railway.
  2. (fishing) In longline fishing the central line to which the branch lines with baits are attached.
  3. (slang) A principal vein into which a drug can be injected.
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main man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic, chiefly, African American Vernacular English) One's closest male friend.
    • 1989, David Ritz, Barbells and saxophones Thanks to Aaron (my main man) Priest...
    • 1993, Matt Cohen, The bookseller "Dungo," Henry would say, "you're my main man." He would pronounce these words in front of Jeanine, or even strangers.
    • 2004, JazzTimes (March 2004) As Moody says of his main man, "Diz influenced me from every standpoint. He was a friend, a father, a confidante, just everything to me.
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  1. (chiefly, Canada and US, informal, of a politician or celebrity) Greeting and interact with people in a public place.
    • 1988 Nov. 12, , "Reporter's Notebook: A Legend Campaigns In Canada," New York Times (retrieved 22 May 2014): When fog over the British Columbia interior caused the Liberal leader to abort a campaign trip last week and repair to a shopping mall in downtown Vancouver for some "mainstreeting" among the shoppers, John C. Turner stole the show.
    • 2008 June 19, David Usborne, "Al Franken's time: Can a comedian conquer the US senate?," The Independent (UK) (retrieved 22 May 2014): Practising in Northfield what his staff calls "mainstreeting"—pottering past shops talking to passers-by—he ducks into an artist's supply shop.
    • 2014 May 13, Colin Perkel, "Horwath blasts Liberals on auto insurance," Hamilton Spectator (Canada) (retrieved 22 May 2014): Horwath opted for mainstreeting rather than new policy announcements Tuesday. She visited a mall food court, where she glad-handed and chatted with patrons.
maître d' etymology Shortened form of French maître d'hôtel. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌmeɪtɹə ˈdiː/
  • (US) /ˌmeɪtɹə ˈdi/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly US) A maître d’hôtel, head waiter.
  • readmit
majorly etymology major + -ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (informal) significantly; very, very much
    • 1984, Joseph Westlund, Shakespeare's Reparative Comedies: A Psychoanalytic View of the Middle Plays, University of Chicago Press, Page 92 “Campus police break up parties routinely, but nobody really gets majorly busted.”
    • 2000, Scholastic, Inc. Staff (eds), Diary of a Junior Year, Scholastic Paperbacks, Page 135 The thing is I am majorly stressing because I have no prom date set up.
    • 2004, John Ringo & Julie Cochrane, Cally's War, Baen Books The Taco Hell was okay the last time I tried it, but that was a few months ago when I was majorly low on cash.
    • 2005, Lauren Mechling, Laura Moser, The Rise and Fall of a 10th-grade Social Climber, Graphia Books, Page 173 “Mimi, here’s the thing. When somebody in that crowd goes and does something majorly out of control like that, it’s only a matter of days before the rest of the girls in school make sure they've caught up. [...]”
  2. mostly, primarily
    • 1930, American Orthopsychiatric Association, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, American Orthopsychiatric Association, Page 634 Significant contrasts can be drawn between the course of personality development in which children are majorly reared by grandparents who have [...]
    • 1963, Royal Economic Society (Great Britain) and British Economic Association, The Economic Journal: The Quarterly Journey of the British Economic Association, Macmillan, Page 686 This is due not solely, or even majorly, to the fact the above type of analysis concerns itself primarily with what will happen in the long run.
    • 2000, Bernard F. Feldman, Joseph G. Zinkl, Nemi C. Jain (eds), Schalm's Veterinary Hematology, Blackwell Publishing, Page 260 This chapter is majorly devoted to the primary immunodeficiencies that have been documented in domestic animals.
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etymology 1 From Middle English maken, from Old English macian, from Proto-Germanic *makōną, from Proto-Indo-European *mag-. Cognate with Latin mācerō, macer, Ancient Greek μάσσω 〈mássō〉, Scots mak, Saterland Frisian moakje, Western Frisian maaikjen, meitsje, and oanmeitsje, Dutch maken, Dutch Low Saxon maken and German Low German maken{{,}} and German machen. Related to match.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, heading) To create.
    1. To construct or produce. exampleWe made a bird feeder for our yard.  {{nowrap}}
      • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGtP}} Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
      • 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.
      • {{quote-magazine}} Yet in “Through a Latte, Darkly”, a new study of how Starbucks has largely avoided paying tax in Britain, Edward Kleinbard…shows that current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate what he calls “stateless income”:{{nb...}}. In Starbucks’s case, the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.
    2. To write or compose. exampleI made a poem for her wedding.  He made a will.
    3. To bring about. examplemake war exampleThey were just a bunch of ne'er-do-wells who went around making trouble for honest men.
  2. (intransitive, now mostly colloquial) To behave, to act. exampleTo make like a deer caught in the headlights. exampleThey made nice together, as if their fight never happened. exampleHe made as if to punch him, but they both laughed and shook hands.
  3. (intransitive) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; with for or against.
    • Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) It makes for his advantage.
    • Bible, Epistle to the Romans xiv.19: Follow after the things which make for peace.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) Considerations infinite / Do make against it.
  4. To constitute. exampleThey make a cute couple.  This makes the third infraction.  {{nowrap}}
    • 2014, A teacher, "Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian, 23 September: So if your prospective school is proudly displaying that "We Are Outstanding" banner on its perimeter fence, well, that is wonderful … but do bear in mind that in all likelihood it has been awarded for results in those two subjects, rather than for its delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which brings out the best in every child. Which is, of course, what makes a great primary school.
    • 1995, Harriette Simpson Arnow: Critical Essays on Her Work, p.46: Style alone does not make a writer.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist), The Celebrity, 5 We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
  5. (intransitive, construed with of, typically interrogative) To interpret. exampleI don’t know what to make of it. 〈I don’t know what to make of it.〉
  6. (transitive, usually stressed) To bring into success. exampleThis company is what made you.  {{nowrap}}
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) who makes or ruins with a smile or frown
  7. (transitive, second object is an adjective or participle) To cause to be. exampleThe citizens made their objections clear.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
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  8. To cause to appear to be; to represent as.
    • Richard Baker (chronicler) (c.1568-1645) He is not that goose and ass that Valla would make him.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,…a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  9. (transitive, second object is a verb) To cause (to do something); to compel (to do something). exampleYou're making her cry.  I was made to feel like a criminal.
    • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.…Strangers might enter the room, but they were made to feel that they were there on sufferance: they were received with distance and suspicion.
  10. (transitive, second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity) To force to do. exampleThe teacher made the student study.  Don’t let them make you suffer. 〈The teacher made the student study.  Don’t let them make you suffer.〉
  11. (transitive, of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be. exampleHis past mistakes don’t make him a bad person. 〈His past mistakes don’t make him a bad person.〉
  12. (transitive, of a bed) To cover neat with bedclothes.
  13. (transitive, US slang) To recognise, identify.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p.33: I caught sight of him two or three times and then made him turning north into Laurel Canyon Drive.
    • 2004, George Nolfi et al., Ocean's Twelve, Warner Bros. Pictures, 0:50:30: Linus Caldwell: Well, she just made Danny and Yen, which means in the next 48 hours the three o' your pictures are gonna be in every police station in Europe.
    • 2007 May 4, Andrew Dettmann et al., "Under Pressure", episode 3-22 of Numb3rs, 00:01:16: David Sinclair: (walking) Almost at Seventh; I should have a visual any second now. (rounds a corner, almost collides into Kaleed Asan) Damn, that was close.Don Eppes: David, he make you?David Sinclair: No, I don't think so.
  14. (transitive, colloquial) To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time. exampleWe should make Cincinnati by 7 tonight.
    • Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) They that sail in the middle can make no land of either side.
  15. (intransitive, colloquial) To proceed (in a direction). exampleThey made westward over the snowy mountains.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
  16. (transitive) To cover (a given distance) by travelling. {{defdate}}
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.”
