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mansicle etymology man + sicle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) A cold or frozen man.
    • 2010, Amy Goldman Koss, The Not-So-Great Depression, Roaring Brook Press (2010), ISBN 9781429936644, page 204: Or did he freeze into an Alaskan mansicle ice statute with dogsicles and snotsicles?
    • 2014, Mike Richards, 100 Things Everyone Else Is Wrong About, Penguin (2014), ISBN 9780143193074, unnumbered page: You want to camp in the snow and become a "mansicle," that's up to you, but the sane mind says, "Sleeping in snow under canvas, bad."
    • 2015, Christi Barth, All for You, Carina Press (2015), ISBN 9781426899515, unnumbered page: What was she supposed to do with a six-foot-tall mansicle frozen in place at the edge of the lake?
mansion Alternative forms: mansioun (obsolete) etymology xno, from Latin mansiō, from the past participle stem of manēre. pronunciation
  • /ˈmæn(t)ʃən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{senseid}} A large house or building, usually built for the wealthy.
  2. (UK) A luxurious flat (apartment).
  3. (obsolete) A house provided for a clergyman; a manse.
  4. (obsolete) A stopping-place during a journey; a stage.
  5. (historical) An astrological house; a station of the moon.
    • Late 14th century: Which book spak muchel of the operaciouns / Touchynge the eighte and twenty mansiouns / That longen to the moone — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
  6. (Chinese astronomy) One of twenty-eight sections of the sky.
  7. (chiefly in the plural) An individual habitation or apartment within a large house or group of buildings. (Now chiefly in allusion to John 14:2.)
    • 1611, Bible, Authorized (King James) Version, John XIV.2: In my Father's house are many mansions {{transterm}}: if it were not so, I would have told you.
    • Denham These poets near our princes sleep, / And in one grave their mansions keep.
    • 2003, The Economist, (subtitle), 18 Dec 2003: The many mansions in one east London house of God.
  8. Any of the branches of the Rastafari movement.
related terms:
  • manor
  • manse
  • Japanese: マンション 〈manshon〉 (borrowed)
  • amnions, Minoans, onanism
manslut etymology man + slut
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A womanizer, lothario, a promiscuous man
    • 2000, Red Jordan Arobateau, Street of dreams, page 78 I'm raping you manslut." A smile of satisfaction on her lips as she rapes me with her phallus nightstick.
    • 2004, Details: Volume 22, Issues 7-10, link A zit, after all, isn'ta cold sore on your lip, making you look like a diseased manslut.
    • 2006, Stefan G. Bucher, All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers, link The Tommy in the novel is a pansexual pill-popping manslut...
    • 2008, Ryan Spear, Mikey Jr.: A Script, page 32 You're right, before everything that happened this morningI did plan on marrying you, having children with you, and starting a family, but that was all before I found out that I'm engaged to the world's biggest manslut.
    • 2010, Joshilyn Jackson, Backseat Saints, link Tre is a manslut.
    • 2011, Emma Forest, Your Voice in My Head: A Memoir, link GH is an unwashed manslut.
    • 2012, Lisa Marie Rice, Nightfire: A Protectors Novel: Marine Force Recon, link For the Mike they knew, formerly known as the “manslut,” this behavior was incomprehensible.
    • 2012, Amy Lane, Super Sock Man, page 3 And he's a real manslut, too. He must pick up a different guy a week!
related terms:
  • he-bitch, manwhore
Synonyms: See also
mansplain {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}, after mansplaining. pronunciation
  • (UK) /manˈspleɪn/
  • (US) /ˌmænˈspleɪn/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, derogatory, chiefly Internet) To explain (something) condescendingly (to a female listener), especially to explain something the listener already knows, presuming that she has an inferior understanding of it because she is a woman.
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related terms:
  • mansplainer
  • mansplaining
  • mansplanation
coordinate terms:
  • cissplain
  • straightsplain
  • whitesplain
mansplainer etymology mansplain + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, derogatory, chiefly Internet) One (especially a man) who mansplain.
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related terms:
  • mansplain
  • mansplanation
mansplaining etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, chiefly Internet) The act of explaining (something) condescendingly (to a female listener), especially to explain something the listener already knows, presuming that she has an inferior understanding of it because she is a woman.
    • 2013, Debbie Cerda, "Foreward", in Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap, American Palate (2013), ISBN 9781626190948, page 7: Or perhaps it's because I empathize with the phenomenon of mansplaining that happens too often to women in the craft beer community.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of mansplain
mansplanation etymology From mansplain and explanation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, derogatory) The act of mansplain.
  2. (countable, derogatory) The result of mansplaining: an condescending explanation given by a male explainer to a female listener, especially to explain something the listener already knows, presuming that she has an inferior understanding of it because she is a woman.
manspreading etymology man + spreading
noun: {{hot word}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The practice of men splay their leg open wide when sitting on public transport, thus occupying more than one seat.
    • 2014, Emma G. Fitzsimmons, "A Scourge Is Spreading. M.T.A.’s Cure? Dude, Close Your Legs", The New York Times, 20 December 2014: The new ads — aimed at curbing rude behavior like manspreading and wearing large backpacks on crowded trains — are set to go up in the subways next month.
    • 2015, Margaret Wente, "Advice to younger women: Practise manning up", The Globe and Mail, 10 January 2015: Manspreading is certainly bad manners in a crowded subway – and so is other stuff, like people wielding giant backpacks.
    • 2015, Natasha Devon, "The rise of stranger shaming: How humiliating others became acceptable", The Independent, 16 January 2015: Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram show thousands pictures of men engaging in this behaviour, and New York's transit authority launched a campaign against 'manspreading', with a Tumblr dedicated: Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train.
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manstress etymology {{blend}}, not attested before 1980.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A male equivalent of "mistress"; a male object of one's affections who lies outside of one's primary relationship. Tom and Nicole had been married for several years, but it was well known that she was keeping a manstress on the side.
    • Edward P Moser, Words to Live By, published in the Wall Street Journal on the 25th of March, 1997, as quoted by "Dreyfus2u" (username) on the 26th of March, 1997, "Need WSJ article 3-25-97 -- RE: 10 Commandments...", in alt.current-events.clinton.whitewater, Usenet: 4. Thou shalt commit adultery, or preadultery: If it feeleth good, do it. Particularly if you're French, and keeping a mistress or manstress is expected.
  • smartness
manther etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, slang) A man of middle age who actively seeks the casual, often sexual, companionship of younger women, typically less than 35 years old; by implication a “sexual predator”.
    • 2010, Brian Griffin, The Trustafarian Handbook: A Field Guide to the Neo-Hippie Lifestyle Funded by Mom and Dad, Adams Media (2010), ISBN 9781440502156, page 195: Cougars and manthers (which you should have heard of by now—or you can at least intuit) are always on the hunt for the energetic, supple, and naive.
    • 2011, Dennis J. Stevens, Wicked Women: A Journey of Super Predators, iUniverse (2011), ISBN 9781450274043, page 50: “Jolo was a dick magnet but preferred manthers (older men who preyed on younger women) who spend lots of cash on her and me.”
    • 2012, "Picks of the week", Vancouver Courier, 20 April 2012, page A37: All of these questions and more will be answered when Loverboy unleashes its well-oiled, classic rock canon on a sea of sweaty cougars and manthers grinding against one another to “Turn Me Loose,” April 21 at the Commodore.
  • cradle robber, cradle snatcher
coordinate terms:
  • cougar (North America)
mantit etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar, sometimes humorous) A man's breast, pectoral, or nipple
man tit Alternative forms: man boob
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Gynecomastia, large or womanly breast on a male.
mantyhose etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) Pantyhose designed for and/or marketed toward men.
    • 2009, "'Mantyhose', latest fad for men!", The Times of India, 16 January 2009: The site is devoted to "accelerating the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item," and features a how-to guide for wearing mantyhose properly.
    • 2012, Allison Berry, "Introducing Mantyhose. Yes, Mantyhose.", Time, 8 March 2012: Mantyhose have been popular in Europe – that bastion of progressive, gender-neutral fashion – for years, but have only recently gained traction in the U.S.
    • 2012, Maureen Dowd, "Manlashes, Manscara and Mantyhose", The New York Times, 10 March 2012: Their mantyhose are most popular with customers from Germany, France, Scandinavia, Canada and the United States.
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Synonyms: brosiery (informal), guylons (informal)
manufacture {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French manufacture, from Old French, from Malayalam manufatura, from manufactus, a compound of , manū being ablative of manus, and factus past participle of faciō. (compare main, manual, facture.) pronunciation
  • (UK) ˌmænjʊˈfæktʃə
  • (US) ˌmænjuˈfæktʃɚ
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action or process of making good systematically or on a large scale.
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  2. Anything made, formed or produced; product.
    • Jonathan Swift The roads are crowded with carriers, laden with rich manufactures.
  3. (figuratively) The process of such production; generation, creation.
    • 1919, , : Our lawgivers take special pride in the ever active manufacture of new bills and laws.
related terms:
  • manufact
  • manufactory
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To make things, usually on a large scale, with tool and either physical labor or machinery.
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  2. (transitive) To work (raw or partly wrought materials) into suitable forms for use. to manufacture wool into blankets
  3. (derogatory) To fabricate; to create false evidence to support a point.
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related terms:
  • manufacturer
Man Upstairs etymology From the traditional Biblical notions of a masculine God and a Heaven located above the Earth.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) God.
    • 1972, Harold Edward Fey, The Christian Century Reader A rhapsodic inquiry greets us from the TV screen and the radio: "Have you talked to the Man Upstairs?" God is a friendly neighbor who dwells in the apartment just above. Call on him any time, especially if you are feeling a little blue.
