Words starting with ” m ” for SAT, GRE, GMAT, CAT skmclasses Bangalore

macabre – eponym: gruesome; having death as a subject; causing horror in the viewer

macadam – eponym: a common type of paving of roads

macarism – pleasure in another’s joy

macarism pleasure in another’s joy

macerate – 1. to soften by soaking 2. to weaken, esp. by starvation

Mach number – eponym: speed, stated as ratio to speed of sound

macharomancy – divination by knives and swords [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

machiavellian – eponym: cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous

machination – a crafty scheme to an evil end

mackabroin; mackabroine – a disobliging woman (says one source); a hideous old woman (says another)
mackabroin mackabroine a disobliging woman

Mackabroin Mackabroine – a disobliging woman

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Mackabroin Mackabroine is at

mackintosh – eponym: a raincoat

macron – the horizontal mark indicating the long pronunciation of a vowel, as in ā (see diacritical mark)

macrosmatic – having a supersensitive nose (The Word Lover’s Dictionary)

maculate – stained; impure (less commonly, spotted or blotched) (contrast immaculate)

madefy­ ­– to make wet or moist

mae west – eponym: an inflatable life jacket, in the form of a collar extending down the chest

magazine (guns) – 1. a chamber holding a supply of cartridges to be fed automatically to the breech of a gun 2. a store for arms, ammunition, and explosives

magdalen; magdalene (also here) – eponym: a reformed prostitute; also, a refuge for such women or a reformatory for prostitutes

magenta – toponym: a deep purplish-red dye (chemical name: fuchsine); its color

maggotorium – a place where maggots are bred for use as bait by anglers

maggotry – foolishness, absurdity. Obsolete

Maginot line (also here) – eponym: an expensive defense that seems impregnable, creates a false sense of security, but proves utterly ineffective

(typically because it is static and thus cannot respond to other means of attack).

magma – hot fluid or semi-fluid rock within the earth’s crust

magpie (etymology)

Mahernia – a certain genus, named as a near-anagram of the related genus Hermannia.

maidenhead (etymology)

maieutic – a technique in which a teacher (rather than giving information) asks a series of questions to draw out, from the student, ideas previously latent in the student’s mind [A more common word for this is Socratic (eponym). A few sources also give hebamic as a rare word of the same meaning.]

mail slot – a slot or slit in a door (occasionally in a wall), through which mail can be delivered

Main Street – typical, average Americans (or, typical small-town Americans), taken as a group. [Note: a derogatory sense of “parochial, conservative” is common in the dictionaries but much less common in usage.]

maintenance ­– law: an outsider unjustifiably stepping in to assist a litigant

maisonette – Brit: a two-floor apartment in a larger building, often with its own entrance

majorette or drum majorette – a girl or woman who leads a marching band or accompanies it as a baton twirler

malaprop; malapropism – eponym: ludicrous misuse of a word, by confusing it with one of similar sound

malediction – a curse; calling a curse down upon

malingering – see Munchausen syndrome

malleable – easily controlled or influenced; tractable (also, able to adjust to changing circumstances; adaptable). In science, a malleable metal is one that can be hammered or pounded into thin sheets; contrast ductile

malt – grain (usually barley) that has been sprouted (to convert the seed’s starch into sugar) and then dried. The first step in brewing.

malversation – corruption by one in public office or a position of trust.

malware – malicious software, designed to damage or disrupt a system [see virus; Trojan; worm]

mamelon – a rounded hillock; a rounded elevation or protuberance

mamihlapinatapei (foreign) – a shared glance of longing between two people, each knowing the meaning and each wishing the other will initiate something

where neither is quite willing to make the move. [from the Fuegian language of Tierra del Fuego]

mammothrept – a spoiled child [from Greek meaning “raised by one’s grandmother”]

man Friday – eponym: a valued right-hand man

manciple – a person responsible for provisioning a group of people (more specifically, one who purchases provisions for a college, monastery, Inn of Court, etc.)

mancy – suffix meaning “divination; foretelling the future”. Divination forms include divination by the air:aero-; cocks:alectro-; meal, flour, or bran:alphito-; human entrails:antinopo-; numbers:arith-; dice:astragalo-; flight or entrails of birds:augery; saws:axino-; herbs:botano-; asses’ heads:cephaleono-; writing in papers, and Valentines:charto-; the hands:chiro-; crystals:crystallo-; rings:dactylo-; devils and evil spirits:demono-; sound of or marks upon the belly:gastro-; earth:geo-; circles:gyro-; water:hydro-; fishes:icthyo-; idols, images, and figures:idolo-; vessels of brass or other metal:kaltabo-; smoke:kapno-; looking-glasses:katoxtro-; the melting of wax:kero-; lots:klero-; sieves:koseino-; corn or grain:kritho-; candles and lamps:lampado-; basins of water:lecano-; stones:litho-; burning of incense:livano-; logarithms:logarith-; knives and swords:macharo-; summoning the dead:necro-; lees of wine:oino-; the navel:omphelo-; the nails:onchyo-; dreams:oneiro-; names:ono-; birds:ornitho-; feet:podo-; soul, affections, or dispositions of men:psycho-; fire:pyro-; stars:roado-; shadows:scio-; skins, bones, &c:spatala-; the elements:stareo-; marks from the breast to the belly:sterno-; figs:syco-; ashes:tephro-; Scriptures, or word of God:theo-; beasts:therio-; cheese:tyro-

mandala – an intricate design signifying the universe (Hinduism, Buddhism)

mandelbug – eponym: computer programming (software): bug that behaves in chaotic, seemingly random manner

mandrel – a core or rod around which material is shaped or formed

manhandling (noun) – rough handling

man-hating – hatred of the male sex; misandry

Manichean – viewing the world as a stark conflict between good and evil, “black vs. white”, with no shades of gray

mano-a-mano – (noun, adj., adv.) face to face confrontation; direct competition

manuduction – careful guidance (adj. manuductory). manuductor – an officer in the ancient church, who gave the signal for the choir to sing, who beat time and regulated the music

manumission – release from slavery

manustupration – masturbation [from Latin manus “hand” + stuprare “defile”]

manyplies – one of four parts of a cow’s stomach; see abomasum

marcel – eponym: a deep soft wave made in the hair by the use of a heated curling iron

marge – border; margin; edge; verge

marginalia – notes made in the margins of a book

marmoreal; marmorean (also here) – of or suggesting of marble (can emphasize smoothness, whiteness, hardness or coldness.)

maroon – an exploding firework that produces a loud bang

marplot – eponym: an officious meddler whose interference compromises the success of an undertaking

martial – eponym: of war or a warrior; also, warlike

martinet – eponym: a strict disciplinarian; also, a demander of absolute adherence to forms and rules

marver – glassblowing: a smooth, hard, flat surface on which softened glass is rolled [Fr. marbre = marble]

masjid; musjid – a mosque

mason jar – eponym: a wide-mouthed glass jar with a screw top, used for canning food

mass market – the market for goods produced in large quantities for the broad population

mass of maneuver – something held in reserve, to be used when and where the appropriate becomes clear (chiefly military, but available for metaphorical use)

mass producer – a manufacture producing in large quantities, typically by automated process

matronymic – adj. and noun: of a name derived from one’s mother or maternal ancestor

matutinal – relating to the early morning, esp. the period just after waking

maudlin – eponym: with shallow, mawkish sentimentality; also, in the drunken state of tearful sentimentality and effusive affection

maulstick; mahlstick – a light stick on which a painter supports and steadies his brush hand, for detail work, without resting the hand on wet paint

mau-mau – informal: to attack or denounce vociferously, especially so as to intimidate

maunder – to move, talk, or act in a rambling or aimless manner

mausoleum – eponym: 1. a large stately tomb (or a building housing such tomb(s)) 2. a gloomy, usually large room or building

mawkish – sickly or excessively sentimental as to be nauseous; disgusting

mazarine – eponym: a deep blue color

mazy – like a maze, in design or complexity; labyrinthine

McJob – a low-paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity

mea culpa – an acknowledgement that one is at fault

mead – a meadow

mead – an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water

measly – original definition: infected with measles; also (of beef or pork) infected with larval parasites

mecca – toponym: a place which attracts many people of a particular group or with a particular interest

medicaster – a medical charlatan; a quack

medusa – eponym: the tentacled stage in the life cycle of a jellyfish. [a nice image, that!]