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot (novel), Chapter VIII: I made over twenty miles that day, for I was now hardened to fatigue and accustomed to long hikes, having spent considerable time hunting and exploring in the immediate vicinity of camp.
  17. (transitive) To move at (a speed). {{defdate}} exampleThe ship could make 20 knots an hour in calm seas.  {{nowrap}}
  18. To appoint; to name.
    • 1991, Bernard Guenée, Between Church and State: The Lives of Four French Prelates (ISBN 0226310329): On November 15, 1396,…Benedict XIII made him bishop of Noyon;
  19. (transitive, slang) To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
    • 1990, Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese, Goodfellas: Jimmy Conway: They're gonna make him. Henry Hill: Paulie's gonna make you?
  20. (intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) To defecate or urinate.
    • The kingdom of Brooklyn, page 30, Merrill Joan Gerber, 1992, “When my father comes back with a dark wet spot on his pants, right in front, as if he has made in his pants, he starts eating his food in great shovelfuls.”
    • The Cordelia Squad, page 121, Mary Anne Kelly, 2003, “"He made in his pants, okay? I hope everybody's satisfied!" She flung her hat on the floor and kicked it. "He'll never come back to school now! Never! And it's all your fault!”
  21. (transitive) To earn, to gain (money, points, membership or status). exampleYou have to spend money to make money!  {{nowrap}} twenty bucks playing poker last night.  They hope to make a bigger profit.  {{nowrap}} more than he does, and works longer hours than he does, but she still does most of the house-cleaning.  {{nowrap}} make the choir after his voice changed.  {{nowrap}} ten points in that game.
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  22. (transitive) To pay, to cover (an expense); chiefly used after expressions of inability.
    • 1889 May 1, Chief Justice George P. Raney, Pensacola & A. R. Co. v. State of Florida (judicial opinion), reproduced in The Southern Reporter, Volume 5, West Publishing Company, p.843: Whether,{{nb...}}, the construction of additional roads…would present a case in which the exaction of prohibitory or otherwise onerous rates may be prevented, though it result in an impossibility for some or all of the roads to make expenses, we need not say; no such case is before us.
    • 2005, Yuvi Shmul and Ron Peltier, Make It Big with Yuvi: How to Buy Or Start a Small Business, the Best Investment, AuthorHouse, ISBN 1-4259-0021-6, p.67: At first glance, you may be able to make rent and other overhead expenses because the business is doing well, but if sales drop can you still make rent?
    • 2011, Donald Todrin, Successfully Navigating the Downturn, Entrepreneur Press, ISBN 1-59918-419-2, p.194: So you can’t make payroll. This happens.…many business owners who have never confronted it before will be forced to deal with this most difficult matter of not making payroll.
  23. (obsolete, intransitive) To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
    • ca.1360-1387, William Langland, Piers Plowman to solace him some time, as I do when I make
  24. To enact; to establish.
    • 1791, The First Amendment to the United States Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  25. To develop into; to prove to be. exampleShe'll make a fine president.
  26. To form or formulate in the mind. examplemake plans;  made a questionable decision
  27. (obsolete) To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) a scurvy, jack-a-nape priest to meddle or make
  28. (obsolete) To increase; to augment; to accrue.
  29. (obsolete) To be engaged or concerned in.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700) Gomez, what makest thou here, with a whole brotherhood of city bailiffs?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often of a car) Brand or kind; often paired with model. {{jump}} What make of car do you drive?
  2. How a thing is made; construction. {{jump}}
  3. Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture. {{jump}}
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy , The Ayrsham Mystery , 2, , “The cane was undoubtedly of foreign make, for it had a solid silver ferrule at one end, which was not English hall–marked.”
    The camera was of German make.
  4. (uncountable) Quantity produced, especially of materials. {{jump}}
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  5. (dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing. {{jump}}
  6. A person's character or disposition. {{jump}}
  7. (bridge) The declaration of the trump for a hand.
  8. (physics) The closing of an electrical circuit. {{jump}}
  9. (computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
  10. (slang) Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence. {{jump}}
  11. (slang, usually in phrase "easy make") Past or future target of seduction (usually female). {{jump}}
  12. (slang, military) A promotion.
  13. A home-made project
Synonyms: {{jump}} brand; type; manufacturer, {{jump}} construction; manufacture, {{jump}} origin; manufacture, {{jump}} production; output, {{jump}} making; manufacture; manufacturing; production, {{jump}} makeup, disposition, character; type, way, {{jump}} closing; completion; actuation, {{jump}} ID, identification, {{jump}} lay
etymology 2 From Middle English make, imake, from Old English ġemaca, from Proto-Germanic *gamakô, from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-. Reinforced by Old Norse maki. Cognate with Icelandic maki, Swedish make, Danish mage. See also match.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialectal) Mate; a spouse or companion.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.vii: Th'Elfe therewith astownd, / Vpstarted lightly from his looser make, / And his vnready weapons gan in hand to take.
    • “Where their maids and their makes / At dancing and wakes, / Had their napkins and posies / And the wipers for their noses”
etymology 3 Origin uncertain.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, now rare) A halfpenny. {{defdate}}
    • “the last we shall have, I take it; for a make to a million, but we trine to the nubbing cheat to-morrow.”
    • 1934, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Grey Granite, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 606: Only as he climbed the steps did he mind that he hadn't even a meck upon him, and turned to jump off as the tram with a showd swung grinding down to the Harbour […].
  • {{rank}}
  • kame
make a face
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) To make a facial expression, often for humor, as a taunt, or to indicate distaste.
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Synonyms: pull a face
make a hash of
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to do bad, particularly to make a mess while doing. I generally make a hash of talking to boys I like, it's so frustrating. Pouring drinks is one thing I always make a hash of, so please help yourselves.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "", BBC Sport, 26 December 2013: City's victory was secured in first-half injury time when Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made a hash of his attempt to keep out Alvaro Negredo's chip, ensuring Manuel Pellegrini's side kept their flawless home league record.
    • 1919, , , "Of course a miracle may happen, and you may be a great painter, but you must confess the chances are a million to one against it. It'll be an awful sell if at the end you have to acknowledge you've made a hash of it."
Synonyms: mess up, muck up, stuff up, (vulgar) screw up, cock up, fuck up, balls up, bugger up
make an effort
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To try; to work towards a goal.
make an honest woman
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal, now usually with "of") To marry (a woman), especially if she is having a sexual relationship. I thought about just asking Rosalyn to move in with me, but I decided it was time to make an honest woman out of her.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 567: the mother, Mr Jones, Mr Nightingale, and his love, stept into a hackney-coach, which conveyed them to Doctors' Commons; where Miss Nancy was, in vulgar language, soon made an honest woman, and the poor mother became [...] one of the happiest of all human beings.
  • Also with "out of" for "of", especially in US English.
make baby Jesus cry Alternative forms: make Baby Jesus cry, make the baby Jesus cry
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal, often, sarcastic) To provoke a negative reaction due to being offensive, unpleasant, immoral, etc. My mom won't let me watch that show. All the sex and violence makes baby Jesus cry.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, colloquial) en-past of make
make do
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, idiomatic, informal) to survive, get by with, or use whatever is available (due to lack of resources) There is barely enough money, so we will have to make do with what we have.
  2. (transitive, informal) to put into action Make the movie do! (Put on the movie!) Brandon’s makin’ the grill do so we can get to eatin’.
  3. (transitive, informal) To use for one's purpose something worn, defective, or intended for another purpose.
make fun of etymology Recorded 1737. Preserves the older meaning of fun, from Middle English fon, fonne, fun (c. 1700) meaning "a cheat, trick, hoax", from a verb fun meaning "to cheat, trick" (1680s).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) To tease, ridicule or make jokes about, generally in a pejorative manner. Please stop making fun of your sister and just help her!