    • 2000, Lee Roberson, Diamonds in the Rough "Oh, you know, the Man upstairs has been good to this person." I kept on pressing for an explanation. Finally I was told, "Oh, you know, the Man upstairs—He's the One who answers prayer."
    • 2007, Ellen Santilli Vaughn, Time Peace: Living Here and Now with a Timeless God God can't be found in unsanctified imaginations or in the caricatures of pop culture. He is not The Man Upstairs. He does not "help those who help themselves."
manwhore etymology man + whore
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A man who sells his body for money; a male prostitute.
    • 1999: Dec. 10, Michael O'Sullivan, “Not Just a 'Gigolo'”, Washington Post A schmo who finds love by prostituting himself is...rather sweet in a sophomoric, manwhore-with-a-heart-of-gold kind of way.
    • 2005: July 30, Dr. Duncan Black, “The Mob”, Eschaton, at He lied about his past military service and had spend [sic.] recent years being a $200/hr manwhore.
    • 2006 Farrell Kaye, Helltown: The Adventures of the Midnight Man, page 217: He's a man-whore, Paige. He seduces women for money. He seduced you and countless married women without any care for the consequences.
  2. (slang) A promiscuous man who has no regard for his sexual partners or the emotional value of his relationships.
    • 2005: July 6, Jennifer Balderas, “Daddy's Little Girl Demon” [sic.], Finding Her Life, at Apparently these guys are total horndogs and manwhores and yadda yadda.
    • 2005: September 18, “Dirty D.”, “Lost Romanticism and the Manwhore”, DiaryLand, at Nora and I reminisced and compared how we were treated by the manwhore and by the nice guy.
Synonyms: (male prostitute): gigolo, (promiscuous man): womanizer, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare) to prostitute oneself, as a man
man with the ax etymology So-called because, while the other three king cards are commonly depicted with swords, the king of diamonds is depicted with an ax.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (card games slang) the king of diamonds in a deck of playing cards
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Synonyms: king of diamonds
Manx etymology Altered from Maniske, from assumed Old Norse *manskr, an adjectival form of Mon, from Old Irish Mana. pronunciation
  • /mæŋks/, {{enPR}}
  • (US) /meɪŋks/, {{enPR}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Relating to the Isle of Man and/or its Celto-Germanic people.
  2. Relating to the Manx language (also known as Manx Gaelic), a Goidelic language of the Celtic family.
  3. Relating to the Manx cat breed.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member or descendant of the Celto-Germanic people of the Isle of Man; a Manxman or Manxwoman.
  2. A breed of domestic cat native to the Isle of Man, principally characterized by suppression of the tail, and with a short-haired coat and rounded, cobby body.
  3. A cat of the Manx breed; a Manx cat.
  4. (uncountable) Manx Gaelic
Synonyms: (cat of the Manx breed) Manx cat
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. Manx Gaelic, a Goidelic Celtic language spoken on the Isle of Man.
Synonyms: Manx Gaelic
Manx Gaelic
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. the native language of the Isle of Man.
Synonyms: Manx
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man from the Isle of Man
related terms:
  • Manx
  • Manxwoman
many happies
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal) many happy returns
manzilian etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cosmetic treatment involving complete removal of a man's pubic hair by waxing.
    • 2008, Nathan Sauer and Paddy Hint, "Blokes go for manzilians, manscara and guyliner", Courier-Mail, 14 August 2008: "The manzilian is something I think all men know about, yet I have no doubt the average person would be surprised by the idea."
    • 2009, Rachel Skybetter, "Manscaping: Waxing poetic about the razor's lost edge", The Olympian, 28 September 2009: These days, the majority of her business is from guys seeking "manzilians." She does about 30 per month, up from five per month when she first began.
    • 2010, Christi Smith Scofield & Ted Scofield, Sexy Slang's Bedroom Challenges: 69 Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life, Sourcebooks (2010), ISBN 9781402241536, page 22: If you are "ballsy," you can go for a "manzilian." Just like a woman's Brazilian, wax is applied all the way from your front to the back and everywhere in between, including the jewels.
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Synonyms: boyzilian
Maotai {{wikipedia}} etymology From the pinyin romanization of cmn 茅台酒 〈máo tái jiǔ〉.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of Moutai
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Hermaphrodite.
map of Tasmania etymology From the perceived similarity between the roughly triangular shapes of a woman's pubic hair and the Australian island state of .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, slang) The female pubic hair.
    • 2011, (feat. ), "Map of Tasmania", : Walking down the street I'm the lady - ah / Showing off my map of Tasmania
Synonyms: map of Tassie, See also .
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map of Tassie etymology Refers to the supposed similarity in shape between the female pubic region and the roughly triangular form of Tassie.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (Australia, slang) The female pubic hair.
    • 2001, , 2012, 10.5: The Popcorn Gangster, [http//|%22maps+of+Tassie%22+department+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bsSnT6LXBu3ImQX_iM3hBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22map%20of%20Tassie%22|%22maps%20of%20Tassie%22%20department%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Then we would start a massive international ad campaign to lure tourists and rich old settlers. Something like . . . ‘Come and bury yourself in the map of Tassie.’ Could just work.
    • 2012, Roxy Jacenko, Strictly Confidential: A Jazzy Lou Novel, [http//|%22maps+of+Tassie%22+department+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bsSnT6LXBu3ImQX_iM3hBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22map%20of%20Tassie%22|%22maps%20of%20Tassie%22%20department%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 4], If this were elsewhere in Australia, say the Apple Isle, my start would probably have come in the form of a kitsch pair of undies tastelessly plastered with an invitation to view my map of Tassie.
    • 2012, Margareta Osborn, Bella′s Run, [http//|%22maps+of+Tassie%22+department+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bsSnT6LXBu3ImQX_iM3hBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22map%20of%20Tassie%22|%22maps%20of%20Tassie%22%20department%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 223], Her skirt was rucked up to her map of Tassie as she rested, soaking up the last of the afternoon′s heat.
Synonyms: map of Tasmania, See also .
maraca {{wikipedia}} etymology From Portuguese, derived from tpw maráka{{}} or Guarani mbaraka. pronunciation
  • (UK) /məˈɹæ.kə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (musical instruments) A Latin American percussion instrument consisting of a hollow-gourd rattle containing pebble or bean and often played in pair, as a rhythm instrument.
  2. (slang, in the plural) breasts
marble orchard etymology From analogy with an orchard, because the marble or other stone grave marker are arranged in rows like planted trees.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A cemetery.
Synonyms: See also .
etymology 1 From Middle English mare, mere, from Old English mere, miere, from Proto-Germanic *marhijō, from Proto-Indo-European *mark-, *marḱ- 〈*marḱ-〉. Cognate with Scots mere, meir, mear, Northern Frisian mar, Western Frisian merje, Dutch merrie, German Mähre, Danish mær, Swedish märr, Icelandic meri. Related also to Old English mearh. Alternative etymology cites derivation via Old English mere, miere, from Proto-Germanic *marhijō (compare Dutch merrie, German Mähre), from *marhaz (compare Old English mearh), from Gaulish markos (compare Welsh march), from Iranian marikas (compare Old Persian marikas 'male, manly'), from maryas (compare Avestan mairya 'man; male animal'); akin to Sanskrit máryas 'young man; stallion'. More at marry. pronunciation
  • (British) /mɛə/
  • (US) /ˈmɛ(ə)ɹ/
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  • {{homophones}} (in many dialects)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An adult female horse.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge,{{nb...}}.
  2. (UK, pejorative, slang) A foolish woman.
    • 2007, Hester Browne, Little Lady, Big Apple The silly mare phoned your mother, talking about applying for a mortgage, and we don't want that, do we?
  • stallion and gelding refer to adult male horses (a colt refers to an immature one)
coordinate terms:
  • (adult female horse) foal and filly refer to younger horses, pony can refer to adult horses of either gender under a certain height.
etymology 2 From Middle English mare, from Old English mare, from Proto-Germanic *marǭ (compare Dutch (dial.) mare, German (dial.) Mahr, Old Norse mara ( > Danish mare, Swedish mara 'incubus, nightmare')), from Proto-Indo-European *mor-. Akin to Old Irish Morrígain 'elf queen', Albanian tmerr, Polish zmora 'nightmare', Czech mura 'nightmare, moth', Greek Μόρα 〈Móra〉. pronunciation
  • (British) /mɛə/
  • (US) /ˈmɛ(ə)ɹ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, outside, dialects) A type of evil spirit thought to sit on the chest of a sleeping person; also the feeling of suffocation felt during sleep; a nightmare.
  2. (UK, colloquial) (Shortening of nightmare) A nightmare; a frustrating or terrible experience. I'm having a complete mare today.
etymology 3 From Latin mare. pronunciation
  • /ˈmɑːreɪ/, /ˈmeːri/, /ˈmɑːri/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (planetology) A dark, large circular plain; a “sea”.
  2. (planetology) On Saturn's moon Titan, a large expanse of what is thought to be liquid hydrocarbon.
  • Amer., amer., Erma, ream
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marge pronunciation
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etymology 1 From French marge, from Latin margo, of gem origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Border; margin; edge; verge.
    • 1610, , by , act 4 scene 1 [...] And thy sea-marge, sterile and rocky-hard, Where thou thyself dost air [...]
    • 1874, , the long curved crest Which swells out two leagues from the river marge.
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etymology 2 Shortened from the word margarine.
noun: marge (uncountable)
  1. (colloquial, UK, NZ) margarine.
  • gamer
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Marijuana.