megalomania – mania for grandiose or extravagant actions; also, a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur

meiosis – rhetoric: a litotes in which the understatement is by the name used, rather than by an adjective such as “tiny”; e.g., saying an amputated leg is “just a flesh wound.” (compare litotes)

melancholy – adj.: sad or depressed. noun: deep, persistent sadness

melanism – excess dark pigment

meliorism – the belief that improvement of society depends on human effort. (meliorist; melioristic)

mellifluous – smooth and sweetly flowing (typically used of a voice or other sounds). from L for ‘honey-flowing’

meme – an element of culture passed on by imitation or other non-genetic means [coined by Richard Dawkins, biologist; cross between an idea and a gene]

mememto mori – a reminder of mortality

mendicant – a beggar. adj: begging for a living

meninges (singular meninx) – see dura mater

mensh – a person admirable for fundamental decency

mentor – eponym: a wise and trusted counselor or teacher; also, v.tr. and v.intr. to serve as such a counselor or teacher, esp. in a job-setting. (1750, from Mentor, character in the Odyssey, who was often actually Athene in disguise)

menudo – a spicy Mexican soup

mephitic – foul smelling

mercer – a cloth merchant

mercerize – eponym: to treat cotton thread with lye, so as to increase its strength, luster and affinity for dye

mercurial – with shrewdness, eloquence, or thievishness; also, changeable in temperament or mood; volatile

merdivorous – dung-eating [same as coprophagous]

meretricious – 1. concerning prostitutes or prostitution 2.a. vulgarly attracting attention; gaudy b. specious; plausible but false or insincere

17 meretricious concerning prostitutes or prostitution cyprian lewd woman prostitute

Couple of my exhusbands

Trapping men to see something

mesmerize – eponym: 1. to spellbind; enthrall 2. to hypnotize

mestizo – either a person of mixed ancestry (say some dictionaries) or specifically european/american-indian mix (say other dictionaries). see also mulatto

metallised (or metalled) road – a road that has been tarmacked

metamorphosis – a complete change in physical nature, as if by magic; also, striking change in appearance or character (the metamorphosis of the old house); also, the change in certain animals (e.g., a butterfly) from larva to adult. metamorphic – relating to metamorphosis, particularly of rocks

metanalysis – creation of a new word by reinterpreting the form of an old one

meteor – the streak of light as a stone passes through the earth’s atmosphere; also, the stone itself during that passage
meteoroid – a stone in interplanetary space, too small to be an asteroid
meteorite – the stone, formerly a meteor, after having come to rest on or in the earth
meteoric – of very sudden brilliance, swiftly rising and seemingly coming from nowhere.

metheglin – a drink of fermented honey and water (also called ‘mead’), esp. when spiced or medicated

Methuselah – eponym: a very old man. (by extension: 1. any plant or animal alive but extremely old for its kind or circumstances 2. pertaining to extremely long life-span.) Also: a certain large wine-bottle

metonymy – substituting one word or phrase for another with which it is closely associated, as Washington for the United States government. metonym

miasma – a noxious atmosphere (as from a swamp) or influence

Micawber – eponym: a kindhearted, but ineffective, incurable optimist

Mickey Finn – eponym: slang: knockout drops slipped into a drink; also, an alcoholic drink that has been deliberately adulterated with a strong sedative or purgative

Mickey Mouse – eponym: 1. unimportant, trivial: a Mickey Mouse operation 2. irritatingly petty: Mickey Mouse regulations

microburst – sudden, short-lived downdraft that creates strong wind shear

micropachycephalosaurus – a certain kind of dinosaur

micturate – to urinate

Midas touch – eponym: ability to make & keep huge sums money

midlist – a publisher’s new or current books expected to have less popular appeal than the frontlist

midwife – (interesting etymology; see Archives)

midwife toad – a certain genus of toad of Western Europe, notable because the males carry the fertilized eggs

mien – bearing or manner, esp. as it reveals an inner state of mind: “He was a Vietnam veteran with a haunted mien.” (James Traub)

milquetoast – eponym: a timid, meek, or unassertive person

mimbo – a male bimbo

minaret – a slender tower of a mosque, with a balcony from which a crier (the muezzin) calls Muslims to prayer

minerval – a gift given in gratitude by a pupil to a teacher; also a fee paid to a schoolteacher [ presumably one which is called, with genteel tact, a ‘gift’.]

mingy; mingey – British; antique: somewhat unpleasant – maybe unhelpful or tightfisted

miniature – a picture or decorative letter [not necessarily small] on an illuminated manuscript; also, a small painting, or more generally, something small of its class.

minimus – the little finger (or the little toe)

minion – 1. an obsequious follower or dependent; a sycophant 2. a subordinate official.

mirabilia – n.pl. wonders

mirabiliary – a miracle worker

mis en scène – the staging of a play; the stage setting

misandry – hatred of men

miscible – (of liquids) capable of being mixed together, in any proportion (In other words, like alcohol and water; not like oil and water.) The opposite is immiscible.

miscreant – behaving badly or unlawfully (noun: one who behaves that way)

mishmash – a confused mixture

misocapnist – person who hates tobacco smoke

misogyny – hatred of women

misoneism – dislike of novelty (So says OED, but I think of it as far stronger, an extreme fear or hatred of anything new, as in its very first usage.)

also misoeist

misprision – 1. neglect or malperformance in office (not implying corruption) 2. misinterpretation, esp. undervaluing; also, contempt, scorn [noun form of


misremember – 1. to remember inaccurately 2. to forget entirely

Miss MacKenzie – a female who will “do it”; a young lady who is loved by all

missish – like a miss; prim; affected; sentimental

mithridatism (eponym) – tolerance or immunity to a poison, acquired by taking gradually larger doses of it. mithridate – an antidote against poison,

especially a confection formerly held to be an antidote to all poisons.

mixed message – action that gives confusingly contradictory signals

mizzle – mist and drizzle

mnemonic – adj. assisting the memory. noun – a device (as a rhyme) to aid memory

moating (in art conservation) – see weave impression

mocktail – [mock + cocktail] a cocktail with no alcohol

mohel (or moil, moyl or moyle) – in Judaism, one who performs the circumcision of a male child.

moiety – one of two roughly-equal parts; a half. Typically use of a deceased’s estate.

moil – to work with painful effort; to toil; to drudge (noun: toil; hard work; drudgery); also, to churn or swirl about continuously (noun: confusion;


moirologist – a hired mourner

mojo – 1. a magic charm or spell 2. a voodoo amulet 3. personal magnetism, charm

Molotov cocktail – eponym: makeshift incendiary bomb: flammable liquid in a breakable bottle, with rag wick lit just before hurling

mome – a blockhead or fool; a dull, silent person. However, Novobatzky & Shea define it as ‘a nitpicking critic’; Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

(1898), gives ‘a Momus, find-fault, carping fellow’, citing Cotgrave, and adds “from Momus, the [Greek] god of raillery”.