Synonyms: (to ridicule) make sport of, poke fun at, mock, deride, See also
make like etymology Originally a US regionalism; compare earlier make as if.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, chiefly, US, with clause) To behave as though.
    • 2004, Hannah Pool, "The new black", The Guardian, 3 Jan 2004: Make like we're getting married and repeat after me, "2004 is the year I will moisturise daily".
  2. (colloquial, chiefly, US, with a noun) To behave in the manner of.
    • 1947, "The Great Salesman", Time, 10 Feb 1947: In his office is an eight-foot bull whip; Ed likes to snap it around and make like a slave-driver.
make like a banana and split etymology A pun on banana split and split
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) to leave, depart
{{rfquote}} Synonyms: make like a baby and head out, make like a tree and leave
make like a tree and leave etymology A pun on leave and leaf.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, humorous) to leave, depart
{{rfquote}} Synonyms: make like a baby and head out, make like a banana and split
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative or humorous) alternative spelling of Mackem
make meat
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, US, Western US) To cure meat in the open air.
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make off
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive) To run away; to exit
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities [H]e was so frightened, being new to the sight, that he made off again, and never stopped until he had run a mile or more.
make out {{wikipedia}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To draw up (a document etc.), to designate (a cheque) to a given recipient, payee. {{defdate}} exampleCheques may be made out to the Foo Bar Company.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To send out. {{defdate}}
    • 1611, Bible, Authorized Version, Job I:17: The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
  3. (transitive) To discern; to manage to see, hear etc. {{defdate}}
    • August 16 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Swansea upstage Manchester United in Louis van Gaal’s Premier League bow," There was a startling lack of creativity and if Van Gaal had listened closely he would have made out the mocking chants from the away end, as the visiting fans embarked on the repertoire of songs that formed the soundtrack to David Moyes’s time in the job.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4: Though nothing of the vault except the roof was visible from where I lay, and so I could not see these visitors, yet I heard every word spoken, and soon made out one voice as being Master Ratsey's.
  4. (now chiefly US, regional, intransitive) To manage, get along; to do (well, badly etc.). {{defdate}} exampleOh, you were on a TV game show? How did you make out?
  5. (transitive, intransitive) To represent; to make (something) appear to be true. {{defdate}} exampleHis version of the story makes me out to be the bad guy.
    • 2002, Meg Cabot, , 2003 Harper Trophy paperback edition, ISBN 0064472779, page 134: She hadn't invited me to a party at her house since the third grade, and here she was, making out like we'd never stopped being friends.
  6. {{rfv-sense}} (intransitive) To succeed in seducing; to have sex. {{defdate}}
  7. (slang, chiefly US, intransitive) To kiss passionately. {{defdate}} exampleWe found a secluded spot where we could make out in private.
  • In all transitive senses, the object may either precede the particle out or follow it, the tendency being for short or lexically light objects to precede the particle ("I can't make that out"), and for long or lexically heavy objects to follow it ("I can't make out what he's saying"). In the special case that the object is a personal pronoun, this tendency becomes almost a rule; even if highly stressed, it is exceedingly unlikely to follow the particle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) One who makes up.
make someone a happy panda
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) to make someone happy and content
make the world go round
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) to have a crucial role in keeping things working as they should
make time
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To reserve a period of time to do something.
    • 1913, , , "I've done ten dozen this week," she said proudly to Mrs. Morel. "T-t-t!" went the other. "I don't know how you can find time." "Eh!" said Mrs. Anthony. "You can find time if you make time."
    Let's make time next week to meet again.
  2. (idiom, colloquial) To travel at faster than usual speed. We can really make time if we take the freeway. We made good time on the flight back because we had a tailwind.
  3. (idiom, colloquial, dated) To spend time with a person in or in pursuit of a romantic relationship. He was always trying to make time with Nancy, but she just wasn't interested.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of makeup See usage notes there.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Made-up, false, imaginary, fabricated.
  2. (informal) Of or relating to a reconciliation. Joe and Joanne had a big fight, and then apologized and had incredible make-up sex. We only argue because of the make-up sex.
related terms:
  • make-up friend
  • make-up kiss
  • make-up sex
make water
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) To urinate.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 907: She was dismayed by this unusual display of independence and took herself off to make water which she did with enough noise for four thoroughbreds.
  2. (nautical) To admit water; to leak.
make whoopee
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To enjoy oneself in a boisterous manner.
  2. (slang) To engage in sexual intercourse.
  • 1971,The Jackson 5, Mama's Pearl, Motown (unreleased version with alternate lyrics) Guess who's making whoopee with your girlfriend. Those dreading words just drove me out of my mind. Guess who's making whoopee with your girlfriend. He's said what's mine is yours and yours is all mine.
  • 1990, Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide, Penguin, ISBN 0451167481, page 55, Disaster at the newly opened ski resort where hard-driving tycoon Hudson is determined to double his not insubstantial investment while his ex-wife Mia is making whoopee with one of the locals championing ecology.
  • 1995, Bradford Matsen, Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea and Dancing to the Fossil Record, Ten Speed Press, ISBN 0898157781, page 1, Some of the rich orange globes of life-yet-to-be always wash from the streambed gravel where they were deposited a few months earlier by salmon that had died, poignantly, mere hours after making whoopee.
  • 2004, Andrew Bender, Amsterdam: City Guide, Lonely Planet, ISBN 1741040027, page 12, Sex and drugs are discussed openly (one newspaper recently examined puberty by showing photographs of the development of both male and female genitalia), and you might overhear a pub chat where Jan tells all details of making whoopee.
  • 2006, Lorelei Sharkey and Emma Taylor, Em & Lo's Rec Sex: An A-Z Guide to Hooking Up, Chronicle Books, ISBN 0811852121, page 89, Before you get all prickly on us, "just friends" doesn't necessarily mean you're making whoopee together–it simply implies that the friendship is a little, shall we say, complicated. Either a) you used to make whoopee, b) one of you would kinda maybe like to make whoopee, c) you both kind of know you'll eventually make whoopee, or d) you spend so much time together that you may as well be making whoopee–what the hell's stopping you, anyway?
  • 2010, Charlaine Harris, Dead and Gone, Penguin, ISBN 9780441018512, page 162, "Did you think that since we made whoopee and you said I was yours, I'd want to quit work and keep house for you?"
make yourself at home {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. An invitation to a guest in the speaker's home to treat the house as if it were theirs.
male answer syndrome
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, capitalized, derogatory) A male compulsion to answer questions regardless of whether one knows the answer.
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etymology 1 male + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Men considered as a group; mankind.
    • 1995, Brian Sutton-Smith, Anthony D. Pellegrini, The future of play theory (page 287) There is a gender connotation here also, with the second power rhetoric clearly identified with maledom...
etymology 2 male + dom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, Internet, BDSM, informal) A male dominator in sadomasochistic sexual practices.
    • 1997, "Anthony & Joy Hilbert", Attention Joy gets (was: Woofie on Trust) (on newsgroup alt.personals.bondage) And these things are better coming from a femsub like her because you so often dismiss criticism from maledoms as proof that they can't take competition.
related terms:
  • femdom
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Pure MDMA
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Scotland, slang) To physically assault.
  2. (Scotland, slang) To murder.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Scotland, slang) A beating. Oota ma coupon afore ah gies y'the malky, ya bam.