    • 2000, Bradley M. Fralick, Through My Head: Essays by a Brain Injury Survivor, Xlibris (2000), ISBN 9781477176702, unnumbered page: And it's all because of those innocent little tokes on that pipeful of MARIHOOCHIE.
    • 2004, Poe Ballantine, God Clobbers Us All, Hawthorne Books (2004), ISBN 9780983304944, unnumbered page: Slowly I reach toward my cigarette pack for the marihoochie, {{…}}
    • 2013, Robert Andrew Mannie, Dolphin Days, Xlibris (2013), ISBN 9781483613055, page 23: “Would you like to smoke some marihoochie?” Indio asked her.
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Synonyms: See also .
marijuana Alternative forms: marihuana etymology {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} From Mexican Spanish marihuana, from mariguan. First attested from 1894 of uncertain origin; possibly from nah mallihuan. Alteration by influence of the proper name María Juana is believed to be folk etymology. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˌmɛɹ‌ɪˈwɑ.n‌ə/, /ˌmæɹ-/, /-ˈhwɑ-/
  • (RP) /ˌmæɹ‌ɪˈwɑː.n‌ə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Drug smoked or ingested for euphoric effect, . After smoking a bowl of that fine marijuana, they ate some brownies.
  2. The hemp plant itself, .
Synonyms: See also
mark {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: marke (obsolete), merk (obsolete) pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɑːk/, (US) /mɑɹk/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English mark, merk, merke, from Old English mearc, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *marǵ-. Cognate with Dutch mark, merk, German Mark, French marque, Swedish mark, Icelandic mark, Latin margo, Sanskrit मर्या 〈maryā〉 and मार्ग 〈mārga〉. Compare march.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heading) Boundary, land within a boundary.
    1. (obsolete) A boundary; a border or frontier. {{defdate}}
    2. (obsolete) A boundary-post or fence. {{defdate}}
    3. A stone or post used to indicate position and guide travellers. {{defdate}}
      • 1859, Henry Bull, A history, military and municipal, of the ancient borough of the Devizes: I do remember a great thron in Yatton field near Bristow-way, against which Sir William Waller's men made a great fire and killed it. I think the stump remains, and was a mark for travellers.
    4. (archaic) A type of small region or principality. {{defdate}}
      • 1954, J R R Tolkien, The Two Towers: There dwells Théoden son of Thengel, King of the Mark of Rohan.
    5. (historical) A common, or area of common land, especially among early Germanic peoples. {{defdate}}
  2. (heading) Characteristic, sign, visible impression.
    1. An omen; a symptomatic indicator of something. {{defdate}}
      • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice: depend upon it, you will speedily receive from me a letter of thanks for this as well as for every other mark of your regard during my stay in Hertfordshire.
    2. A characteristic feature. {{defdate}} A good sense of manners is the mark of a true gentleman.
      • 1643, Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici: there is surely a physiognomy, which those experienced and master mendicants observe, whereby they instantly discover a merciful aspect, and will single out a face, wherein they spy the signatures and marks of mercy.
    3. A visible impression or sign; a blemish, scratch, or stain, whether accidental or intentional. {{defdate}}
      • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula: Then she put before her face her poor crushed hands, which bore on their whiteness the red mark of the Count's terrible grip{{nb...}}.
    4. A sign or brand on a person. {{defdate}}
      • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, III.iv.2.6: Doubt not of thine election, it is an immutable decree; a mark never to be defaced: you have been otherwise, you may and shall be.
    5. A written character or sign. {{defdate}} The font wasn't able to render all the diacritical marks properly.
    6. A stamp or other indication of provenance, quality etc. {{defdate}} With eggs, you need to check for the quality mark before you buy.
      • Knight The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light.
    7. (obsolete) Resemblance, likeness, image. {{defdate}}
      • c.1380, Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales: Which mankynde is so fair part of thy werk / That thou it madest lyk to thyn owene merk.
    8. A particular design or make of an item (now usually with following numeral). {{defdate}} Presenting…my patented travelator, mark two.
    9. A score for finding the correct answer, or other academic achievement; the sum of such point gained as out of a possible total. {{defdate}} What mark did you get in your history test?
  3. (heading) Indicator of position, objective etc.
    1. A target for shoot at with a projectile. {{defdate}}
      • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.1: A skilfull archer ought first to know the marke he aimeth at, and then apply his hand, his bow, his string, his arrow and his motion accordingly.
      • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, p.37: To give them an accurate eye and strength of arm, none under twenty-four years of age might shoot at any standing mark, except it was for a rover, and then he was to change his mark at every shot; and no person above that age might shoot at any mark whose distance was less than eleven score yards.
    2. An indication or sign used for reference or measurement. {{defdate}} I filled the bottle up to the 500ml mark.
    3. The target or intended victim of a swindle, fixed game or con game. {{defdate}}
    4. (obsolete) The female genitals. {{defdate}}
      • 1596, William Shakespeare, Love's Labours Lost, I.4: A mark saies my Lady. Let the mark haue a prick in't, to meate at, if it may be.
      • 1749, John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Penguin, 1985, p.68: her thighs were still spread, and the mark lay fair for him, who, now kneeling between them, displayed to us a side-view of that fierce erect machine of his{{nb...}}.
    5. (Australian rules football) A catch of the ball directly from a kick of 10 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick. {{defdate}}
    6. (sports) The line indicating an athlete's starting-point. {{defdate}}
    7. A score for a sporting achievement. {{defdate}}
    8. {{rfdef}}
      • 1871, Chicago Board of Education, Annual Report (vol.17, p.102) A mark for tardiness or for absence is considered by most pupils a disgrace, and strenuous efforts are made to avoid such a mark.
    9. (cooking) A specified level on a scale denoting gas-powered oven temperatures. {{defdate}} Now put the pastry in at 450 degrees, or mark 8.
    10. Limit or standard of action or fact. to be within the mark;  to come up to the mark
    11. Badge or sign of honour, rank, or official station.
      • Shakespeare In the official marks invested, you / Anon do meet the Senate.
    12. (archaic) Preeminence; high position. patricians of mark;  a fellow of no mark
    13. (logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
    14. (nautical) One of the bits of leather or coloured bunting placed upon a sound line at intervals of from two to five fathom. (The unmarked fathoms are called "deep".)
  4. (heading) Attention.
    1. (archaic) Attention, notice. {{defdate}} His last comment is particularly worthy of mark.
    2. Importance, noteworthiness. (Generally in postmodifier “of mark”.) {{defdate}}
      • 1909, Richard Burton, Masters of the English Novel: in the short story of western flavor he was a pioneer of mark, the founder of a genre: probably no other writer is so significant in his field.
    3. (obsolete) Regard; respect.
      • Shakespeare as much in mock as mark
Synonyms: Mk (abbreviation), Mk. (abbreviation)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To put a mark upon; to make recognizable by a mark. to mark a box or bale of merchandise to mark clothing with one's name
  2. To indicate in some way for later reference. exampleShe folded over the corner of the page to mark where she left off reading. This monument marks the spot where Wolfe died. His courage and energy marked him as a leader.
  3. To take note of. exampleMark my words: that boy's up to no good.
    • Bible, Psalms xxxvii. 37 Mark the perfect man.
  4. To blemish, scratch, or stain. See where this pencil has marked the paper.
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    exampleThe floor was marked with wine and blood.
  5. To indicate the correctness of and give a score to an essay, exam answers, etc. exampleThe teacher had to spend her weekend marking all the tests.
  6. To keep account of; to enumerate and register. to mark the points in a game of billiards or a card game
  7. (Australian Rules football) To catch the ball directly from a kick of 15 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  8. (sports) To follow a player not in possession of the ball when defending, to prevent them receiving a pass easily.
  9. (golf) To put a marker in the place of one's ball.
  10. (singing) To sing softly, and perhaps an octave lower than usual, in order to protect one's voice during a rehearsal.
Synonyms: (indicate correctness and give score) score, grade
etymology 2 From Middle English mark, from Old English marc, from Proto-Germanic *marką, from Proto-Indo-European *marǵ-. Cognate with Dutch mark, German Mark, Swedish mark, Icelandic mörk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A measure of weight (especially for gold and silver), once used throughout Europe, equivalent to 8 oz.
    • 1997, Bernard Scudder, translating ‘Egil's Saga’, in The Sagas of Icelanders, Penguin 2001, p. 91: As a reward for his poetry, Athelstan gave Egil two more gold rings weighing a mark each, along with an expensive cloak that the king himself had worn.
  2. (now historical) An English and Scottish unit of currency (originally valued at one mark weight of silver), equivalent to 13 shillings and fourpence.
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 167: He had been made a royal counsellor, drawing a substantial annual salary of a hundred marks.
  3. Any of various European monetary units, especially the base unit of currency of Germany between 1948 and 2002, equal to 100 pfennig.
  4. A mark coin.
Synonyms: (German currency) Deutschmark, Deutsche Mark, German mark
etymology 3
verb: {{head}}
  1. (imperative, marching) alternative form of march (said to be easier to pronounce while giving a command). Mark time, mark! Forward, mark!
  • {{rank}}
  • Karm
marker {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An object used to mark a location.
  2. Someone or something that mark.
    1. One who keeps account of a game played, as of billiards.
    2. A counter used in card game and other games.
    3. The soldier who forms the pilot of a wheeling column, or marks the direction of an alignment.
    4. An attachment to a sewing machine for marking a line on the fabric by creasing it.
  3. {{rfdef}}
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "Man City 4-1 Man Utd", BBC Sport, 22 September 2013: Pellegrini insisted this was a game City had to win - this they did and with the sort of performance that put down a marker for how the Chilean wants his team to play.