Monday morning quarterback – from US football: a second-guesser; one who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight. (also used as a verb)

mondegreen – a series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric. For example, I led the pigeons to the

flag for I pledge allegiance to the flag.

monkey wrench – eponym: US term for what Brits call a spanner

monkey wrench US term for what Brits call a spanner

monkish – inclined to disciplinary self-denial

monkshood – see aconite

monoculture – the cultivation of only a single crop in a particular area

monologuize – synonym for soliloquize

monopsony – a market in which there is only one buyer

monotherapy – use of a single drug to treat a particular disorder

monotreme – [Greek for ‘one-hole’] an order of primitive egg-laying mammals

Montgolfier – eponym: a hot-air balloon

moon – (etymology) from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to measure”; a month is measured by the phases of the moon

moon dog – see parhelion

moon-calf –
• originally: a misshapen mass in the uterus (thought to be caused by the baleful influence of the moon); a false pregnancy; also, from this: a monster
• more commonly: a born fool; a simpleton; or one given to absent-minded daydreaming (but coming to be used in the sense of “someone sentimentally love-


mooreeffoc – the queerness of things which, previously trite, are suddenly seen from a new angle

moot – 1. subject to debate; arguable. 2. law: of no practical importance in the context of the case; irrelevant

moraine – a mass of rocks and sediment carried down and deposited by a glacier

mordacious (also here, and see mordant) – biting; caustic; sarcastic; capable of wounding (also biting in the literal sense)

mordant (or mordacious) – (especially of humor) caustic; biting; sharply sarcastic (also has noun senses)

morgan – unit of inferred distance between genes on a chromosome

morganatic – of or pertaining to a legal marriage between a person of royal or noble birth and a partner of lower rank, in which no titles or estates of

the royal or noble partner are to be shared by the partner of inferior rank nor by any of the offspring of the marriage.

morganite – eponym: a rose-colored gem variety of beryl. [1911; after financier J. P. Morgan ]

morganize¹ – eponym: says OED: to assassinate secretly in order to prevent or punish disclosures [ I believe the word includes “to kidnap” for the same purpose.]

kidnapped in a car 2

morganize² – eponym: to acquire control of an entire industry, for profit [after financier J.P. Morgan]

morgen – a unit of measurement of land area, still in use in South Africa, equal to just over 0.85 hectare (2 acres)

Morocco – fine flexible leather made (originally in Morocco) from goatskins tanned with sumac

Moron – see idiot

Morpheme – a unit of meaning that cannot be broken down into smaller such units. (It can have one or more syllables but isn’t necessarilly a complete word.) A free morpheme can stand alone; a bound morpheme must combine with a free Morpheme, which it modifies. Thus the word attempting contains a free

Morpheme (attempt) and a bound morpheme ( -ing).

Morton’s Fork – eponym: the principle that “you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t”

Mossback – a very old-fashioned person, one with ancient views or thinking; an old fogy

Mossback a very old-fashioned Woman one with ancient views or thinking


mot juste (French) – the precisely right word or expression

mother-in-law – Old and Bitter; that is, a mixture of Old Ale (heavy beer more commonly drunk in the winter) and Bitter (the most common type of English

beer, usually quite hoppy in flavor)

motile – Biology: having the power to move spontaneously

mottle – verb: to mark with splotches or blots. noun: such a splotch or blotch; also, a variegated pattern, as on marble

moue – a little grimace; a pout

mouillé – a consonant sound that is softened and liquid, pronounced as a palatal sound

mouton enragé – a normally calm person who has suddenly become enraged or violent

move the goal posts – from US football: change the rules in the middle of the game; change what is required to win

mow – a grimace (some sources suggest the grimace of sticking out the lower lip)

muckender – a handkerchief

muggle – 1. people who are not wizards (Harry Potter books) – 2. old slang: a marijuana cigarette.

mugwump – one (esp. in politics) who acts independently or remains neutral (non-complimentary)

mulatto – a person half negro, half caucasian. Like terms are quadroon – ¼ black; octoroon – ⅛ black; sambo – ¾ black. As to mestizo, dictionaries differ:

either “mixed ancestry” or “a European/American Indian mix”. Ugh.

mulct – to fine someone; also, to cheat somebody out of something, esp. money

muleta – a short red cape, used by a matador to maneuver a bull during the final passes before a kill

muliebrity – the state of being a woman or of possessing full womanly powers; womanhood (correlate of virility)

mulligan – a second chance to play a golf shot; a “do-over” (see also mulligan stew)

mulligan stew or mulligan – a stew made with whatever’s available (also fig: a mixture, jumble, hotchpotch) [hobo slang]

mulligrubs – depression for no apparent reason; melancholy

mumbo-jumbo; mumbo-jumbery – obscure or meaningless language or ritual; jargon intended to impress or mystify; nonsense

Munchausen syndrome – psychological disorder in which one repeatedly seeks medical attention for physical symptoms – knowing that he is fabricating or

exaggerating the symptoms, or that they are self-inflicted

munchkin – eponym: a very small person, often endearing; a child; a minor official

mundungus – foul-smelling tobacco (also, apparently slang, in the Royal navy, for any useless or unwanted material, like gubbins, wiffen, etc.)

munge – to imperfectly transform information

Munich – toponym: shortsighted and often dishonorable appeasement of a tyrant

munificent – very liberal in giving or bestowing; very generous; lavish

munition; munitions – war material of any kind (weapons, equipment, stores, etc.), but especially weapons. (verb: to supply with munitions) Especially

weapons, but not necessarily firearms. OED quotes show the term used for items from spears and pikes to atomic bombs.

Murine – like a mouse

Murine woman A naughty woman who disturbs and bites like a mouse


murmuration – a flock (of starlings)

Murphy game – eponym: any of various confidence games often having the services of a prostitute as a lure

Murphy’s Law – eponym?: if anything can go wrong, it will [No one is sure who “Murphy” was.]

murrain – originally, a pestilence or plague; now particularly a plague among domestic animals

murrey – dark red; dark purplish red. (from mulberry)

muscatel (etymology) – Italian for “wine with flies in it”

musjid – see masjid

musth – (of a male animal, esp. an elephant or camel:) in heightened aggression and unpredictable behavior, usually occurring annually in association with

a testosterone surge (also noun: the such condition)

mutable – prone to change; inconstant; also, capable of change or of being changed (antonym: immutable)

mutatis mutandis – (when comparing two or more cases) making necessary alterations while not affecting the main point; with respective differences taken

into consideration

Mutt and Jeff – eponym: a pair of comically mismatched people, esp. one tall and one short; also, a pair of lovable losers

muumuu – a long dress, loose and unbelted, hanging free from the shoulders

muzzy – 1. mentally confused; muddled 2. blurred; indistinct

mycotrophy – symbiosis between a fungus and a green plant

mydriatic – of or pertaining to pupil dilation

myopic – nearsighted; unable to see distant objects clearly; also fig.: lacking foresight; shortsighted

myriad – noun and adj. of a very great, but indefinite number: a myriad of stars or myriad stars

myrmidon – eponym: a subordinate officer who executes cruel orders of a superior without protest or pity