  2. (Scotland, slang) A murder.
mall etymology From Old French mail pronunciation
  • (UK) /mæl/ or (especially in senses 6 and 7) /mɔːl/
    • {{rhymes}}, {{rhymes}}
  • (NZ) /mɔːl/
    • {{rhymes}}
    • {{homophones}} with -awl pronunciation
  • (US (varieties with the cot-caught merger)) /mɑːl/
    • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large heavy wooden beetle; a mallet for driving anything with force; a maul. {{rfquotek}}
  2. A heavy blow. {{rfquotek}}
  3. An old game played with malls or mallets and balls. See pall mall. {{rfquotek}}
  4. A place where the game of mall was played.
  5. A public walk; a level shaded walk.
    • Southey Part of the area was laid out in gravel walks, and planted with elms; and these convenient and frequented walks obtained the name of the City Mall.
  6. (US, Australia) A pedestrianise street, especially a shopping precinct. pedestrian mall
    • 2002, Alexander Garvin, The American City: What Works, What Doesn′t, [http//|%22malls%22+pedestrian+-intitle:%22mall|malls%22+-inauthor:%22mall%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0HynT-2mC6mHmQWi3rXhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mall%22|%22malls%22%20pedestrian%20-intitle%3A%22mall|malls%22%20-inauthor%3A%22mall%22&f=false page 179], America′s first pedestrianized shopping mall opened in 1959 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Like most later pedestrian malls, it was intended to revive what everybody thought was a decaying downtown.
  7. An enclosed shopping centre.
    • 2004, Ralph E. Warner, Get a Life: You Don′t Need a Million to Retire Well, [http//|%22malls%22+-intitle:%22mall|malls%22+-inauthor:%22mall%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GXWnT4vIO-yUmQWpn9XhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mall%22|%22malls%22%20-intitle%3A%22mall|malls%22%20-inauthor%3A%22mall%22&f=false unnumbered page], Every day, at about the time the rest of us go to work, groups of retirees gather at many of America′s enclosed shopping malls.
    • 2010, Greg Holden, Starting an Online Business For Dummies, [http//|%22malls%22+-intitle:%22mall|malls%22+-inauthor:%22mall%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GXWnT4vIO-yUmQWpn9XhBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22mall%22|%22malls%22%20-intitle%3A%22mall|malls%22%20-inauthor%3A%22mall%22&f=false unnumbered page], In addition to Web site kits, ISPs, and businesses that specialize in Web hosting, online shopping malls provide another form of Web hosting.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To beat with a mall, or mallet; to beat with something heavy; to bruise.
  2. To build up with the development of shopping mall.
  3. (informal) To shop at the mall.
mallcore etymology mall + core, since it may be played as background music in shopping centres.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, music) Popular music that is overproduce, mainstream, corporate controlled, etc., as opposed to popular music that is independent or artistic.
    • 2004, Ian Christe, Sound of the beast …a time when the hardcore scene badly needs to overthrow the mallcore bands, the naughty yet non-threatening pop punk groups who wear their tattoos like designer labels instead of inner scars.
  2. (informal, derogatory, music) nu metal.[ Mallcore : Dictionary]Tommy Udo, Brave Nu World, 2002, Sanctuary Publishing, page 16, ISBN: 1-86074-415-X
    • 2009, Munson the Destroyer, WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE TO HATE SLIPKNOT Troves of angst-ridden, mall-invading teens adopted Slipknot as their patron-saint back in 1999 (when the band’s self-titled debut came out), instantly earning the band a “mallcore” seal of disapproval by their critics
mallgoth etymology From mall + goth.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A trendy or ingenuine goth.
mall ninja
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, informal) A person who claims to be an expert on weaponry and likes to brag about their supposed expertise.
mallternative etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, sometimes attributive, often pejorative) Any style or genre that is ostensibly counterculture or alternative, but actually mainstream enough to be encountered at a mall, or among the type of people who frequent a mall.
    • 1997, Jim Sullivan, "Counter culture", The Boston Globe Magazine, 24 August 1997: As the "over-the-counterculture'" has grown, as once cutting-edge alternative styles and products have become "mallternative," Newbury Comics has benefited from the market moving in its direction. Black leather biker jackets, body piercings, tattoos, and jarring hairstyles, which once could shock the counterculturally challenged, today are part of a lifestyle choice that barely raises eyebrows.
  2. (countable) An alternative to a mall, particularly an open-air urban shopping district.
    • 2004, Kyle Ezell, Get Urban!: The Complete Guide to City Living, Capital Books (2004), ISBN 1931868670, page 163: Although several energy-depleting surface parking lots remain, Mass Avenue's interesting mix of business and people is quickly turning it into a full-fledge window shopper's mallternative, full of energy.
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  1. (slang) a person from the Indian state of Kerala, especially one who speaks Malayalam
Mallwart etymology From an intentional spoonerism of Walmart, influenced by mall + wart, with the implication being that Walmart stores are like unsightly growths on shopping malls or the general retail environment.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (humorous or _, pejorative) Walmart.
    • 2004, Swami Beyondananda, Swami for Precedent, WakeUpLaughing Press (2004), ISBN 9780975598306, page 125: Have you noticed a proliferation of those MallWart stores where the workers can't even afford the low prices?
    • 2004, Tom Noel, "Historic Preservation Placed In Good Hands", Rocky Mountain News, 11 September 2004: Who else in Colorado is worried about preserving ATMs, self-storage units, fitness centers, and yes, even Mallwarts, er, uh Walmarts (the ultimate devil for most preservationists)?
    • 2006, Karel Baloun, Inside Facebook: Life, Work and Visions of Greatness, ISBN 9781425113001, page 34: Mallwart has cheap prices by lowering wages here and throughout the world, while its leadership, the members of the Walton family, occupy four spots on the Forbes billionaire Top 20 list.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) malolactic fermentation
    • 2009, Joseph LaVilla, The Wine, Beer, and Spirits Handbook Allowing a wine to undergo malo also protects it from bacterial contamination later.
mam etymology Possibly either conserved from or influenced by earlier cel language.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal and colloquial) Diminutive of mother.
Used in place of mum or ma in Northumbrian dialects such as Geordie, as well as throughout Ireland and Liverpool.
  • MMA
mama {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: mamma, momma etymology From a reduplication of ma; a trend present in many Indo-European languages, probably with ultimate origin in baby talk; or perhaps representing, in altered form, a continuation of Middle English mome, from Proto-Germanic *mōmǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂-méh₂ 〈*méh₂-méh₂〉, reduplication of *méh₂- 〈*méh₂-〉, related to German Muhme, Latin mamma, Irish mam, Lithuanian mama, moma. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /ˈmɑmə/
  • (UK) /məˈmɑː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (hypocoristic, usually, childish) Mother, female parent.
related terms:
  • mom
  • mommy
  • mother
  • mum
  • mummy
  • amma
  • ma'am
ma ma
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) alternative form of mama The baby said ma ma.
mama's boy
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, derogatory) A male person, especially a young man or boy, who is overly attached to or influenced by his mother; a sissy. He's such a mama's boy that he can't even ask a girl out for a date without his mother's approval.
Synonyms: pansy, nancy boy
mama bear {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: mamma bear
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female bear currently rearing one or more cubs.
  2. (by extension, slang) A woman, especially a mother, who is extremely protective of a child or children.
Synonyms: (woman protective of a child/children) mama grizzly
mamading etymology Borrowing from Spanish mamada + ing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sex, slang) a game in bar where young women are encouraged to perform as many public blowjob in as short a time possible, in return for free alcohol
mama grizzly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female grizzly bear currently rearing one or more cubs.
  2. (by extension, slang) A woman, especially a mother, who is extremely protective of a child or children.
{{wikipedia}} Though mama bear has been used in the sense of "a woman who is extremely protective of a child or children" since at least the 1990s, use of the term mama grizzly in the same sense was popularized by U.S. politician , who began using it to refer to herself in 2008. Palin's use of the term later broadened to apply to female candidates she supported in the . Synonyms: mama bear
mamahood etymology From mama + hood.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, informal) The state or condition of being a mama; motherhood.