  4. A felt-tipped pen.
  5. (slang) A signed note of a debt to be paid.
  6. (slang, figuratively) A nonmonetary debt owed to someone, especially in return for a favor. We may not be able to do this alone. Maybe it’s time to call in some of our markers.
  7. (paintball) A device that fires a paintball
  8. (sports) A defending player who stays close to an opponent in order to mark them.
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  9. A gene or DNA sequence with a known location on a chromosome that can be used to identify individuals or species.
  10. (In competition law) A recognition given by a competition authority that a company is the first to approach it to reveal the existence of a cartel, as a prelude to a formal application for leniency for the company.
Synonyms: (felt-tipped pen) marker pen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To mark or write on (something) using a marker
    • {{quote-news}}
  • Kramer
  • remark, re-mark
marketingese etymology marketing + ese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon used in marketing.
    • 1991, Popular Mechanics (volume 168, number 9, September 1991, page 45) When Ford launched the Taurus, the design was characterized as "customer driven," marketingese for determining exactly what the customer wants and then bolting it into the concept.
marketroid etymology Perhaps from marketing and droid.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A person who works in marketing, especially one who is ignorant and relies on buzzword and deception.
    • 2002, Gardner Dozois, Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future … identically dressed in blue three-piece suits, hung around accosting visitors with annoyingly impenetrable PHB marketroid jargon …
    • 2007, Charles Stross, Halting State … some weedy intense-looking marketroid in casual-Friday drag and fashionable specs who seemed most upset about something.
Marks and Sparks
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (colloquial, British) The retailer .
marmalize etymology Thought to be humorous from marmalade and pulverize Alternative forms: marmalise
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, British) To thrash
  2. (informal, British) To defeat decisively
marmoset etymology From Middle French marmouset, probably from marmouser, of imitative origin. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈmɑrməsət/, /ˈmɑrməzət/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small monkey, now specifically a Central and South American monkey of the genera Callithrix, {{taxlink}}, {{taxlink}}, or {{taxlink}}, with claws instead of nails, and a rather primitive layout. {{defdate}}
  2. (obsolete) A hideous figure; a grotesque. {{defdate}}
  3. (pejorative, now rare) An unappealing or foolish man. {{defdate}}
maroon {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /məˈruːn/, /məˈrəʊn/, /məˈrəʉn/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Derived from the American-Spanish cimarrón, meaning “fugitive,” “wild”, “untamed”.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. An escaped negro slave of the Caribbean and the Americas or a descendant of escaped slaves.
  2. A castaway; a person who has been marooned.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Associated with Maroon culture, communities or peoples.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To abandon in a remote, desolate place, as on a deserted island.
etymology 2 French marron.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A dark red, somewhat brown, color. {{color panel}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a maroon color
etymology 3 unknown
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A rocket fired to summon the crew of a lifeboat.
etymology 4 From an intentional mispronunciation of the word moron used by the cartoon character .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An idiot; a fool.
    • 2011, S. Watts Taylor, Tarnish, iUniverse (2011), ISBN 9781462002023, page 21: At least, I would not be sleeping that night. Why did I have that espresso? What a maroon!
Synonyms: See also ., See also .
  • romano
marra Alternative forms: marrow etymology From Old Norse margr.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, Mackem, informal) A friend, pal, buddy, mate. Cheers marra!
marriage agency
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a business that endeavors to introduce men and women for the purpose of marriage, dating or penpals.
etymology 1 From Middle English mary, marow, marowe, marowȝ, from Old English mearg, from Proto-Germanic *mazgą, *mazgaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mozgos, *mosgʰos. Compare West Frisian moarch, Dutch merg, German Mark, Swedish märg, Icelandic mergur, and also Russian мозг ("brain"). pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmæɹəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈmæɹoʊ/, /ˈmeɹoʊ/, /ˈmɛɹoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The substance inside bones which produces blood cells.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  2. (countable) A kind of vegetable like a large courgette/zucchini or squash.
    • 1847, Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk, "Steam-Boat Voyage to Barbados", Bentley's Miscellany, Vol XXII, London: Richard Bentley, p.37: The finest European vegetables, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes, vegetable marrow, were lying in the market-hall, awaiting purchasers.
  3. The essence; the best part.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) It takes from our achievements…/ The pith and marrow of our attribute.
    • Thomas Tusser (1524-1580) Chopping and changing I cannot commend, / With thief or his marrow, for fear of ill end.
related terms: {{top2}}
  • courgette
  • cucumber
  • gherkin
  • pickle
  • squash
  • zucchini
etymology 2 From Old Norse margr. Alternative forms: marra
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, informal) A friend, pal, buddy, mate. Cheers marrow!
  2. (Scotland) One of a pair; a match; a companion; an intimate associate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, slang) nonsense.
Mars Bar party
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A supposed party or orgy where chocolate bars are eaten from the vagina or anus.
marshrutka {{wikipedia}} etymology From Russian маршрутка 〈maršrutka〉, colloquial shortening of маршрутное такси 〈maršrutnoe taksi〉, from маршрут 〈maršrut〉, referring to a planned route that something follows, and такси 〈taksi〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (transport) A in the CIS countries, the Baltic states, and Bulgaria. The role of the modern marshrutka is basically similar to the minibus in other countries except some implementations of marshrutka do allow standing capacity.
Martian blueberry etymology From the size and shape, resembling blueberries, as well as the initial false-color photographs which made them appear to be blue in color.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science, informal) Martian spherule
maru etymology From Japanese 〈yuán〉, 〈wán〉, "circle; suffix for ship names".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A suffix of Japanese ship names. The Nippon Maru
  2. (linguistics, colloquial) A diacritic ( ゜ ) used with Japanese kana to change an h to a p.
  3. A large, circular punctuation mark ( 。 ) used as a full stop in Japanese text.
Synonyms: (diacritics) handakuten
  • Amur
  • arum
  • mura
  • 'umra
marv etymology Shortenening of marvellous
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) marvellous, fantastic
marvy etymology marvellous
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) great, awesome, brilliant
Mary Bell order etymology Named after Mary Bell, a child tried for manslaughter in 1968.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A court order forbidding publication of any information that could identify a child involved in legal proceeding.
Mary Jane
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} Literal translation of Spanish María Juana, from María + Juana
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Marijuana.
Synonyms: See also
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} Genericized trademark, from the etymology above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A type of shoe for a girl (also a boy or child), having a rounded toe and a strap with a buckle.
marzipan layer etymology by analogy with the layer of marzipan below the icing on a Christmas cake
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang, finance) stockbroking executive immediately below the partner in a firm
  2. (by extension) all those just below the highest echelon in any sphere
mash pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /mæʃ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 See mesh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A mesh
etymology 2 From Middle English mash, mash, from Old English mæsc, masc, max, from Proto-Germanic *maiskaz, *maiskō, from Proto-Indo-European *meiǵ-, *meiḱ- 〈*meiḱ-〉. Akin to German Meisch, Maische, (compare meischen, maischen), Swedish mäsk, and to Old English miscian. See mix.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state.
  2. In brewing, ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (or a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort.
  3. Mashed potatoes.
  4. A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
  5. (obsolete): A mess; trouble. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To convert into a mash; to reduce to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; to bruise; to crush; as, to mash apples in a mill, or potatoes with a pestle. Specifically (Brewing), to convert, as malt, or malt and meal, into the mash which makes wort.
  2. (transitive) To press down hard (on). to mash on a bicycle pedal
  3. (transitive, southern US, informal) to press.
  4. (transitive, UK) To prepare a cup of tea (in a teapot), alternative to brew; used mainly in Northern England
    • 1913, , , He took the kettle off the fire and mashed the tea.
etymology 3 Either[ Mash Note] at World Wide Words[ The City in Slang], by Irving L. Allen, [ p. 195] by analogy with''The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology,'' as cited at [ The Grammarphobia Blog: Mash notes], March 16, 2007 mash, or more likely from Romany{{w|Charles Godfrey Leland}} in [ The Gypsies], p. 109, footnote 108; and preface to his poem “The Masher”, where he credits the etymology to [Albert Marshall] Palmer, a Broadway producer. masha, mashdva. Originally used in theater,Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang and recorded in US in 1870s. Either originally used as mash, or a backformation from masher, from masha. Leland writes of the etymology:Preface to poem “The Masher”, in his ''[ Songs of the Sea and Lays of the Land],'' [,M1 p. 243] ([ full text]) It was introduced by the well-known gypsy family of actors, C., among whom Romany was habitually spoken. The word “masher” or “mash” means in that tongue to allure, delude, or entice. It was doubtless much aided in its popularity by its quasi-identity with the English word. But there can be no doubt as to the gypsy origin of “mash” as used on the stage. I am indebted for this information to the late well-known impresario [Albert Marshall] Palmer of New York, and I made a note of it years before the term had become at all popular.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to flirt, to make eyes, to make romantic advances
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) an infatuation, a crush, a fancy
  2. (obsolete) a dandy, a masher
  3. (obsolete) the object of one’s affections (either sex)
  • AMHS
  • hams
  • HMAS
  • sham
mashable etymology mash + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of a consistency suitable for mash.
    • 1892, William Hill Tucker, Arthur Christopher Benson, Eton of Old ...legs, loins, shoulders, and necks, accompanied with mashed potatoes, so long as they were mashable...
    • 1998, Greta Breedlove, The Herbal Home Spa Cook the pumpkin until mashable with a potato masher.
  2. (Internet, informal) Suitable for inclusion in a mashup.