myrrh – an aromatic gum resin, used in perfumes and as incense

mystagogue – one who initiates another into a mystery cult

mabble to wrap up
mabsoot happy
macadamize to cover a road with small broken stones
macarism a beatitude; taking pleasure in another’s joy
macarize to declare to be happy or blessed
macaroni nonsense; foolishness
macaronic muddled or mixed-up
macerate to steep or soak; to break up; to emaciate
macerator a person who fasts and becomes emaciated
machair low-lying sandy beach
machairodont sabre-toothed
machicolation space between corbels in a parapet
machinule tool used by surveyors to obtain right angle
macies atrophy
macilent lean; excessively thin
mackinaw heavy napped and felted wool cloth
mackintosh lightweight rubberized waterproof cotton
macon smoked salted mutton
macrobian long-lived
macrobiote long-lived organism
macrocephalic having an abnormally large head
macrocephalous having a large head
macrocosm large and complex structure considered as a whole
macrography viewing an object with the naked eye
macrology much talk with little to say; redundancy; pleonasm
macromancy divination using large objects
macromania delusion that objects are larger than natural size
macron straight line placed above vowel to indicate stress
macrophobia fear of prolonged waiting
macropicide killer of kangaroos
macropodine of, like or pertaining to kangaroos
macropterous having large wings or fins
macroscian one with a long shadow; one who inhabits polar regions
macrotone macron; straight line placed above vowel to indicate stress
macrotous big-eared
macrural having a long tail
mactation killing or slaughter of a sacrificial victim
macular spotted; patchy
maculation the act of spotting or staining
maculomancy divination using spots
maculose spotted
madapollam fine cotton cloth
madarosis loss of eyelashes or eyebrows
madder red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour
madefy to moisten or make wet
maderization wine becoming rusty in colour and flat in taste
madescent growing damp
madid wet; dank
madoline vegetable slicer with adjustable blade
madras fine plain-woven cotton or silk
maelid apple-nymph
maenadic furious; bacchanalian
maffick to celebrate exuberantly and boisterously
magadis ancient bridged stringed instrument
maggotorium place where maggots are bred for sale to fishers
magianism teachings or philosophy of the magi
magirics art of cookery
magisterial in the manner of a teacher or magistrate
magisterium teaching function of the Catholic church
magistral of, like or pertaining to a master or teacher
magistricide killer of one’s teacher
magnality wonderful or great thing
magnanerie art of raising silkworms
magnetics study of magnetism
magnetograph instrument for recording measurements of magnetic fields
magnetometer instrument for measuring intensity of magnetic fields
magneton unit of the quantized magnetic moment of a particle
magnicaudate having a long tail
magnificat canticle in praise of the Virgin Mary
magniloquent speaking in a grand or pompous style
magomancy divination by magic or sorcery
magpiety garrulousness
mahout one who rides or drives elephants
maidan open plain; open space near a town
maieutic bringing out latent thoughts; socratic
maieutics midwifery
maillot tights worn by a ballet dancer
mainmast sailing ship’s principal mast
mainour stolen goods discovered on thief
mainpernor one who gives mainprise
mainprise surety for the appearance of a prisoner at trial
mainsail principal sail on a ship’s mainmast
mainsheet rope by which mainsail is trimmed and secured
mainstay stay that extends from the main-top to the foot of the foremast
majolica elaborate glazed Italian pottery
makaf hyphen used to join words in Hebrew texts
malabathrum dried leaf used in ancient times to make perfumed ointments

malachite – 1. a copper carbonate bright green mineral, used as a source of copper and ornamental stoneware; green mineral: “Their have a beautiful home,

including a bathroom with malachite inlays.”
Approximately 1398; from Latin, ‘molochitis; from Greek, ‘molokhitis lithos’: mallow stone, from ‘molakhe’: mallow, the mineral named for its resemblance

to the color of the leaves of the mallow plant.

malacissation act of making soft or supple
malacoid made of a soft or fleshy substance
malacology study of molluscs
malacophilous pollinated by snails
malacophonous soft-voiced
malagma emollient plaster
malaguena Spanish dance performed by a couple, similar to the fandango

malaise – 1. a general feeling of physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression): “This malaise is certainly affecting my workout schedule but

luckily, not my work.”

2. a general feeling of dissatisfaction or unease
Approximately 1750; from French, ‘malaise’: literally, ill ease (‘mal-‘: the prefix mal- + ‘aise’: ease).

malapert bold; forward; saucy
malapropism misapplication of words without mispronunciation
malar of, like or pertaining to the cheek
malariology study of malaria
malarkey humbug; nonsense
malaxage softening of clay by kneading it
malaxate to soften by kneading, rubbing or mixing with a liquid

malbrouck arboreal monkey of West Africa

malbrouck arboreal monkey of West Africa

malchus short cutting sword
maledicent cursing

malefic – doing mischief; producing evil

Malefic A woman doing mischief producing evil

malfeasance evil-doing; illegal activities

Malfeasance evil-doing illegal activities

malgrado notwithstanding
malgré in spite of
maliferous harmful; unhealthy
malinger to feign sickness in order to avoid duty or work
malism the belief that the world is evil
malison a curse
malleation hammering; a hammer-mark or dent
malleiform shaped like a hammer
mallophagous eating wool or fleece
malloseismic suffering from frequent and severe earthquakes
malm calcareous loam used in making brick
malmsey sweet perfumed wine
maltha thick mineral pitch
maltster one who makes or deals in malt
malvaceous of, like or pertaining to the mallow family of plants
malversation corruption in office; corrupt administration; misconduct
mambo Cuban ballroom dance resembling the rumba or cha-cha
mamelle rounded hill
mamelon rounded hill or protuberance
mammalogy study of mammals
mammer to stammer; to waver; to be undecided
mammetry idolatry; idols collectively
mammiferous having breasts
mammiform shaped like a breast
mammila nipple
mammiliform shaped like a nipple
mammock scrap or shred; a broken piece
mammogenic promoting growth of the milk glands
mammon riches; the wealthy; the upper classes
mammonism devotion to pursuit of wealth
mammose shaped like a breast
mammothrept spoiled child
mamzer illegitimate child
manal of, like or pertaining to the hand
mancipation legal transfer by actual or symbolic sale
manciple steward of a college or monastery; purveyor
mandament command; order
mandamus writ instructing that an action should be performed
mandarism government with a large bureaucracy
mandative of, like or pertaining to commands or leadership
mandibuliform shaped like a mandible or jaw-bone
mandorla oval panel containing a work of art; elliptical halo around holy person
mandrel axle of a circular saw
mandriarch founder or leader of a monastic order
manducate to chew or eat
mandylion loose outer garment worn over armour
manège the art of horsemanship

mangabey long-tailed tropical African monkey

mangabey long-tailed tropical African monkey

manganiferous bearing manganese
mangonel medieval war engine for throwing stones
manicate having a woolly growth that can be peeled off
manicism left-handedness
maniform having the shape of a hand
maniple clerical vestment worn on the left arm
manometer instrument for measuring pressure of a liquid or gas
manqué having had unfulfilled ambition; failing to achieve expectation
manrope rope used as a handrail on a ship
mansionary residence; mansions
mansuetude meekness; tameness; sweetness of temper
mansworn perjured
mantelletta knee-length sleeveless garment worn by Catholic cardinals and bishops
mantic of, like or pertaining to divination; prophetic; divinely inspired
mantissa decimal part of logarithm
mantology fortune-telling
manubrial shaped like a handle
manubrium any handle-like structure
manuduction careful guidance; leading by hand
manumission emancipation; freedom from slavery
manurance cultivation
manustupration masturbation
manzello variant form of soprano saxophone
mappemond map of the world
maquette small model of something to be made on a larger scale
maquis guerrilla resistance force
marabout thin downy silk
maraging process by which alloy is slowly cooled in the air
marah bitterness; something bitter
marasmus wasting away of the body; emaciation due to malnutrition
marc refuse from winemaking
marcella cotton or linen in twill weave
marcescent withering without falling off
marchpane old name for marzipan
marcidity state of great leanness
marcottage propagation of trees by stripping ring of bark and covering with moss
maremma marsh; miasma
margaric pearl-like
margaritiferous pearl-bearing
margaritomancy divination using pearls
maricolous living in the sea
mariculture cultivation of aquatic flora and fauna
marigenous produced by or in the sea
marigraph instrument for recording tide levels
marimbaphone marimba with steel keys
Mariolatry worship of the virgin mother
Mariology study of the Virgin Mary
maritage right of feudal lord to arrange marriages of vassals
mariticide killing or killer of one’s husband
maritodespotism ruthless domination by a husband
marivaudage preciosity in literary style or expression
markhor reddish-grey central Asian wild goat
marl clay used as fertilizer
marline small rope wound about larger rope to keep it from fraying
marmarosis conversion of limestone into marble
marmoreal of or like marble
marocain ribbed crepe fabric
marquetry furniture inlaid with multicoloured wood, ivory, or metal
marquisette sheer meshed cloth
marrano Jew converted to Christianity to avoid persecution
marry expression of surprised agreement
martello circular fort for coastal defence
martext ignorant preacher
martinet a strict disciplinarian; one who adheres to rules
martingale lower stay of rope used to sustain strain of the forestays
martingale strap between horse’s forelegs to keep its head down
martlet heraldic representation of a bird without feet
martyrium shrine erected in memory of a martyr
martyrolatry excessive devotion to martyrs
martyrology study of martyrs
marver marble or iron slab on which molten glass is rolled
mascaron grotesque face on a door-knocker
maschalephidrosis massive sweating of the armpits
mascle diamond-shaped plate or scale
mascon concentration of dense mass beneath the moon’s surface
maskirovka use of deception or camouflage as military stratagem
masseter muscle used to move the lower jaw
masterate degree or title of a master
masticate to chew; to knead mechanically
mastigophorous bearing a whip
mastoid like a nipple or teat
mastology study of mammals
matachin Spanish ritualised sword-dance or battle dance
matelassé having a quilted ornamentation; fabric with raised pattern as if quilted
materialism belief that matter is the only extant substance
materteral of or resembling an aunt
mathemancy divination by counting
mathematicaster minor or inferior mathematician
mathematicism belief that everything is expressible in mathematical terms
mathesis mental discipline; learning or wisdom
matinal of, like or pertaining to the morning
matins prayer service held in early morning hours
matrass long-necked chemical flask
matrical of, like or pertaining to a womb or a matrix
matricular of, like or pertaining to a register
matriherital of, like or pertaining to inheritance along the female line
matriotism love for country or other institution when regarded as a mother
matripotestal of, like or pertaining to the power of mothers
matroclinic more like the mother than the father
matryoshka Russian hollow wooden doll
mattery purulent
mattock pickaxe for loosening soil
mattoid person on borderline between sanity and insanity
maturescent becoming mature
matutinal of, like or pertaining to the morning; happening early in the day
matutolypea getting up on the wrong side of the bed
maudlin tearfully sentimental
maugre in spite of; notwithstanding
maulstick stick used by painters to steady the hand