    • 2010, L. Divine, Drama High: Culture Clash: I can't thank you enough for your compassion, patience, and open hearts. And to Lana Brown, for being the most sincere homegirl I've known in a long, long time. Welcome to mamahood, Ms. Brown!
mammy {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) mamma; mother
  2. (US, historical) In the southern United States, a black nanny employed to look after white children.
mampara etymology Unknown. But possibly an onomatopeic rendition of the call of the Cape Turtle Dove. A slang term used by hunters for this particularly silly pigeon. {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, slang) A fool ; a buffoon.
    • Every week the Sunday Times names and shames a mampara - generally a public figure who has said or done something so idiotic that it boggles the mind.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) mother, mum
  • Sammie, sammie
man {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology The noun is from Middle English man, from Old English mann, from Proto-Germanic *mann-, probably from Proto-Indo-European *man- (compare also *men-). Cognate with Western Frisian man, Dutch man, German Mann, Norwegian mann, Old Swedish maþer, Swedish man, Russian муж 〈muž〉, Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬥𐬱 〈𐬨𐬀𐬥𐬱〉, Sanskrit मनु 〈manu〉. The verb is from Middle English mannen, from Old English mannian, ġemannian, from mann. Cognate with Dutch mannen, German bemannen, Swedish bemanna, Icelandic manna. pronunciation
  • (RP) /mæn/ {{audio}}
  • (GenAm) /mæn/, [mɛən], [meən], [mẽə̃n] {{audio}}
  • (Jamaica) [mɑn]
  • (New Zealand) [mɛn]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An adult male human. exampleThe show is especially popular with middle-aged men.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, act 4, scene 1: The king is but a man, as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} “…it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  2. (collective) All human males collectively: mankind.
    • 2011, Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In, p.109: Unsurprisingly, if modern man is a sort of camera, modern woman is a picture.
  3. A human, a person of either gender, usually an adult. (See usage notes.) exampleevery man for himself
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, act 4, scene 2: …a man cannot make him laugh.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Epistle to the Romans 12.17: Recompence to no man euill for euill.
    • {{circa}} Joseph Addison, Monaco, Genoa, &c., p.9: A man would expect, in so very ancient a town of Italy, to find some considerable antiquities; but all they have to show of this nature is an old Rostrum of a Roman ship, that stands over the door of their arsenal.
    • 1991 edition (original: 1953), Darell Huff, How to Lie with Statistics, pp.19–20: Similarly, the next time you learn from your reading that the average man (you hear a good deal about him these days, most of it faintly improbable) brushes his teeth 1.02 times a day—a figure I have just made up, but it may be as good as anyone else's – ask yourself a question. How can anyone have found out such a thing? Is a woman who has read in countless advertisements that non-brushers are social offenders going to confess to a stranger that she does not brush her teeth regularly?
  4. (collective) All humans collectively: mankind, humankind, humanity. (Sometimes capitalized as Man.)
    • 1647, Westminster Shorter Catechism, question 10: How did God create man? God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.
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  5. (anthropology, archaeology, paleontology) A member of the genus Homo, especially of the species Homo sapiens.
    • 1990, The Almanac of Science and Technology (ISBN 0151050503), p.68: The evidence suggests that close relatives of early man, in lineages that later became extinct, also were able to use tools.
  6. (obsolete) A sentient being, whether human or supernatural.
    • {{circa}} A Gest of Robyn Hode, in the Child Ballads: For God is holde a ryghtwys man.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, act 3, scene 5: God's a good man.
    • 1609, Ben Jonson, Epicœne, or The silent woman: Expect: But was the devil a proper man, gossip? As fine a gentleman of his inches as ever I saw trusted to the stage, or any where else.
  7. An adult male who has, to an eminent degree, qualities considered masculine, such as strength, integrity, and devotion to family; a mensch.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, : He’s more a man than any pair of rats of you in this here house…
    • 2011, Timothy Shephard, Can We Help Us?: Growing Up Bi-Racial in America (ISBN 1456754610), p.181: I had the opportunity to marry one of them but wasn't mature enough to be a man and marry her and be close to the…children and raise them{{nb...}}.
  8. (uncountable, obsolete, uncommon) Manliness; the quality or state of being manly.
    • 1598, Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour Methought he bare himself in such a fashion, / So full of man, and sweetness in his carriage, /…
  9. A husband.
    • Book of Common Prayer: I pronounce that they are man and wife.
    • 1715, Joseph Addison, The Freeholder: In the next place, every wife ought to answer for her man.
  10. A lover; a boyfriend.
  11. A male enthusiast or devotee; a male who is very fond of or devoted to a specified kind of thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.) exampleSome people prefer apple pie, but me, I’m a cherry pie man. 〈Some people prefer apple pie, but me, I’m a cherry pie man.〉
  12. A person, usually male, who has duties or skills associated with a specified thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.) exampleI always wanted to be a guitar man on a road tour, but instead I’m a flag man on a road crew. 〈I always wanted to be a guitar man on a road tour, but instead I’m a flag man on a road crew.〉
  13. A person, usually male, who can fulfill one's requirements with regard to a specified matter.
    • 2007, Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night (ISBN 0778324567), p.553: "She's the man for the job."
    • 2008, Soccer Dad: A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season (ISBN 160239329X), p.148: Joanie volunteered, of course — if any dirty job is on offer requiring running, she's your man
    • 2012, The Island Caper: A Jake Lafferty Action Novel (ISBN 1622951999), p.34: He also owns the only backhoe tractor on Elbow Cay, so whenever anyone needs a cistern dug, he's their man.
  14. A male who belongs to a particular group: an employee, a student or alumnus, a representative, etc.
    • 1909, Harper's Weekly, Vol.53, p.iii: When President Roosevelt goes walking in the country about Washington he is always accompanied by two Secret Service men.
    • 1913, Robert Herrick, One Woman's Life, p.46: "And they're very good people, I assure you — he's a Harvard man." It was the first time Milly had met on intimate terms a graduate of a large university.
  15. An adult male servant. (historical) A vassal. A subject. exampleLike master, like man. (old proverb) exampleall the king's men
    • {{circa}} William Blackstone: The vassal, or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered, and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honour.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4, “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.”
  16. A piece or token used in board games such as chess.
    • 1883, Henry Richter, Chess Simplified!, p.4: The white men are always put on that side of the board which commences by row I, and the black men are placed opposite.
  17. (Multicultural London English, slang) Used to refer to oneself or one's group: I, we; construed in the third person.
    • 2011, Top Boy: Sully: If it weren’t for that snake ... Man wouldn’t even be in this mess right now.
  18. A term of familiar address often implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste. exampleCome on, man, we've no time to lose!
  • The most common modern sense of the word is “an adult male human”, not “a generic human” or “humankind”, which explains the awkwardness of the following sentence: Man, like other mammals, breastfeeds his young.[ ''Nonsexist Language Guideline''], the University of New Hampshire.
  • Nonsexist language advocates recommend the use of human, human being, humankind{{,}} or person, depending on context, instead of man.
Synonyms: (adult male human) omi (Polari); see also , See also , See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To supply (something) with staff or crew (of either sex). The shipped was manned with a small crew.
  2. (transitive) To take up position in order to operate (something). Man the machine guns!
  3. (reflexive, possibly dated) To brace (oneself), to fortify or steel (oneself) in a manly way. (Compare man up.)
    • 1876, Julian Hawthorne, Saxon Studies: he manned himself heroically
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To wait on, attend to or escort.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To accustom (a hawk or other bird) to the presence of men.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man. Man, that was a great catch!
  • {{seeCites}}
  • {{rank}}
  • AMN, MNA, 'Nam, 'nam, Nam
managementese etymology management + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often, derogatory) The jargon used by management.
    • 1971, Kenneth Lamott, "The Chancellor the State Colleges," Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov., p. U16: Even phrased as they are in Higher Managementese, these comments touch the heart of the matter.