    • 2007, Dana Moore, Raymond Budd, Edward Benson, Professional Rich Internet Applications As mentioned earlier, mashable services often require some sort of identifying information to understand what applications use their capabilities.
    • 2008, Raymond Yee, Pro Web 2.0 Mashups That is, this chapter answers the question, how would you as a content producer make your digital content most effectively remixable and mashable to users?
mashed pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of mash
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) rather drunk
  2. in a pulpy state.
  • em dash, em-dash, emdash, shamed
mashugana etymology From Yiddish משוגענער 〈mşwgʻnʻr〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. nonsense, silliness, craziness, garbage (as in useless)
  2. (pejorative) A person who is nonsensical, silly or crazy; a jackass
    • 1986. Allen Ginsberg, Bill Morgan. Kanreki: a tribute to Allen Ginsberg‎, Page 37 I seemed to attract old flower children and new age holistic eastern mystic 'mashuganas' .
mashup pronunciation
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etymology From mash up, in turn from mash and up.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (computing, slang) A derivative work consisting of two pieces of (generally digital) media joined together, such as a video clip with a different soundtrack applied for humorous effect, or a map overlaid with user-supplied data. Websites allowing their information to be pulled in by other website creators to combine with other sources of information and create new user experiences.
  2. (music, slang) A remix that combines two or more songs from different artists into one track.
  3. (Internet) a Web application that combines data and/or functionality from more than one source.
Synonyms: medley
  • hams up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, historical, colloquial) eye dialect of master
massa Alternative forms: massah
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, historical, colloquial) eye dialect of master
Associated with slavery.
  • amass, Assam, Šamaš
Masshole etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) A contemptible or obnoxious person from Massachusetts.
    • K.W. Moak , Discontinuum , 2011 , 978-1-45028-882-8 , “God-damned Masshole trespasser who maybe ought to have his arrogant ass kicked for the hell of it.”
  2. (pejorative, slang) Especially, an obnoxious or irresponsible automobile driver from Massachusetts. This damn Masshole cut in front of my car!
    • John Sheirer , Free Chairs , 2002 , 978-0-59525-776-8 , page 132 , “You're a typical Massachusetts driver, known affectionately as a "Masshole." Bit of advice: Don't ever go to Ohio, or you will get arrested within five miles of the border.”
massive etymology from Middle French massif. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈmæs.ɪv/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky. exampleA massive comet or asteroid appears to have ended the era of the dinosaurs.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, The Unknown Ajax, 1 , “But Richmond…appeared to lose himself in his own reflections. Some pickled crab, which he had not touched, had been removed with a damson pie; and his sister saw, peeping around the massive silver epergne that almost obscured him from her view, that he had eaten no more than a spoonful of that either.”
  2. Much larger than normal. exampleCompared to its counterparts from World War II, the Abrams main battle tank is truly massive.
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  3. Of great significance or import; overwhelming. exampleThe enlightenment comprises massive shifts in many areas of Western thought.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  4. (mineralogy) Not exhibiting crystal form.
  5. Of particularly exceptional quality or value; awesome. exampleDid you see Colbert last night? He was massive!
    • 1995, November 29, harry knowles, rec.arts.sf.movies , [ INDEPENDENCE DAY-----------MASSIVE COOL SPOILERS DON'T OPEN IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW] , “Ok true believers here is the low down of massive coolness.”
    • 1998, February 13, David Farrar, Re: Te Papa , [ nz.reg.wellington.general] , “Heaps excited about it - I'm planning for a massive day.”
    • 1998, July 2, super disco dan, , [ Deasties rock the Hurricane- 06/21/98] , “saw the beasties last week in GERMANY at a massive little party called the Hurricane Festival outside Hamburg and here's how it all shook down…”
    • 2003, June 11, Glenn Wendyhouse, uk.people.gothic , [ WENDYHOUSE June 21st] , “OPEN THROUGH THE SUMMER: We are on the 3rd Saturday of the month, remain at the same venue, at the same price, at the same times and always give you a massive night out to remember (unless you've drunk too much bargain University booze!).”
    • 2010, July 30, Robbie, , [ Re: Survivable album chart from 2001] , “I own this one, bought it because I liked Slide. The album is quite dull. They were massive back in the day”
  6. (physics, of a particle) Possessing mass. exampleSome bosons are massive while others are massless.
Synonyms: (of or pertaining to a large mass) bulky, heavy, hefty, substantial, weighty, (much larger than normal) colossal, enormous, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, great, huge, mahoosive (slang), titanic, (of great significance or import) consequential, meaningful, overwhelming, significant, weighty, (of grandeur ) awesome, super, excellent, stupendous
  • (of or pertaining to a large mass) insubstantial, light
  • (much larger than normal) dwarf, little, microscopic, midget, minuscule, pint-sized, tiny, wee
  • (of great significance or import) inconsequential, insignificant, piddling, trifling, trivial, unimportant
  • (of grandeur ) lame, stale, disappointing, crappy
  • (of having a positive mass) massless
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (mineralogy) A homogeneous mass of rock, not layered and without an obvious crystal structure. karst massives in western Georgia
  • mavises
massively etymology massive + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a massive manner, in a way that appears large, heavy or imposing.
  2. (slang) Greatly.
master {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmɑːs.tə/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /ˈmæs.tɚ/
  • {{audio}}
etymology 1 From Middle English maister, mayster, meister, from Old English mæster, mæġster, mæġester, mæġister, magister, from Latin magister, from Old Latin magester, from mag- (as in magnus) + -ester/-ister (compare minister). Reinforced by Old French maistre, mestre from the same Latin source. Alternative forms: mester (dialectal), mister (dialectal), mastre (obsolete)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who has control over something or someone.
    • Addison master of a hundred thousand drachms
    • Jowett (Thucyd.) We are masters of the sea.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track.…Their example was followed by others at a time when the master of Mohair was superintending in person the docking of some two-year-olds, and equally invisible.”
  2. The owner of an animal or slave.
  3. (nautical) The captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner.
  4. Someone who employ others.
    • 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.”
  5. An expert at something. exampleMark Twain was a master of fiction.
    • Macaulay great masters of ridicule
    • John Locke No care is taken to improve young men in their own language, that they may thoroughly understand and be masters of it.
  6. A tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentice.
  7. (dated) A schoolmaster.
  8. A skilled artist.
  9. (dated) A man or a boy; mister. See Master.
    • Jonathan Swift Where there are little masters and misses in a house, they are impediments to the diversions of the servants.
  10. A master's degree; a type of postgraduate degree, usually undertaken after a bachelor degree. exampleShe has a master in psychology.
  11. A person holding such a degree. exampleHe is a master of marine biology.
  12. The original of a document or of a recording. exampleThe band couldn't find the master, so they re-recorded their tracks.
  13. (film) The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeup will be edited later.
  14. (legal) A parajudicial officer (such as a referee, an auditor, an examiner, or an assessor) specially appointed to help a court with its proceedings. exampleThe case was tried by a master, who concluded that the plaintiffs were the equitable owners of the property.…
  15. (engineering) A device that is control other devices or is an authoritative source (e.g. master database).
  16. A person holding an office of authority among the Freemasons, especially the presiding officer; also, a person holding a similar office in other civic societies.
Synonyms: (master's degree) masters, master's, (master's degree) magistrate (Quebec English), (film) establishing shot, long shot, (ship) skipper, captain, See also
related terms:
  • mistress (feminine form of "master")
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Masterful.
  2. Main, principal or predominant.
  3. Highly skilled. examplemaster batsman
  4. Original. examplemaster copy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To be a master.{{attention}}
  2. (transitive) To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.
    • {{rfdate}} John Locke Obstinacy and willful neglects must be mastered, even though it cost blows.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4 Then Elzevir cried out angrily, 'Silence. Are you mad, or has the liquor mastered you? Are you Revenue-men that you dare shout and roister? or contrabandiers with the lugger in the offing, and your life in your hand. You make noise enough to wake folk in Moonfleet from their beds.'
  3. (transitive) To learn to a high degree of proficiency. It took her years to master the art of needlecraft.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To own; to posses.
    • {{rfdate}} Shakespeare the wealth that the world masters
  5. (transitive, especially of a musical performance) To make a master copy of.
  6. (intransitive, usually with in) To earn a Master's degree. He mastered in English at the state college.
etymology 2 mast + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, in combination) A vessel having a specified number of mast. a two-master
  • {{rank}}
  • armest, armets, mastre, maters, matres, METARs, remast, stream, tamers, tremas
master gland
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, biology) The pituitary gland.
masturbate etymology From Latin masturbārī; further derivation uncertain; one suggestion is from manus + turbare, whence the words disturb and trouble. pronunciation
  • (NZ) /ˈmɑːstəbæet/
  • (UK) /ˈmastəbeɪt/, /ˈmæstəbeɪt/, /ˈmɑːstəbeɪt/
  • (US) /ˈmæstəɹbeɪt/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To stimulate oneself sexually, especially by use of one’s hand, sometimes with a partner.
    • 2006, Catherine Purcell, Bruce A. Arrigo, The Psychology of Lust Murder (page 28) The primary function of a souvenir fetish is so that the offender can relive the actual event within the context of the fantasy, usually while masturbating to maintain sexual arousal and achieve orgasm (Canter et al., 2004).
    I find this difficult to masturbate to.
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To stimulate someone else sexually without penetration of the penis.