maunder to grumble; to drivel; to mutter – maundering

maundering prating clacking gibbering palavering peaching piffling

maundy custom of sovereign washing feet of poor or giving alms
mavrodaphne sweet dark red Greek wine
maxillary of, like or pertaining to a jaw
maximalism uncompromising adherence to extreme demands
maxixe Brazilian ballroom dance resembling the two-step
maxwell unit of magnetic flux
maya illusion; the world of phenomena

Illusion explained
mayhap perhaps
mazarine rich blue or reddish-blue colour
mazer hardwood drinking bowl
mazocacothesis abnormal position of the placenta
mazology mammalogy; study of mammals
mazopathia any disease of the placenta
mazurka Polish folk dance in moderate triple measure
mazut petroleum residue after distillation
mazy dizzy; confused; labyrinthine; convoluted
mazzard wild sweet cherry
mazzebah ancient Jewish sacred stone pillar
mbalax West African popular music
mbaqanga jazz-influenced southern African popular music style
mbira African musical instrument made of a hollow resonator and metal vibrating strips
meable easily penetrable
meatus opening of a passage or canal
mecate old Mexican measure of about one-tenth of an acre
mechanism belief that life is explainable by mechanical forces
mechanography mechanical reproduction of art
mechanolatry worship of machines
mechanomorphic having the form of a machine
mecometer instrument for measuring length
meconium first feces of a newborn child
meconology study of or treatise concerning opium
meconomancy divination using sleep
meconophagist consumer of opium or heroin
mediagenic able to present a good image in the media
medianic of, like or pertaining to spiritualists, mediums or prophets
medicament externally applied curative treatment
medicaster quack; charlatan
meditabund absorbed in meditation
medius the middle finger
medullary consisting of or resembling marrow or pith
medusiform resembling a jellyfish
meedless undeserving; unrewarded
meerkat small long-tailed African ground squirrel or mongoose
meet fitting; proper
megacerine extinct giant deer
megachiropteran of, like or pertaining to fruit bats
megalith large rough stone used as a monument
megalography artistic depiction of legendary or significant events
megameter instrument for determining longitude by observing stars
megaprosopous having a large face
megascope instrument for projecting an enlarged image
megascopic visible to the naked eye
megathermic surviving only in tropical climates
megistotherm plant requiring very high temperatures
megrim dizziness; migraine; low spirits
mehari camel used for racing
meiosis understatement of size or importance for rhetorical effect
mekometer range-finder
mel honey
melalgia pain in the limbs
melanic black; very dark
melaniferous containing or bearing melanin
melano abnormally dark person or animal
melanochroic dark-skinned
melasma dark patch of skin
meldometer instrument for measuring melting points of substances
meleagrine of, like or pertaining to turkeys
melic to be sung; lyric
melichrous having a honey-like colour
meline canary-yellow
meliorism the belief the world tends to become better
meliphagous feeding upon honey
melisma tune; melodic embellishment; ornamentation
melismatic florid in melody
melittology study of bees
mellaginous of, like or pertaining to or resembling honey
melliferous producing or forming honey
mellification honey-making
melliloquent speaking harmoniously or sweetly
mellisonant sweet-sounding
mellivorous honey-eating
melodikon keyboard instrument that brings tuning forks in contact with rotating cone
melologue recitation with musical accompaniment
melomania craze for music
melopepon any of various kinds of squash
melopoeia composition of music
melton strong and smooth heavy woollen cloth
membral of, like or pertaining to the limbs rather than the trunk
memoriter from memory; by heart
memoriter from memory
menald speckled; spotted
menarche first menstruation
mendaciloquence lying speech
mendacity insincerity; inclination to tell falsehoods
mendicant member of impoverished religious order
menisciform shaped like a crescent
meniscus crescent-shaped object; concave lens
menology register or calendar of saints’ days
mensal of, like or pertaining to the dinner-table; monthly
menstruum solvent used in the preparation of drugs
mensuration measuring to find the dimensions of things
mental of, like or pertaining to the chin
mentalism belief that the world can be explained as aspect of the mind
mentatiferous telepathic
mentation thought; cogitation; cognition
menticide reduction of mind by psychological pressure
mentonniere armour covering the chin, neck, and lower part of the face
mentum the chin
mephitic foul-smelling
meracious pure; unmixed
mercedary pertaining to the giving or receiving of wages
mercer dealer in small wares or textiles
mercurial volatile; fluctuating
merdivorous dung-eating
merdurinous composed of urine and feces
merengue Caribbean ballroom dance in which feet are frequently dragged
mereology study of part-whole relationships
meretricious of, like or pertaining to prostitution; superficially attractive but lacking value
merino soft wool of the merino sheep; any soft merino-like wool or wool and cotton cloth
merism rhetorical device of contrasting two parts of a whole
meristic divided into parts or segments
meritocracy government by the meritorious
merkin pubic wig
merlon narrow wall in battlement between embrasures
merocracy government by a part of the citizenry
merogenesis segmentation
meromorphic fractional
meronym word whose relation to another is a part to the whole
meropia partial blindness
mersion dipping; as in baptism
merycism rumination
mesail movable visor of a helmet
mésalliance unsuitable marriage
meseems it seems to me
mesial middle
mesic adapted to life with a moderate supply of moisture
mesnalty feudal estate
mesochroic having skin colour intermediate between light and dark
mesocracy government by the middle classes
mesology ecology
mesotherm plant living only in moderate climates
mesozeugma placement of a word referring to two different clauses between them
mesquin mean; ungracious
messaline soft lightweight silk with a satin weave
messianism belief in a single messiah or saviour
messuage house with land and auxiliary buildings
metabasis transition; transfer; in rhetoric, movement from one topic to another
metabiosis reliance of an organism on another for environment
metachronism an error of dating an event too late
metachrosis ability of animals to change colour
metage official weighing of goods; charge for such weighing
metagnomy divination
metagnostic incomprehensible; beyond understanding
metagraphy transliteration
metagrobolize to mystify; to puzzle out
metalepsis metonymy of a double or indirect kind
metalliferous bearing metal
metallogenic metal occurring as an ore as opposed to in rocks
metallogeny study of the origin and distribution of metal deposits
metallography study of the structure and constitution of metals
metallophone instrument like the xylophone but with metal bars
metallurgy study of alloying and treating metals
metameric of, like or pertaining to serial division or segmentation of body
metanalysis incorrect placement of ‘n’ at start of word following a nindefinite article
metanoia repentance; fundamental change in character
metanomen metaphorical name
metaphony umlaut; change in vöwel sound due to nearby consonant
metaphrase turning of prose into verse or vice versa
metaphrast one who produces a metaphrase
metaphysics study of principles of nature and thought
metaphysis change in form; metamorphosis
metaplasm alteration in spelling of a word by adding, removing, or transposing letters
metapolitics study of politics in theory or abstract
metapsychology study of nature of the mind
metastasis removal from one place to another; rapid transition in argument
metasthenic having strong haunches or hindquarters
metastrophe mutual exchange
metathesis transposition of sounds or letters of a word
métayage system of agricultural labour with share of produce as wages
metempirical beyond the scope of knowledge
metempsychosis passing of soul after death into another body
metemptosis omission of day from calendar to correct lunar calendar
metensomatosis movement of soul into new body before or after death
meteorism abdominal cramps and swelling due to flatulence
meteoritics the study of meteors
meteorograph instrument recording a variety of meteorological observations
meteorography written description of weather
meteoromancy divination by studying meteors
methanometer instrument for detecting presence of methane
metheglin mead; honey ale
methinks I believe; I think
methomania morbid craving for alcohol
methysis drunkenness
métier profession, occupation, calling or business
metonymy figurative use of word to name an attribute of its subject
metope front, forehead or frontal surface
metopic of, like or pertaining to the forehead
metopomancy divination using the forehead or face
metoposcopy fortune-telling or judgement of character by the lines of the forehead
metrics study of versification
metrocracy government by mothers or women; matriarchy
metrology science of weights and measures
metromania insatiable desire for writing verse
metronymy system of naming after the mother’s or female line
metrophobia fear of poetry
metropolitan archbishop holding authority over other bishops
meuse space through which animal track passes
mew to shed, moult or change
mewling crying feebly
mezzotint method of copper engraving with even gradation of tones
mho unit of electrical conductance
miasma foul vapours from rotting matter; unwholesome air
micaceous consisting of or made of mica
micrander dwarf male plant
microanatomy study of microscopic tissues
microbarograph instrument for recording minute changes in atmospheric pressure
microbiology study of microscopic organisms
microcalorimeter instrument for measuring tiny quantities of heat
microcephalic having a very small head
microclimatology study of local climates
micrograph instrument used to write on a very small scale
micrography description of objects observed under a microscope
microlith very small stone tool
micrology study or discussion of trivialities
micromancy divination using small objects
micromania pathological self-deprecation or belief that one is very small
micrometer instrument for measuring very small distances
microminiaturization extreme miniaturization used in making electronic components
micronometer instrument for measuring short periods of time
micropalaeontology study of microscopic fossils
microphagous feeding on small creatures or plants
microphyllous having small leaves
microphytology study of very small plant life
micropodal having extremely small feet
micropolis small city
micropsia disease causing objects to appear smaller than actual size
micropyle microscopic orifice
microscopy study of minute objects
microseismograph instrument for recording small or distant earthquakes
microseismometer instrument for measuring small or distant earthquakes
microsomatous having a small body
microtome instrument used to cut very small sections of something
micrurgy dissection under magnification or under a microscope
micturition the act of urinating
mida larva of the bean-fly
midinette shop-girl
midlenting custom of giving gifts to parents on mid-Lent Sunday
mien air or look; manner
mignon small and dainty
migraineur one who suffers from migraines
mil unit of 1/1000 inch used for measuring thickness of wire
mileometer instrument for recording distance travelled in miles
miliary like or concerning millet seeds
militaster soldier without skill or ability