    • 1992, , "On Language: Perotspeak," New York Times, 14 Jun. (retrieved 14 Apr. 2009): The uniqueness of Perotspeak is its mixture of rustic metaphor with modern managementese.
    • 2002, "Silly names for failure," Telegraph (UK), 10 Jun. (retrieved 14 Apr. 2009): Since February, we have been calling for the ridiculously named Consignia to change back to the good old Post Office. . . . [T]he chief executive, John Roberts, said of Consignia that it was a "modern, meaningful and entirely appropriate" name that "describes the full scope of the Post Office in a way that the words ‘post’ and ‘office’ cannot". That was clearly hogwash managementese of the worst variety.
managerese etymology manager + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) The business jargon used by manager.
manarchist etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A masculinist anarchist.
    • 2010, "Queen of the Neighbourhood", Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils, PM Press (2010), ISBN 9781604862003, page 14: Is it [singling out women revolutionaries] a reaction to the manarchists who don't believe gender privilege exists or is a valid topic of conversation?
    • 2011, Sarah Seltzer, "Where Are the Women at Occupy Wall Street? Everywhere—and They're Not Going Away", The Nation, 26 October 2011: “There’s a ‘manarchist’ problem in a lot of left-wing spaces,” Federow, a young New York–based artist and activist who has been active in Occupy Judaism and has regularly volunteered downtown, says. “By that I mean a small group of white guys take up space and make de facto choices for a larger group of people.”
    • 2013, "A discourse of brocialism", Fightback, November 2013, page 12: Nor is it unique to the organised left - the brocialist’s more chaotic cousin is, of course, the manarchist, who displays many of the same traits in terms of blindness to privilege, casual sexism and a refusal to acknowledge structural gender oppression, but has a slightly different reading list and a more monochrome wardrobe.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, colloquial) A male aviator.
    • 1910, Poultney Bigelow, ‎James Henry Worman, ‎Ben James Worman, Outing (volume 55, page 753) With each succeeding day's exhibit of man's ingenuity and his ability to cleave the atmosphere unscathed, the clamor on the part of non-aviators to share the flights of the man-birds grew louder.
man boob {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: man-boob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Large or womanly breast on a man caused by pectoral fat, or sometimes a hormonal condition as gynecomastia.
Synonyms: man titty, moob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Someone from the English city of Manchester
Synonyms: Mancunian
mancation etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A vacation taken by a group of men and catering specifically to male interests.
coordinate terms:
  • girlcation
man child Alternative forms: man-child
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A young male human; a boy.
    • 1611, , , : Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
  2. (colloquial, generally derogatory) An adult male considered childish or immature.
    • 2004, & , The Great Philadelphia Sports Debate, Middle Atlantic Press (2004), ISBN 0975441914, page 161: In the end, Brown said he just couldn't stand another day of trying to run a team with two sets of rules — one for 11 players and the other for the man-child superstar.
  3. (colloquial) of a boy or young male teenager, particularly an athlete: being physically large or tall, having the physical appearance of an adult male.
Synonyms: (boy) See also .
man crush
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A crush-like but non-sexual feeling of attraction toward and admiration for a man.“man crush” in Aaron Peckham (ed.), ''Urban Dictionary: Fularious Street Slang Defined'',<sup>[]</sup> Andrews McMeel Publishing (2005), ISBN 0-7407-5143-3, page 217.“man crush” in [[w:KTCK|KTCK]]'s online “Ticktionary”: “One male being in awe of another male for any reason”, quoted in John Mark Dempsey, “KTCK, ‘The Ticket,’ Dallas-Fort Worth: ‘Radio by the Everyman, for the Everyman’”, in John Mark Dempsey (ed.), ''Sports-talk Radio in America: Its Context And Culture'',<sup>[]</sup> Haworth Press (2006), ISBN 0789025906, page 27.
    • 2004, Mark St. Amant, Committed: Confession of a Fantasy Football Junkie, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0-7432-6756-7, page 278, Another interesting note from the Super Bowl: aside from my season-long man-crush, Stephen Davis (who ultimately let me down in Week 15), and maybe his Panther teammate WR Steve Smith, who had a good season (when he wasn’t beating the shit out of his own teammates in team meetings, that is), there was not one, single fantasy stud on either Super Bowl team.
    • 2005, Phil Kiver, 182 Days in Iraq, Word Association Publishers, ISBN 1595710787, page 82, The second one was a gag gift for Private First Class Dubee. He had this man crush on a male professional wrestler. We managed to get a digital shot of Dubee standing next to a poster of his man crush.
    • 2005 August 11, Tyler Kirtley, Letter to the Editor, , Far from feeling threatened, my girlfriend finds solace in them and would view any young man not admitting to a man crush as uncomfortable with his sexuality.
    • 2007, Bill Simmons, Vegas follow-up, It's no secret that Texas has become my favorite college hoops team; my man-crush on [Kevin] Durant has reached the point that I should probably remain at least 100 yards away from him at all times.
  2. (colloquial) A crush on (sexual attraction toward) a man.
    • 2004, Joyce Anthony Huff, Meadowlark, Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 1-4134-6606-0, page 52, “[…] Her old man crushes were always just that—crushes. But maybe she really is dating him. […]”
    • 2005, Amy Scheibe, What Do You Do All Day?, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-34303-5, page 65, We talk a bit about the man crushes we have in common, recount our conquests, celebrate our fabulous younger selves. We don't talk about the men we lost, or how utterly decimating the eighties were, or how lucky we are to be sitting here, drinking ourselves silly.
    • 2005, Jennifer Crusie, Flirting with : Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece, BenBella Books, Inc., ISBN 1932100725, page 119, […] for a certain faction of American women, the accent is swoon-worthy on its own. I will confess that the Darcy accent I concocted in my head while reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time was a huge contributor to my fictional man crush.
Synonyms: bromance
coordinate terms:
  • girl crush
  • womance
man cunt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, gay slang) the anus of a man, usually the passive participant in gay sex
    • 2010, R. Jackson, Bears in the Wild, page 115 He spat onto his cock and watched the bubbles of his saliva disappear into Josh's man-cunt.
    • 2010, Eric Summers, Teammates, page 34 Ryan was moaning with pleasure, and these noises were egging him on to go deeper into the hole, to try and lick the inside of his beautiful man cunt.
    • 2009, Mickey Erlach, Pretty Boys and Roughnecks, page 13 The smell of sex, the heat of the sun and the warm dampness of Eddie's man-cunt had brought him to the point of no return.
    • 2009, Mickey Erlach, Boys Caught in the Act, page 46 Dale stepped over to Toby's beach towel and lay down. Simon joined him, squatting down on his erection, taking the whole length up his man cunt, and inviting Toby to squat down on his boyfriend's face.
mandarin {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • (British) /ˈmæn.dər.ɪn/
  • (US) /ˈmæn.dɚ.ɪn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
etymology 1 From Portuguese mandarim, mandarij, from Malay menteri, manteri, and its source, Sanskrit मन्त्रिन् 〈mantrin〉, from मन्त्र 〈mantra〉 + -इन् 〈-in〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A high government bureaucrat of the Chinese Empire.
  2. A pedantic or elitist bureaucrat.
  3. (often, pejorative) A pedantic senior person of influence in academia or literary circles.
  4. A mandarin duck.
  5. (informal, British) A senior civil servant.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to or reminiscent of mandarins; deliberately superior or complex; esoteric, highbrow, obscurantist. {{defdate}}
    • 1979, John Le Carré, Smiley's People, Folio Society 2010, p. 58: A mandarin impassivity had descended over Smiley's face. The earlier emotion was quite gone.