Synonyms: bash the bishop, beat off, beat the meat, choke the chicken, diddle, fap, flog the dong, flick the bean, have fun with Dick and Jane, jack off, jerk off, jill, jill off, knock one off, play with oneself, polish the pole, slap the salami, slink the slank, spank the monkey, tickle the sausage, toss off, wank, whack off, See
masturbation {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French masturbation, from Latin verb masturbor, conjectured to have originated from a contraction of manus and turbō. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌmæstəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/, /ˌmɑːstəˈbeɪʃ(ə)n/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˌmæstɚˈbeɪʃən/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Manual erotic stimulation of the genital or other erotic regions, often to orgasm, either by oneself or a partner.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.12: Diogenes in sight of all, exercising his Masturbation, bred a longing desire in the bystanders, that in such sort they might fill their bellies by rubbing or clawing the same.
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Synonyms: See also , fingering, rolling the pill, bean flicking (female masturbation)
related terms:
  • masturbate
  • masturbator
  • masturbatory
  • mutual masturbation
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes, pejorative) Someone who masturbates.
  2. A sex toy used to complement and help stimulate its user's erogenous zone(s) during masturbation, and often designed to simulate an erotic body part (of an imaginary partner).
Synonyms: (someone who masturbates) jerk-off, self-abuser, self-polluter, wanker, See
masturbatrix etymology masturbate + rix
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) A female masturbator.
    • 1987, anonymous, Pleasure's Mistress Thus under the Restoration one spoke of the branleuses or masturbatrixes of the Palais Royal, whose clients, students for the most part, came to have their hard-ons massaged away for a few centimes.
    • 1997, Michael Ford, Butch Boys: Stories for Men Who Need It Bad Beresford triumphs again with this intoxicating tale, filled with castle dungeons and tightly corseted ladies-in-waiting, naughty viscounts and impossibly cruel masturbatrixes...
    • 1997, Frank Sanello, Naked instinct: the unauthorized biography of Sharon Stone The actress wanted to stretch in a role that was 180 degrees away from the omnivorous Tramell and the masturbatrix from Sutton.
Synonyms: wankette (slang)
match pronunciation
  • /mætʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English macche, from Old English mæcca, from ġemæcca
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sports) A competitive sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match. My local team are playing in a match against their arch-rivals today.
  2. Any contest or trial of strength or skill, or to determine superiority.
    • Drayton many a warlike match
    • Dryden A solemn match was made; he lost the prize.
  3. Someone with a measure of an attribute equaling or exceeding the object of comparison. He knew he had met his match.
    • Addison Government … makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow subjects.
  4. A marriage.
  5. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
    • Clarendon She … was looked upon as the richest match of the West.
  6. Suitability.
  7. Equivalence; a state of correspondence. {{rfex}}
  8. Equality of conditions in contest or competition.
    • Shakespeare It were no match, your nail against his horn.
  9. A pair of items or entities with mutually suitable characteristics. The carpet and curtains are a match.
  10. An agreement or compact.
    • Shakespeare Thy hand upon that match.
    • Boyle Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making.
  11. (metalworking) A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly embedded when a mould is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mould.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To agree, to be equal, to correspond to. exampleTheir interests didn't match, so it took a long time to agree what to do together. exampleThese two copies are supposed to be identical, but they don't match.
  2. (transitive) To agree, to be equal, to correspond to. exampleHis interests didn't match her interests.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
    • 1927, [ F. E. Penny] , 4, [ Pulling the Strings] , “Soon after the arrival of Mrs. Campbell, dinner was announced by Abboye. He came into the drawing room resplendent in his gold-and-white turban. […] His cummerbund matched the turban in gold lines.”
  3. (transitive) To make a successful match or pairing. exampleThey found out about his color-blindness when he couldn't match socks properly.
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  4. (transitive) To equal or exceed in achievement. exampleShe matched him at every turn: anything he could do, she could do as well or better.
  5. (obsolete) To unite in marriage, to mate.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, : …Adam's sons are my brethren; and truly, I hold it a sin to match in my kindred.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) A senator of Rome survived, / Would not have matched his daughter with a king.
  6. To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and groove at the edges. exampleto match boards
etymology 2 From Old French meiche, from vl micca (compare Catalan metxa, Spanish mecha, Italian miccia), which in turn is probably from Latin myxa, from Ancient Greek μύξα 〈mýxa〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged (struck) against a rough dry surface. He struck a match and lit his cigarette.
Synonyms: spunk
matchstick Alternative forms: match stick etymology From match + stick.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small, slender piece of wood or cardboard serving as a component of a match. The end of the matchstick is dipped in a sulfurous compound to turn it into a complete match.
  2. Any similarly small and thin pieces; frequently used in the plural. The explosion blew the powder shed to matchsticks.
Synonyms: (generic small thin piece) shred, sliver, splinter
mate pronunciation
  • /meɪt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English mate, from gml mate (replacing Middle English mette from Old English ġemetta), derived from Proto-Germanic *gamatjô, itself from Proto-Germanic *ga- (related to German and Dutch ge-) + Proto-Germanic *matjô (from Proto-Germanic *matiz), related to Old English mete). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Moat, Dutch maat. More at co-, meat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fellow, comrade, colleague, partner or someone with whom something is shared, e.g. shipmate, classmate.
  2. (especially of a non-human animal) A breed partner.
  3. (colloquial, British, Australia, New Zealand) A friend, usually of the same sex. I'm going to the pub with a few mates. He's my best mate.
  4. (colloquial, British, Australia, New Zealand) a colloquial "sir"; an informal and friendly term of address to a stranger, usually male Excuse me, mate, have you got the time?
  5. (nautical) In naval ranks, a non-commissioned officer or his subordinate (e.g. Boatswain's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Sailmaker's Mate, etc).
  6. (nautical) A ship's officer, subordinate to the master on a commercial ship.
  7. (nautical) A first mate.
  8. A technical assistant in certain trades (e.g. gasfitter's mate, plumber's mate); sometimes an apprentice.
  9. The other member of a match pair of objects. I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its mate.
  10. A suitable companion; a match; an equal.
    • Milton Ye knew me once no mate / For you; there sitting where you durst not soar.
Synonyms: fellow, friend, buddy, sir, partner, See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To match, fit together without space between. The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.
  2. (intransitive) To copulate.
  3. (intransitive) To pair in order to raise offspring
  4. (transitive) To arrange in matched pair.
  5. (transitive) To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  6. (transitive) To marry; to match (a person).
    • Shakespeare If she be mated with an equal husband.
  7. (transitive) To match oneself against; to oppose as equal; to compete with.
    • Francis Bacon There is no passion in the mind of man so weak but it mates and masters the fear of death.
    • Shakespeare I, … in the way of loyalty and truth, … / Dare mate a sounder man than Surrey can be.
  8. (transitive) To fit (objects) together without space between.
  9. (transitive, aerospace) To move (a space shuttle orbiter) onto the back of an aircraft that can carry it.
Synonyms: couple, match, pair
  • (aerospace) demate
etymology 2 From Middle English verb maten, Middle French mater, from Old French noun mat, from Persian شاه مات 〈sẖạh mạt〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chess) Short for checkmate.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate
  2. To confuse; to confound. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 3 See maté
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of maté, an aromatic tea-like drink prepared from the holly yerba maté ({{taxlink}}).
  2. The abovementioned plant; the leaves and shoots used for the tea
  • meat
  • meta, Meta
  • tame
  • team
etymology 1 From Latin māter, partly via late-Middle English matere.“[ mater, ''n.'']” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' (draft revision; March 2009) pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmeɪtə/
  • (US) /ˈmeɪɾɚ/, /ˈmɑˌtɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British slang, now, chiefly, archaic or humorous) Mother.
    • 1919, ‎A Damsel in Distress‎, page 100, P. G. Wodehouse, “Their maters are all pals of my mater, and I don’t want to get them into trouble for aiding and abetting my little show, if you understand what I mean.”
    • Caesar’s Women‎, page 17, Colleen McCullough, 1997, ““Mater, you look well.” / “I am well. And you,” she said in that dryly prosaic deep voice of hers, “look healed.””
etymology 2 mate + er “[ mater, ''n.'']” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' (draft entry; March 2001) pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈmeɪtə/
  • (US) /ˈmeɪɾɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (biology) Someone or something that mate.
  • METAR, metra, tamer, trema
maternal aunt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An aunt on one's mother's side of the family, including both
    1. A sister of one's mother.
    2. A sister-in-law of one's mother; the wife or ex-wife of a maternal uncle.
  2. (imprecise) A similar great aunt, &c.
coordinate terms:
  • maternal uncle
  • paternal aunt, paternal uncle
mates' rates
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (UK, AU, informal) discount price offered to friend of the seller
matey etymology From mate + y. pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK) Sociable or friendly. You've been very matey with that new bird.
    • 1948, Dennis Wheatley, , 2007, [http//|most+matey%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tWqsT-GjHa2eiAee34jeAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20matey%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 148], She asked in what sort of accident I had broken my back, and when I told her that I had been shot down she became much more matey.
    • 1995, Gwynneth Latham, Michael C. Latham, Kilimanjaro Tales: The Saga of a Medical Family in Africa, [http//|most+matey%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tWqsT-GjHa2eiAee34jeAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20matey%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 140], We decided that it would be more matey to have communal meals, so all the guests and hosts foregathered at the hotel for lunches and dinners, and at every sitting there were about 40 of us, all in high spirits.
    • 2002, Jon Latimer, Alamein, [http//|most+matey%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tWqsT-GjHa2eiAee34jeAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20matey%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 128], he[] wrote: ‘They[the Australians] took a bit of getting used to. I was dressed as a general and they treated me in the most matey way, but despite this it was easy to see that there was nothing wrong with their battle discipline.’