milksop – 1. a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive: “He stumbled into success once, but a milksop like him seldom gets lucky twice.”

adjective form: milksoppy
Approximately 1350; originally ‘bread soaked in milk.’

milleflori glassware made of coloured rods embedded in clear glass
millenarianism belief that an ideal society will be produced in the near future
millesimal thousandth; consisting of thousandth parts
milliad millennium; period of a thousand years
milliammeter instrument for recording very small electrical currents
millionocracy government by millionaires
millocracy government by mill owners

milquetoast very timid; unassertive person

milquetoast a timid, meek, or unassertive woman


milt fish spawn
milvine of, like or pertaining to kites and similar birds
mim prim, demure
mimature mimicry
mimesis rhetorical imitation of another’s words or mannerisms
mimetic imitative; of, like or pertaining to mimicry
mimography written representation of signs
minacious threatening
minargent alloy of copper, silver and aluminum
minatory threatening
minauderie display of affectation
mineralography study and description of minerals
mineralogy study of minerals
miniaceous colour of reddish lead
miniate to decorate with rubrics; to illuminate a manuscript
miniaturist one who paints miniature pictures
minify to diminish, in appearance or reality
minim unit of liquid volume equal to 1/480 fluid ounces
minimifidian having the smallest possible degree of faith
minimism inclination to reduce a dogma to the least possible
minimuscular tiny
minium vermilion; red lead
miniver ermine in winter coat; ermine or squirrel fur
minnesinger medieval troubadour or poet
minster church associated with a monastery
minuend number from which another is to be subtracted
minuet slow and stately Baroque dance in 3/4 time
minutious paying undue attention to minutiae
miosis abnormal contraction of the pupil of the eye
miothermic of, like or pertaining to temperature conditions of the present day
mirabilia wonders
mirabiliary miracle worker
mirador belvedere or watchtower; architectural feature with good view
mird to meddle
mirific wonder-working; marvellous
mirliton reed pipe
misacceptation misinterpretation
misandry hatred of men
misaunter misadventure or mishap
misbeseem to be unsuited or unsuitable to
miscegene person of mixed racial heritage
miscellanarian writer of miscellanies
misericord ledge in church to lean against while standing; forgiveness or mercy
misfeasance doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner
mislight to lead astray by a light
misocainea hatred of new ideas
misocapnic hating tobacco or its smoke
misoclere one who hates the clergy
misogallic hating France or the French
misology hatred of reason or knowledge
misoneism hatred of novelty
misopaedia hatred of children
misosophy hatred of knowledge or wisdom
misotheism hatred of God or deities
misprise to scorn; to slight; to undervalue
misprision mistake; overlooking of a crime of another
missal book containing complete service for mass
mistetch bad habit
mistigris variation of poker where blank card can have any value
misyoke to yoke or marry unsuitably
miter high headdress worn by bishop or archbishop
mithridate antidote to poison
mithridatism immunity to poison by taking increasingly large doses
miticide agent which kills mites
mitogenic causing cell division
mitrailleur machine-gunner
mitrate shaped like a mitre or bonnet
mitriform mitre-shaped
mittimus warrant granted for sending a charged person to jail
mixen dunghill
mixotrophic combining different modes of nutrition
mizmaze labyrinth; bewilderment
mizzen three-masted vessel; aft sail of such a vessel
mizzenmast mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship
mizzle to rain in small drops
mnemon unit of memory, largely hypothetical
mnemonist one from whose memory nothing is erased
mnemotechny system for improving memory
mnesic of, like or pertaining to memory
mobilism belief that nothing is fixed
mobocracy government by mobs or crowds
mockado inferior quality woollen fabric
modalism belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three modes of a single entity
modena crimson
modillion ornamental bracket under Corinthian or other column
modish fashionable; stylish
modiste a maker or seller of fashionable dresses and hats
modius cylindrical headdress of the gods
modulo taking into account
modulus number leaving same remainder when divided into two others
mofette volcanic opening in the earth emitting carbon dioxide
mofussil provincial; rural
mogadore ribbed silk used in making neckties
mogigraphia writing only with difficulty
mogigraphy cramped writing; writer’s cramp
mogilalia speaking only with difficulty