    • 2007, Marina Warner, ‘Doubly Damned’, London Review of Books 29:3, p. 26: Though alert to riddles' strong roots in vernacular narrative, Cook's tastes are mandarin, and she gives a loving account of Wallace Stevens's meditations on the life of poetic images and simile […].
etymology 2 From French mandarine, feminine of mandarin, probably formed as Etymology 1, above, from the yellow colour of the mandarins' costume.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A mandarin orange; a small, sweet citrus fruit.
  2. A mandarin orange tree, Citrus reticulata.
  3. An orange colour.
  • Mirandan
man date Alternative forms: mandate, man-date etymology man ‘adult male’ + date ‘meeting with a romantic partner’
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A platonic outing by two (typically straight) men, often in settings that would otherwise be reserved for romantic encounters.
mandraulic etymology manual + hydraulic
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (informal) labour intensive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, uncountable) the drug MDMA.
man-eater {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: maneater, man eater
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An animal that has a reputation for eating human, such as the tiger or shark.
  2. A cannibal.
  3. (by extension, slang) A woman with a threatening attitude, often readily taking and discarding male romantic partners.
Synonyms: (woman) femme fatale, vamp
related terms:
  • man-eating
  • anatreme
  • matranee
manfiction etymology man + fiction
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Literary fiction which appeals to, or is marketed toward, men, typically written by male author and centering on male character.
    • 2007, Ben Neihart, "Prince of Darkness", The New York Times, 18 March 2007: He sang the praises of Elmore Leonard, Chabon, Malamud and a host of tough-guy “manfiction” novelists, to use his affectionately satirical term.
    • 2008, Stephen King, "Who Says Real Men Don't Read?", Entertainment Weekly, 12 October 2008: And current manfiction certainly gives women a better deal than they got in the pulps of yesteryear, when most were presented as barracuda debs in frilly negligees.
    • 2010, Amanda Hess (quoting Tiger Beatdown), "The Morning After: Manfiction and Mandles Edition", Washington City Paper, 1 June 2010: A professed affinity for Manfiction was a central tenet of this precarious Cool Girl identity; a Cool Girl was always ready to support the literary analysis presented by the dudes, even after consuming a fifth of bourbon at three in the morning.
Synonyms: dick lit
  • frat lit
coordinate terms:
  • chick lit
man flu
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) A cold or similar ailment as suffered by a male seen as wildly exaggerating the severity of his symptoms.
  • {{seeCites}}
  • manful
mangina etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • /mænˈdʒaɪnə/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A man with a pronounced feminine side, or a weak masculine side.
  2. (slang) A homosexual or bisexual man's anus and rectum
manhair etymology man + hair
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A man's androgenic hair
    • 1973, Edmund Miller, Fucking animals: a book of poems, link Darkling cheeks of undisguisable, sprouting manhair...
    • 1981, Generalist Association, Pulpsmith: Volume 1, link Pus-filled stitches pocked the sweaty manhair like stones jutting from a Scottish moor.
    • 2011, Mickey Erlach, Boys of Chi Omega Chi Kappa, page 53 The young men became crazy-wild because a straight guy nicknamed Pretty Boy had to sniff some dude-navel and triangular manhair between a frat guy's toned legs.
  2. (informal) An individual hair on a man's body
man ho
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A promiscuous man.
    • 2006 June 22, "Broken heart" (username), "Re: I can't do this anymore", in alt.suicide.methods, Usenet: I dont like man hoes.
    • 2007, Jo Edwards, Go Figure, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-1-4169-2492-0, page 91: “He’s kind of a man ho,” she says, confirming my suspicions. … ¶ “How many girls has he slept with?”
    • 2007 May 6, "willow" (username), "Re: Why isn't J Young used as a 'test rodent' for untested chemicals", in alt.abortion and other newsgroups, Usenet: How about, all you care about are man hos that plow, plant, reject and abandon that which they have helped create by encouraging women to murder the babies?
    • 2008, P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast, Untamed: A House of Night Novel, St. Martin’s Press, ISBN 978-0-312-37983-4, page 215: Aphrodite snorted. “I bet it was him feeling the list, not them. No one wants a guy who’s a man ho, no matter how hot he is.”
    • 2010, Clifton G. Pickard, Jr., Stronger Than Gravity, Dorrance Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4349-9014-3, page 223: “Man, you crazy,” said Mikel. “… You just a straight up man ho, yo. You can’t be a playa for ever though.”
Synonyms: (male prostitute) gigolo, man whore/man-whore/manwhore
  • oh man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A manicure
    • {{quote-news}}
related terms:
  • mani-pedi
  • Amin
  • iman
  • main, Main
  • mina
  • NAMI
manicky etymology manic + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having a mania, or behaving as if one had a mania; manic.
    • 1984, Spencer A. Rathus, Psychology (page 445) In the elated, or manicky phase, people may show excessive excitement or silliness, carrying jokes too far.
manic pixie dream girl etymology Coined by film critic Nathan Rabin after seeing Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown (2005).
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (film, sometimes, derogatory) A stock female character, typically characterized as a bubbly, quirky free spirit, whose main purpose within a narrative is to teach a young male protagonist to embrace the mysteries and adventure of life.
manimal etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fanciful life form that is part human and part beast; a creature recognizable as human but possessing physical or primitive behavioral characteristics that are exclusive to animals.
    • 2004 January 1, Christopher Miles, “Kori Newkirk; the project”, Artforum International Magazine Standing naked against a wintry landscape, the figure became a screen for the projection of identities--beast, bigfoot, manimal, specter, even, to use a word Newkirk's work encourages one to use in all its dangerousness, spook.
    • 2006 February 1, Paul Z. Myers, Pharyngula, ScienceBlogs President panders to anti-manimal lobby! Dr Moreau flees country in rage!
    • 2006 February 4, Charlie Pierce, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, National Public Radio Two years ago we were going to Mars, and that sort of didn't happen...and now there's, like, manimal.
  2. (slang, by analogy) A person compared to such a creature, especially an unkempt and uncivilized, or strong and sexually aggressive man.
    • 2004 January 1, Michael Burnett, “Tumyeto army”, Thrasher, High Speed Productions, Inc. Layton smacked his head hard on a front feeble, but bounced back up to get the make. That kid's a manimal. "Oh, he's so on the team," Diego kept saying.
Synonyms: (individual) macho man
  • mailman
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Hawaii, slang) Small.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. , a species of surgeonfish.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Using manipulation purposefully.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. Tending to manipulate others.
  3. (pejorative) Reaching one's goals at the expense of other people by using them.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A manipulable object designed to demonstrate a mathematical concept.
    • {{quote-news}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (musici, Ireland, informal) A mandolin-banjo
Synonyms: banjolin, banjo-mandolin, mandolin-banjo
etymology 1 From Middle English manken, from Old English mancian, bemancian, of obscure origin. Cognate with Dutch and gml mank, Middle High German manc. Perhaps from Latin mancus, from Proto-Indo-European *mank-, *menk-.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To mutilate.
related terms:
  • mangle
etymology 2 Via , from Italian mancare, from Latin mancus. See above.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, slang, originally Polari) Disgusting, repulsive. When he eats, he never closes his mouth. It's so mank.
Synonyms: manky slang, ming slang, minging slang
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, originally Polari) Something that is disgusting or manky. The plumber had to get all the mank out of the drain.
manky pronunciation
  • /ˈmæŋki/
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (British, Scotland, Ireland, slang) Unpleasantly dirty and disgusting.
    • 2005, Justin Peter Beaney, Kasdeja's Children, "He don't want those," his father said, holding a bag of apples at the end of an outstretched arm as if they were a danger to his health, "they're all... manky."
    • 2010, Marian Keyes, The Brightest Star in the Sky, "Speaking of which—" Fionn starts foostering in the pocket of his manky old jacket—"I've probably got something for you."
man milk Alternative forms: man-milk
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) semen
    • 2010, Mickey Erlach, Boys Getting Ahead, page 25 But, my mind was taken off the pain by the sensation of the man's cock unloading into my fuck hole. He pushed into me, sending jet after jet of sticky white man milk into the deepest part of my bowels.