    • 2002, Alan Di Perna, Guitar World, Guitar World Presents: Pink Floyd, [http//|most+matey%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tWqsT-GjHa2eiAee34jeAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20matey%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 29], His opening salvo, “If you didn′t care what happened to me, and I didn′t care for you,” gives way to a more matey mood at the end: “You know that I care what happens to you. And I know that you care for me.”
    • 2005, , An Irish History of Civilization, Volume 2, [http//|most+matey%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tWqsT-GjHa2eiAee34jeAw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20matey%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 293], Adolphus Egerton Ryerson was his full name, but he insisted on being called Egerton Ryerson, under the mistaken conviction that this was much more matey than Adolphus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) diminutive of mate, friend. Hello, matey, just back from the pub?
    • 1909, National Magazine, Volume 30, page 171, “No, no, matey, I means no harm. Ye see, I think I done ye a bad turn onst, an′ I′m minded t′ do ye right afore I goes off. You bring a writer here, matey, an′ I′ll tell ye what.”
    • 1920, Francis Stevens (), Claimed, 2009, Munsey′s, page 49, And take my advice, matey. When yer buys it, don′t yer make Lutz′s mistake and think yer can wriggle out easy.
    • 1981, , Writing My Life: An Autobiography, page 247, “You've got great legs, matey,” he said to me. “You know that?” They were good straight legs, and could run, but I had always thought them too much on the lean side.
  2. (nautical, slang) A fellow sailor; often used affectedly, especially as a pirate. Ahoy mateys, scrub the deck!
    • {{circa}} (pseudonym), In Clive′s Command, 2006, Echo Library, page 35, “Well, we are and we en′t, eh, mateys? The Waterman′s Rest en′t exactly the kind of place to spend shore leave; it en′t a patch on Wapping or Rotherhithe.…”
    • 1979, Larona Homer, Blackbeard the Pirate, in Blackbeard the Pirate and Other Stories of the Pine Barrens, page 91, “Well, Mateys,” he said, “heave to. Rum for all.” The pirates grabbed their bottles, and as they drank they began to sing and laugh and shout at each other.
    • 2003, Paul Abbaszadeh, One Love: A True Love Story, page 318, Soon the talking skull came into view and gave us a warning, “Avast there, it be to late to alter course mateys and there be plundering pirates lurking in every cove waiting to board.…”
    • 2010, Molly Burkhart, My Gigolo, unnumbered page, “Ahoy, mateys!” The chorus came from all sides, and he fought the urge to snicker. She nudged him with her elbow, and he looked down to find her eyes twinkling. “Hope you brushed up on your pirate lingo. The desk is over there. I gotta go use the little wench′s room.” He watched her go with a grin and nearly laughed again when he saw the signs on the bathroom doors. Wenches and Mateys. Good God.
  • etyma
  • meaty
mathemagician etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One whose mathematical skills are so remarkable as to resemble magic.
    • 1984, Richard R Cornwall, Introduction to the use of general equilibrium analysis‎ Of course, there is no reason why some algorithm invented by mathemagicians should have an analogy in the way actual markets work.
    • 1995, Martin Gardner, Classic Brainteasers They're all here in this illustrated, brain-boggling bonanza by famous puzzler and mathemagician Martin Gardner.
    • 2005, Paul Virilio, The information bomb‎ It is not, then, a Boeing which our mathemagicians propose to make vanish, but the living Earth; and it is its metaphysical double which they are progressively unveiling to us.
mathmo etymology Diminutive of mathematician with -o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, Cambridge University) A mathematician.
    • 1986, University of Cambridge. Archimedeans, Eureka: Issues 46-50 This year's Honesty Prize goes to the natural sciences supervisor, who replied to a question with, "Don't ask me, I'm not a mathmo."
    • 2003, "Sally Clough", Teacher Training - opinions please (on newsgroup I'm currently a third year mathmo at Cambridge …
    • 2007, C. N. Barton, The Cambridge Diaries: A Tale of Friendship, Love And Economics (page 134) Historians mingled with mathmos, medics with geographers. It was beautiful.
maths {{wikipedia}} etymology Contraction of mathematics. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}} /mæθs/
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Alternative forms: math (North America), mathematics
noun: {{en-noun}} (always singular)
  1. (informal, Commonwealth, except Canada) {{short for }}
    • 1980 August 21, Girls can do maths as well as boys, , page 586, The conventional “commonsense” view now is that girls are conditioned both by family and teachers to believe that maths is a subject at which males excel, and that they believe they cannot be expected to comprehend its subtleties — so they don′t.
    • 2004, Miraca U.M. Gross, Exceptionally Gifted Children, page 229, At age 10, Ian was based with the Grade 6 students but was allowed to take maths with Grade 10 – a four-year grade advancement.
    • 2011, Clifford Matthews, IMechE Engineers′ Databook, Fourth edition, John Wiley & Sons, page 40, Most people who are forced to use maths have little idea what it is really about.
mathsy pronunciation
  • /mæθsi/
etymology maths + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (childish) Relating to mathematics, typically connotating that the mathematics referred to is difficult.
    • 2012, Colin Beveridge, Basic Maths Practice Problems For Dummies, page 18: The second, and more mathsy, way of working out the probability is like this: [...]
matronize etymology matron + ize
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make a matron of; to make matron-like.
    • Samuel Richardson Childbed matronizes the giddiest spirits.
  2. (transitive) To act the part of a matron toward; to superintend or chaperone. to matronize an assembly
  3. (transitive, sometimes, derogatory) To criticize from a feminist perspective. to matronize female artists for sexploitation
mattressy etymology mattress + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a mattress; large, soft, and yielding.
    • 2008, James Slater, Like Phosphorescent Desert Buttons (page 98) “You try it Mister, and so help me God I will make sure you spend the rest of your non-adult life bouncing off the mattressy walls of a psych ward.”
Maui Wowie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A variety of marijuana from Hawaii.
mauvelous etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous or in brand names) The color mauve, or a specific shade of mauve
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    • {{quote-book }}
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maw {{was wotd}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /mɔː/
  • (US) /mɔ/
  • (cot-caught) /mɑ/
  • Homophones: more (non-rhotic accents)
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English mawe, from Old English maga, from Proto-Germanic *magô, from Proto-Indo-European *mak-, *maks-. Cognate with West Frisian mage, Low German mage, Dutch maag, German Magen, Danish mave, Swedish mage, and also with Welsh megin, Russian мошна 〈mošna〉, Lithuanian mãkas.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) the stomach, especially of an animal
    • 1667, , Paradise Lost, Book X So Death shall be deceav'd his glut, and with us two / Be forc'd to satisfie his Rav'nous Maw.
  2. the upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaw of a ravenous creature.
    • 1818, , Endymion To save poor lambkins from the eagle's maw
  3. any great, insatiable or perilous opening.
  4. Appetite; inclination.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher Unless you had more maw to do me good.
etymology 2 By shortening of mother
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialect, colloquial) Mother.
etymology 3 See mew.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gull.
  • awm
maxed out
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) en-past of max out I maxed out my savings account.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of maxed-out The maxed out mother fell deep asleep.
maximum {{wikipedia}} etymology Via French from Latin maximum. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The highest limit.
    • P. Colquhoun Good legislation is the art of conducting a nation to the maximum of happiness, and the minimum of misery.
  2. (mathematics) The great value of a set or other mathematical structure, especially the global maximum or a local maximum of a function.
  3. (analysis) An upper bound of a set which is also an element of that set.
  4. (statistics) The largest value of a batch or sample or the upper bound of a probability distribution.
  5. (colloquial, snooker) A 147 break; the highest possible break.
  6. (colloquial, darts) A score of 180 with three darts.
  7. (colloquial, cricket) A scoring shot for 6 runs.
  • maxima is the more common plural, especially for the technical senses.
  • (statistics) measure of location
Synonyms: max
  • minimum
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. To the highest degree. Use the proper dose for the maximum effect.
related terms:
  • supremum
maybe {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: may-be (obsolete), mebbe (dialectal) etymology From an ellipsis of , equivalent to may + be. Compare mayhap. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈmeɪbi/, [ˈmeɪ̯bi]
  • {{audio}}
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adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty.
  2. (as a pro-sentence) perhaps that is true (expressing no commitment to a decision or a neutral viewpoint to a statement)
  • Do not confuse maybe with may be: "Maybe that's true", but "That may be true"
Synonyms: (perhaps) mayhaps, peradventure, perhaps, possibly, (as a pro-sentence) could be, mayhaps, might be, perhaps, possibly, that’s possible
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Possible; uncertain. Then add those may-be years thou hast to live ― Dryden.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Something that is possibly true.
  2. (informal) An answer that shows neither agreement nor disagreement. The results of the poll were inconclusive. We got two yeses, three nos, and four maybes.
  3. (informal) A future event that may or may not happen. About your raise: it's a big maybe.
Synonyms: perhaps
  • abyme, beamy, embay
Mayberry Machiavelli {{rfc}} etymology "Mayberry Machiavelli" is a satirically pejorative phrase coined by John J. DiIulio Jr., Ph.D., who ran President Bush's Faith-based Initiative. After he quickly resigned from his White House post in late 2001, DiIulio told journalist Ron Suskind, "What you've got is everything--and I mean everything--being run by the political arm. It's the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis." "This [an "us" vs "them" attitude] gave rise to what you might call Mayberry Machiavellis — staff, senior and junior, who consistently talked and acted as if the height of political sophistication consisted in reducing every issue to its simplest, black-and-white terms for public consumption, then steering legislative initiatives or policy proposals as far right as possible."Dilulio, John. <i>John Dilulio's Letter</i>. Esquire (May 2007) access date 2009-12-11 To an extent unseen in modern administrations, DiIulio believes that Bush's political arm (i.e., the Mayberry Machiavellis) were substitutes for a policy apparatus.Suskind, Ron. <i>Why Are These Men Laughing?</i>. Esquire (January 2007). access date 2009-12-11 The phrase is derisively meant to invoke infamous Machiavellian-style power politics coupled with a supposed sense of incompetent regional backwardness exemplified by the fictional rural town of Mayberry, R.F.D., from The Andy Griffith Show which ran on the American television network, CBS, from 1960 - 1968. The show's character, deputy sheriff Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts) is the epitome of such ineptness as to what DiIulio referred.