Mongoose – viverrine, herpestine

Viverrine Woman Mongoose Herpestine

mohair fabric made from silky hair of angora goats
moilsome laborious
moineau small flat bastion that protects fortification when being built
moire watered silk
moiré watered appearance on cloth or metal
moirologist mourner for hire
molariform shaped like a molar
molendinar of, like or pertaining to a mill or miller
molendinary mill
moleskin heavy durable cotton
molimen great effort, especially in performing natural functions
molimo wooden trumpet used by Mbuti pygmies
molinary of, like or pertaining to mills or grinding
molinology study of mills and milling
mollescent softening
mollipilose downy; soft; having soft plumage
mollities softness; softening
mollitious luxurious; sensuous
molluscicide killing of mollusks
mollycoddle an effeminate man
molo two or three-stringed lute of West Africa
molochize to sacrifice
molossus verse foot of three long syllables
molybdosis lead poisoning
momentaneous momentary; instantaneous
momilogy study of mummies
Momus satirist; critic
mon Japanese family crest
monachise to cause to become a monk
monachism monasticism
monadism theory that there exist ultimate units of being
monandry marriage to only one man at a time
monanthous having only a single flower
monaxial having only one axis
mondain worldly; fashionable; such a person
monepic comprising only one word or single-word sentences
monergism theory that the Holy Spirit alone can act
moneyocracy government by the monied classes
mongery trafficking or marketing, especially in discreditable ways
monial a nun
moniliform shaped like a string of beads
monism belief that all things can be placed in one category
monition caution; warning
monitory letter containing a warning
monkery monks in general; monasticism; behaviour of monks
monoblepsia colour-blindness for all but one colour
monocarpic producing fruit only once
monocerous having only one horn
monochord musical instrument having only one string
monochroic of one colour
monochromasy complete colour-blindness
monochronic contemporaneous
monocracy government by one individual
monoculture growing of one agricultural crop only
monoculus one-eyed person
monodont one-tusked
monodrama one-man show; play having only one actor
monody mournful ode or poem performed by a single mourner
monoecious having both male and female reproductive organs
monogenesis origin of offspring from identical parent
monogoneutic having only a single brood or litter
monogony asexual reproduction
monoideism obsession or fixation on a single idea or thought
monolatry worship of one god without excluding belief in others
monoliteral comprising only one letter
monolith large single stone in form of monument, obelisk or column
monology habit of offering soliloquies or monologues
monomachy single combat; a duel
monomania abnormal obsession with a single thought or idea
monomorphic having only one form
monoousian having the same substance
monophagous feeding on only one type of food
monophobia fear of being alone
monophylletic derived from common ancestry or parentage
monophysitism belief that Christ was primarily divine but in human form
monopode one-footed person with foot large enough to be a sunshade
monopolylogue dramatic work in which one actor plays many roles
monopsony case of only one buyer for products of several sellers
monopsychism belief that individuals have a single eternal soul
monopteron circular temple with one ring of columns
monoptote word with one form for all cases; indeclinable noun
monorhyme series of lines all rhyming together
monoschemic having the same metrical pattern throughout
monostichous in one line; in one row
monostrophe poem in which all stanzas share an identical structure
monostylar consisting of a single shaft
monosy separation of parts normally fused
monotheism belief in only one God
monotheletism belief that Christ had only one will
monothelious polyandrous
monotroch wheelbarrow
monoxylon canoe made from one log
monstrance vessel used to expose the Eucharist
monstricide killing of a monster
montane mountainous; mountain-dwelling
montant vertical member in panelling or framing
montero huntsman
montgolfier balloon using fire for propulsion
monticle a little hill
monticolous mountain-dwelling
montiform shaped like a mountain
montre visible pipes of an organ
monture mounting, setting or frame
mooncalf false conception or fleshy mass in the womb
moonraker topmost sail of a ship, above the skyscraper
moorlog deposit of decayed woody material under a marsh
moot meeting; gathering; meeting-hall
mopsical short-sighted
moquette thick piled fabric used in upholstery and carpeting
mor humus layer formed by slow decomposition in acidic soil
mora delay
morassic of, like or pertaining to a morass
morbidezza an extreme delicacy and softness
morbiferous disease-bringing
morbilli measles
morbilliform like or resembling measles
morbus disease
morcellate to divide into small portions
mordacious given to biting; biting in quality
mordant biting; caustic; incisive; corrosive
mordent rapidly alternating a tone with one half-tone lower; reverse trill
moreen stout corded wool or cotton
morel dark-coloured horse; blackish colour
moresco a Moorish dance or morris-dance
morgan unit of inferred distance between genes on a chromosome
morganatic of, like or pertaining to a marriage between those of unequal rank
morganise to secretly do away with
morgen unit of land area slightly more than two acres
morgue haughtiness; arrogance
moria folly
morient dying
moriform shaped like a mulberry
morigeration deferential behaviour
morigerous obsequious or deferent
morion open helmet without visor
morioplasty restoration of lost parts of the body
morkin animal that has died by accident
morling sheep dead from disease; its wool
mormal inflamed sore
morne dismal; gloomy; sombre
morology nonsense
morosis pathological feeble-mindedness
morosophy foolish pretence of wisdom
morphallaxis regeneration in a changed form
morphean of, like or pertaining to dreams
morphew skin eruption
morphinomania habitual craving or desire for morphine
morphogenesis origin or development of a body part or organ
morphography scientific description of external form
morphology study of forms and the development of structures
morphometry measurement of form or shape
morphonomy laws governing biological morphology
morphotic of, like or pertaining to formation or development
morris vigorous English dance performed by costumed men
morro rounded hill or headland
morsal of, like or pertaining to the cutting edge of a knife
morse walrus
morsitation act of biting or gnawing
morsure a bite
mortalism belief that the soul is mortal
mortiferous death-bringing; fatal
mortise hole or recess made in wood to receive a tenon
mortmain restrictive influence of the past on the present
moschate having a musky odour
moschiferous producing musk
moslings thin strips taken off when dressing skins
motable constantly moving
motatory continually moving
motiferous conveying motion
motile capable of moving spontaneously as a whole
motograph old telegraph or telephone receiver
moton armour for the armpit
motrix female motor
motte artificial mound upon which a castle is built
mottle to variegate blotchily
moucharaby projecting latticed window
mouchard police spy
mouillé sounded in a liquid manner; palatized
mouldwarp mole
moulin shaft in a glacier caused by water running down a crack
moulinet machine for bending a crossbow
mountenance amount; distance
mournival set of four things
mousseline fine sheer fabric
mousseline very fine glassware
mouton sheepskin processed to look like the fur of another animal
movent moving; capable of causing motion
mow to make a grimace
moya volcanic mud
moyenant by means of; on condition that
mozzetta short cape with ornamental hood worn by Catholic prelates
mucago mucus; mucilage
mucedinous mouldy; mildewy
muchity great size or bulk
mucid mouldy; musty
muciferous conveying or secreting mucus
mucilage any sticky substance
mucivorous feeding on plant juices
mucopurulent of mucus and pus
mucorrhoea discharge of mucus
mucronate terminating in a sharp point
mucrone stiff sharp point forming an abrupt end
mucroniform like, having or resembling a sharp point
muculent like mucus
muffineer dish for keeping muffins hot
mugient bellowing; braying
mugwump one who is neutral politically
mulciberian of, like or pertaining to metalworking
mulct to swindle; to obtain by fraud
mulctuary punishable by a fine
muleteer mule-driver
muliebrile womanly; feminine
muliebrity womanhood
mulism obstinate quirk or habit
mull soft fine sheer cotton or silk fabric
mull to moisten leather to make it more supple
muller flat heavy stone or iron pulverizing tool
mullet five-pointed star in heraldry; ridiculous hairstyle
mulley hornless
mulligrubs a despondent or ill-tempered mood
mullion upright division between window panes
mullock waste earth or rock from a mine
mullock nonsense; rubbish
mulm organic sediment at bottom of an aquarium
mulse boiled wine with honey
multanimous having a many-sided mind
multarticulate many-jointed
multeity manifoldness; very great numerousness
multicapitate many-headed
multicipital many-headed
multifarious having great diversity; manifold
multifid having many divisions
multiflorous many-flowered
multilocation appearance in many places simultaneously
multiloculate many-chambered
multiloquence talkativeness; use of many words
multiparous having given birth to multiple children
multiplicative indicating repetition or augmentation
multipotent having the power to do many things
multiscience knowledge of many things
multisonant producing many or very loud sounds
multisulcate many-furrowed
multitarian having many forms but one central essence
multivious leading in many directions; offering many different paths
multivocal having many meanings
multivolent having several differing opinions; disagreeing
multivoltine having several broods in one season
multure fee for grinding grain
mumbo-jumbo obscure nonsense
mumpsimus view stubbornly held even when shown to be wrong
mundificative a cleansing or purifying medicine
mundify to cleanse; to purify; to heal
mundungus foul-smelling tobacco
mungo shoddy cloth made from shredding old or waste woven material
munificence magnificent liberality in giving
munify to fortify
muniment means of defence; record fortifying or proving a claim
munting vertical framing piece between door panels
muntjac small tusked East Asian deer
muonium positively-charged muon attached to an electron
murage tax for the upkeep of walls
murally by means of walls; on or from a wall
murcous having the thumb cut off
murdrum killing of a human being in a secret manner
murenger official in charge of ensuring city walls are repaired
muriated pickled; preserved
muriatic briny
muricate rough or warty with sharp points
muricide killing or killer of mice or rats
muriform resembling a mouse or rat
murine of, like or pertaining to mice and rats
muriphobia fear of mice
murrain epidemic or plague affecting livestock
murre white-breasted North Atlantic seabird