    • 2008, Ted Gay, Uniforms & Cumsluts I sucked and sucked on his nuts, then he rammed his cock in my mouth again, and sure enough he was soon feeding me the sweetest, creamiest man-milk I'd ever tasted.
    • 2008, John Patrick, Come Again: Volume 2, page 79 At the same time, Tonio pulled his cock out of my ass, shooting his own man-milk into the ground.
manny etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A male nanny (for children).
    • 2006 [Perry Taylor] has popped up in supermarket tabloids as the male nanny – or "manny" – for Britney Spears, who has a 9-month-old son, Sean Preston and is pregnant. — CBS News, 9 June 2006
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Involving sexual contact between men; homosexual
  2. (sports) referring to a defensive play where each player man-mark his opposing number.
manopause etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The andropause; the male equivalent of female menopause.
manor Alternative forms: manour (obsolete) etymology From Old French manoir. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmænə/
  • (US) /ˈmænər/
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A landed estate.
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. The main house of such an estate or a similar residence; a mansion.
  3. A district over which a feudal lord could exercise certain right and privilege in medieval western Europe.
  4. The lord's residence and seat of control in such a district.
  5. (UK, slang) Any home area or territory in which authority is exercised, often in a police or criminal context.
    • 1983, John Mortimer, In character, Allen Lane, page 77 'I'm a fatalist,' said Mr James Anderton, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester. [...] James Anderton in his suite of offices on the eleventh floor of the modern glass-and-concrete police building, looking out over his domain, his patch, his manor.
    • 2006, Eugene McLaughlin, The New Policing, page 23 Dixon, who was finally promoted to sergeant in 1964, policed his 'Dock Green' manor until May 1976 and 'Evening, all' had become a national catchphrase.
    • 2013, Nigel Blundell, The World's Most Evil Gangs, John Blake Publishing (ISBN 9781782198031) On his release from prison in Holland, Warren returned to his Merseyside 'manor' to resume his role as' King of Coke'.
  6. (London, slang) One's neighbourhood.
    • 2005, July 5, Mark Oliver, "Beckham kicks off last minute Olympics campaigning", The Guardian Beckham was asked what it would mean for the Olympics to be held in his old neighbourhood. "You mean my manor?" Beckham replied, in fluent East End argot. "I'm obviously from the East End, so it would be incredible for me if it was held there. It could go down as one of the best games in history."
    • 2012, July 30, Shekhar Bhatia, "My East End manor is now as smart as Notting Hill", The Evening Standard
    • 2012, August 19, Robert Chalmers, "Golden balls: West Ham United's co-owner reveals his cunning plan for the Olympic stadium", The Independent And, Gold adds, he can understand that West Ham's famously dedicated supporters, Londoners though they themselves mainly are, may mistrust businessmen "coming into the club and talking about loyalty. But this is my manor. I worked on Stratford Market, where the Olympic Stadium sits now. I remember the bomb falling on West Ham football ground and thinking: my God, they're coming after me. West Ham is my passion."
related terms:
  • manorial
  • manorialism
  • manor house
  • manorless
  • moran, Moran
  • morna
  • norma, Norma
  • roman, Roman
manorexia etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, informal) anorexia nervosa (or any similar eating disorder) when occurring in a male.
related terms:
  • manorexic
manorexic etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) male and anorexic; suffering from manorexia
manparts etymology man + parts
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) The male genitalia.
manpris etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (plurale tantum, slang) Capri pants that are worn by men.
    • 2002, Sally Cragin, "Chillin' With Surfers and Sick Waves," Boston Globe, Mar 20, 2002: "Manpris" is a derogatory term for Capri-style pants for men.
    • 2006, Jim Ryan, "Federer's game has no weaknesses," SportingNews, July 9, 2006, : The young Spaniard's vivacity and flair is the perfect foil to Federer's stoicism and meticulousness. Hell, I'm even beginning to come around on the manpris (OK, maybe not).
    • 2007, Olivia Barker and Mary Cadden, "Dumpy dads yield fashionable fathers," USA Today, Jun 13, 2007, pg. 6D Her husband has one uniform to accompany his always untamed mane, and it's not a particularly flattering one: He's addicted to black Hush Puppies ("he will not wear any other shoe but these — even in the summer"), the color black and, perhaps most insidiously, "manpris" — capri pants for men.
    • 2007, Sarah van Schagen and Sarah K. Burkhalter, "From Bend It to Blow It," Grist Magazine, 27 Jul 2007, : But Leo's fanny pack was a Titanic mistake ... and we can only hope it's near the 11th hour for manpris.
Synonyms: man capris
manpurse etymology From man + purse.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A purse worn by a man.
    • 2003, "Marsee 11-liter tankbag. (Gear)." Rider, Jul 1, 2003: A friend of my daughter's saw the Marsee tankbag on my desk and asked if it was my new manpurse.
    • 2005, Lisa Olson, "PEDRO THE STARTER HAS SHOT TO SHOW US HE'S A STOPPER," New York Daily News, April 10th 2005, : Dressed in a vibrant pink shirt and carrying a designer leather manpurse, Martinez strolled into the visitors' clubhouse late yesterday afternoon and loudly exclaimed, "I'm here! Did anybody miss me?"
    • 2005, Kathleen McElroy, "Super Double Top Secret," New York Times, August 29, 2005, : The new rules also mean no oversized tennis bags stuffed with wine bottles (glass and alcohol are forbidden) and a picnic's worth of food. Ladies, think purse. Gentlemen, think "manpurse."
    • 2007, Olivia Barker and Mary Cadden, "Dumpy dads yield fashionable fathers," USA Today, Jun 13, 2007, pg. 6D Kelly recommends to-the-knee cargo shorts instead for a more modern look. Bonus: "The pockets are great for holding all your stuff." (Because who can really pull off the manpurse?)
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  • superman, Superman
man pussy Alternative forms: man-pussy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, gay slang) the anus of a man, usually the passive participant in gay sex
    • 2010, Michael Gleich, Sarge and the Sailor Boy With the floor cleaned and swept with the use of his ass, the men were getting horny watching the talented hole at work."How about a little man-pussy, Sarge?" someone asked.
    • 2006, John Patrick, Taboo!: The Lure of the Forbidden, page 90 As my lover continued to plow into my tender man-pussy, he pulled me closer to him, kissing me passionately with each violent fuck.
    • 2005, John Butler, The Gay Utopia, page 83 On a surprisingly large number of those occasions, gentle, submissive, effeminate Danny also received a lot of blow-jobs and fucked a lot of man-pussy himself.
    • 1995, Perry Brass, Albert, or, The Book of Man, page 93 We're up for a little man-pussy, Albert. Me and Jake, we're gonna get our dicks into you, you cute little shit.
manscara etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Mascara designed for and/or marketed toward men.
    • 2008, Renyi Lim, "Nailing the Look: Men", in "Graveyard Glamour", Quench (Cardiff University), Issue 72, October 2008, page 24 (approx.): With the invention of male cosmetics such as 'guyliner' and 'manscara' by Superdrug, fashion-conscious young men have no excuse to avoid this autumn's dark romantic goth trend just because they don't have a girlfriend to steal eyeliner from.
    • 2009, Lara Fox, Miss Understanding: My Year In Agony, Hodder Children's Books (2010), ISBN 9781844569847, unnumbered page: Dad had dyed his hair and may even have been wearing manscara.
    • 2013, "Blokey Beauty: guyliner?", The Courier (Newcastle University), Issue 1282, 2 December 2013, page 19: Annah Baines and David Leighton discuss their views on whether they think a bit of 'manscara' and 'guyliner' is acceptable, or whether it's a crime against hu-man-ity
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