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  1. (pejorative) A person who furthers his cause by "reducing every issue to its simplest, black-and-white terms for public consumption", i.e., denying nuance by using stark, but false, choices. For example, if you did not support the Iraq war, you were a Saddam Hussein supporter.
mayn't etymology may + n't pronunciation
  • /ˈmeɪənt/
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial, now rare, dated) contraction of may not
    • 1841 — , , ch 40 I mayn't have much head, master, but I’ve head enough to remember those that use me ill.
    • 1861 — , , ch 17 "Now, father," said Nancy, "is there any call for you to go home to tea? Mayn't you just as well stay with us?--such a beautiful evening as it's likely to be."
    • 1897 — , , ch 9 "Yes, we went to school in the sea, though you mayn't believe it——"
    • 1914 — , You mayn't hardly believe it, but at the present moment I am absolutely without a farthing.
    • 1930 — , I can't help about other people. But I surely would like to have a spot to stop till daylight. Still - if people don't relish this place, mayn't it be because it's getting so run-down?
Mayniac etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the English singer Conor Maynard.
    • 2012, "Music", RWD, Issue 126, August 2012, page 79: Conor is often described as the UK's answer to Justin Bieber, and with his Prince of Pop look and all of those damn Mayniacs, it's not hard to see why.
    • 2012, Jack Thomas, "Conor 'ave a go if you think you're Maynard enough", The Courier (Newcastle University), Issue 1258, 12 November 2012, page 14: Not quite fitting the profile, that profile being pre-pubescent teenage girls proudly sporting 'I Love Conor' t-shirts, I walked by the queue of eager 'Mayniacs' on my way to meet up with the man himself.
    • 2013, Megan Downing, R U Crazy review, The Edge (University of Southampton), Issue 1, September 2013, page 8: Nevertheless, Maynard has his Mayniacs - in fact I'm a self-proclaimed one - that will adore this single.
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mayonnaise {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from French mayonnaise, possibly named after the city Mahón whence the recipe was brought back to France. Alternative suggested origins include the city of Bayonne (bayonnaise); the French word manier (to handle); the Old French moyeu (egg yolk); and the Duke of Mayenne. The United States standard of identity comes from 21 CFR 169.140. pronunciation
  • /ˈmeɪ.ə.neɪz/, /ˌmeɪ.əˈneɪz/
  • also (GenAm) /ˈmæn.eɪz/, [ˈmeən.eɪz]
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  • The General American pronunciation /ˈmæn.eɪz/, [ˈmeən.eɪz] is because of , which causes many /æ/ vowels (including in mayonnaise) to tense to [eə] for most speakers. See also graham, where æ-tensing has a similar effect.
  • {{rhymes}}
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  1. A dressing made from vegetable oil, raw egg yolk and seasoning, used on salad and in sandwich.
    1. (US standard of identity) An edible emulsified semisolid made of: vegetable oil (at least 65%); vinegar and/or lemon juice; raw egg (whole eggs or yolks); and, optionally, any of various flavor-related ingredients, sequestrant, acid{{,}} and crystallization inhibitor.
    • {{quote-journal}} Joy, 1975, 7, 0026045702, Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, 1985, The FDA's original intent for foods included under "standards of identity" ensured that terms like "mayonnaise" or "ice cream” would guarantee the same basic ingredients required in the government-established recipe no matter who manufactured it. Title=Five Star Food, Eve Johnson, 1993, I grew up thinking that the blue and white Miracle Whip salad dressing jar in the fridge held the same substance the rest of the world knew as mayonnaise. / Now I know that mayonnaise is something entirely different. The Everything Lactose Free Cookbook, 1598695096, Jan McCracken, 2008, The oils in store-bought mayonnaise range from olive oil to sunflower oil to safflower oil and some less desirable oils! Personal Nutrition, 1111571139, Marie A. Boyle, Sara Long Roth, 2012, Most store-bought mayonnaise contains ingredients (vinegar, lemonjuice, and salt) that actually slow bacterial growth
Synonyms: mayo
etymology 1 Probably from mazer, the head being compared to a large goblet. Alternative forms: mazzard
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  1. (archaic slang) Head; skull.
    • {{rfdate}} William Shakespeare (author), Barbara A Mowat and Paul Westine (eds.), Hamlet, Washington Square Press (1992), lines 90–92, And now my Lady Worm's, chapless and knocked about the mazard with a sexton's spade.
etymology 2 Compare French merise.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A kind of small black cherry.
Mazola party etymology The term came to prominence in North America in the 1970's following the sexual revolution of the 1960's.
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  1. (slang, dated) A social gathering in which the people lather themselves in cooking oil (such as Mazola), and participate in sexually permissive activities.
  2. (by extension) Any type of orgy
  3. (by extension) Any group event that involves lathering in oil, such as bikini-clad oil wrestling.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) money
Synonyms: mazuma
mazuma etymology From Yiddish מזומן 〈mzwmn〉, from Hebrew מְזוּמָּן 〈mĕzẇmá̇n〉, passive present participle of זִימֵּן 〈ziymé̇n〉. pronunciation
  • /məˈzuːmə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Cash, money.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 1181: I can post some strong-arm talent outside, but even non-Union like everything else in town, after a while that runs into considerable mazuma—so we should be thinking about longer-term solutions.
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  1. Bachelor of Medicine degree (Latin Medicinae Baccalaureus).
  2. (China, slang) moneyboy
  3. (SI) megabyte (1,000 kilobyte or 1,000,000 bytes).
    • 1989, IBM, IBM 3390 Direct Access Storage Reference Summary, page 7 MB equals 106 bytes and GB equals 109 bytes
  4. (computing) Motherboard.
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  1. Manitoba, a province of Canada.
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  1. (knitting) abbreviation of make bobble
    • 2011, Jane Davis, Knitting - The Complete Guide (page 145) Row 1: K2, MB, k1, do not turn.
  • BM
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  1. A patronymic used to form common Irish and Scottish names, similar to the English -son.
  2. Used in combination with a non-name descriptive word to form mock names, typically as an insult.
    • 1950 Gerald McBoing Boing (cartoon short): "Nyah-nyah!" they all shouted. "Your name's not McCloy! You're Gerald McBoing Boing, the noise-making boy!'
    • 1968 Eddie Jefferson "Filthy McNasty" (lyrics for a 1961 instrumental of the same name by Horace Silver): His body is lean. His feet aren't clean. His mouth is real mean When he's on the scene, But all the time you hear the women really yellin' his name: Filthy McNasty.
    • 2005, Daniel J. Hill, Divinity and Maximal Greatness, Routledge, ISBN 0415312884, pg. 44: Alternatively, one may make the example a bit sharper by discussing a being, call him 'McStupid', that always knows who he is, but knows nothing else.
    • 2006, Brigid Lowry, Guitar Highway Rose, Macmillan, ISBN 0312342969, pg. 29: I bet Thomas McSmart-arse makes some dumb comment about my nose-ring.
    • 2007, Martha Kimes, Ivy Briefs: True Tales of a Neurotic Law Student, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0743288386, pg. 173: And when she's not at the Law Review office, she's out with her goddamn Law Review friends. Goddamn Art McAsshole and goddamn Lisa Von- Bitchypants and the worst — the very worst — is that goddamn Charlotte Sidwell.
  3. (business) McDonald's or McDonald's products, such as the or
  4. (derogatory) Indicating briefness, shallowness and lack of worth, by association with McDonald's.
    • 1983 Wallace Marx, "It's Not How Long You Make It," New York Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 50 (19 Dec 1983), p11 Sesame Street is "McEducation." Like things served by the golden arches, Sesame Street has at once elevated the dregs and lowered the quality to mediocrity
    • 1995 Christopher Lloyd, Linda Morris & Vic Rauseo, "Dark Victory," Frasier, Season 2, Episode 24 (aired 23rd May 1995), spoken by Niles Crane (played by David Hyde Pierce) Two years of hard work wiped out by one of your 2 minute McSessions!
    • 2003 Anthony Wright, British politics: a very short introduction, Oxford University Press, p35 Some of the techniques have been imported from the United States, but Britain's tight political and media village is now the European market leader in this kind of McPolitics.
related terms:
  • Mac-
McAlpine's Fusiliers etymology After Sir Robert McAlpine, a major employer of Irish workmen, and (possibly) the military appearance of a group of men with shovels over their shoulders.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ireland, UK, informal) The Irish immigrant labour force in Britain in the early 20th century.
    • 2006, Kevin Noble, Baghdad Trucker, Northern Writers, Durham, page 92 He'd left his homeland at fifteen, seeking his fortune on the motorways of Britain with McAlpine's Fusiliers before migrating to Sydney.
The term was popularised by the 1960s Dubliner's song of the same name.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, countable) acronym of Medical College Admission Test
  2. (UK, slang, uncountable) the drug mephedrone.
Alternative forms: (Medical College Admission Test) M.C.A.T.
coordinate terms:
  • (Medical College Admission Test) SAT, DAT, GMAT, ACT

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