murrey purplish-black

Murrey dark red dark purplish red

murrhine clear glassware containing pieces of coloured glass
musal of, like or pertaining to poetry or the Muses
muscariform shaped like a brush
muscicapine of, like or pertaining to flycatchers and related birds
muscicide substance for killing flies
muscid of, like or pertaining to house-flies
muscoid of, like or pertaining to mosses; moss-like
muscology the study of mosses
museography description of the contents of a museum
museology the study of museums
musicaster a mediocre musician
musicography art of writing music
muslin plain-woven fine cotton
musomania obsession with music
musrol nose-band of a bridle
mussitate to mutter
mussitation murmuring; grumbling
mustelid otters, badgers and weasels

Musteline of, like or pertaining to weasels, martens and badgers

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musterdevillers archaic mixed grey woollen cloth
mutagenesis origin or induction of mutation
mutative indicating a change of place or state
mutchkin old unit of liquid measurement equal to 3/4 of an imperial pint
mutic lacking normal defensive parts or organs
mutivity tendency to alter
mutualism belief in mutual dependence of society and the individual
mvule kind of African tree like a mulberry; hard wood of that tree
myasthenia muscular weakness or debility
mycetism fungus poisoning
mycology study of funguses
mycophagous eating fungus
mycosis disease due to the growth of a fungus
mycteric of, like or pertaining to the nostrils
mycterism sneering; rhetorical sarcasm or irony
mydriasis morbid dilatation of the pupil of the eye
myelic of, like or pertaining to the spinal cord
myogenic having a muscular origin
myograph instrument for recording muscular contractions
myography description of the muscles
myology study of muscles
myomancy divination from the movements of mice
myophobia fear of mice
myosis excessive contraction of the pupil of the eye
myoxine of, like or pertaining to dormice
myriacanthous having many prickles
myriadth being a one-ten-thousandth part of a whole
myriarchy government by ten thousand individuals
myringa eardrum
myringoscope instrument for viewing the eardrum
myriorama picture consisting of many interchangeable parts
myristicivorous feeding upon nutmegs
myrmecoid antlike
myrmecology study of ants
myrmecophagid of, like or pertaining to anteaters

Myrmecophagine – Like anteaters

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myrmecophagous feeding on ants
myrmecophilous having a symbiotic relationship with ants
myrmicine of, like or pertaining to ants
myrmidon follower; hireling; mercenary
myropologist one who sells perfume
myrtle deep green
mysophobia fear of contamination or dirt
mystacial having a mustache-like stripe
mystagogical of, like or pertaining to religious ritual initiation
mysteriosophy system of knowledge concerning secrets and mysteries
mythoclast destroyer of myths
mythogenesis origin of myths
mythography descriptive study or representation of myths
mythomania lying or exaggerating to an abnormal extent
mythopoeic giving rise to myths

(n.) a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects (Little did the explorers know that as they turned the next bend of the calm river a

vicious maelstrom would catch their boat.)

A maelstrom is a powerful whirlpool. A luckless ship might go down in one, conflicting ocean currents might cause one. You hear it more often

metaphorically, to describe disasters where many competing forces are at play.
When an economy or a government fails, the situation is often described as a maelstrom. Following some precipitous event, all the forces at play––banks,

governments, consumers––are trying as hard as they can to protect themselves. This creates a maelstrom — a perfect storm, so to speak — that drags any

potential for rescue down with it. Maelstrom comes from an obsolete Dutch phrase meaning “whirling stream.”

(adj.) noble, generous (Although I had already broken most of her dishes, Jacqueline was magnanimous enough to continue letting me use them.)

(n.) a curse (When I was arrested for speeding, I screamed maledictions against the policeman and the entire police department.)

(adj.) wanting harm to befall others (The malevolent old man sat in the park all day, tripping unsuspecting passersby with his cane.)

(adj.) diverse, varied (The popularity of Dante’s Inferno is partly due to the fact that the work allows for manifold interpretations.)

(adj.) weakly sentimental (Although many people enjoy romantic comedies, I usually find them maudlin and shallow.)

You can use maudlin to describe something that brings tears to your eyes, or makes you feel very emotional. Tearjerkers like “Forrest Gump” and “Titanic”

can be described as maudlin.

Maudlin was a form of the name Mary Magdalene, a character from the Bible represented in paintings as a weeping sinner asking forgiveness from Jesus.

Maudlin is often paired with sentimental, or even schlocky, to describe cry-fests, as in “I can’t watch another second of that overly-sentimental, maudlin

soap opera. Turn that schlock off.”

(adj.) characterized by sick sentimentality (Although some nineteenth- century critics viewed Dickens’s writing as mawkish, contemporary readers have

found great emotional depth in his works.)

Mawkish means excessively sentimental or so sappy it’s sickening. Which is how you’d describe two lovebirds gushing over each other or your grandma’s

cooing, cheek pinches, and sloppy-lipstick kisses.

The adjective mawkish came into vogue in the 1600s. Oddly enough, it’s rooted in the Middle English word maggot and originally meant “sickly or nauseated.”

But mawkish eventually evolved to mean something so overly sentimental it makes you sick. It’s not a word you hear very often these days, but feel free to

use it to describe really lame love poems and annoyingly mushy Valentine’s Day cards.

maxim –

A maxim is a succinct formulation of a principle, rule, or basic truth about life. Usually clever, maxims are like great sayings everybody knows. Ben

Franklin is the author of many, including “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”

A maxim sums up a fundamental principle or truth about something in a way that captures the imagination and gets repeated. Diana Vreeland, the legendary

editor of Vogue magazine, once said, “Pink is the navy blue of India.” May not be true, but it was such a great line it has become a maxim of fashion and

even of India. An overused maxim of real estate is “Location, location, location.” Confucius was spewing maxims long before Vogue hit the magazine stands:

“He who learns but does not think is lost.”

(adj.) having a lying, false character (The mendacious content of the tabloid magazines is at least entertaining.)
A mendacious person is one who tells lies habitually and intentionally. Don’t get stuck at the water cooler or bus stop next to someone you consider


People may tell “white lies” if they forgot your birthday or really don’t like your new haircut, but if you catch someone intentionally manipulating you

with a falsehood, that person is just plain mendacious. So think of the most deceptive, insincere, perfidious, duplicitous, false person you’ve ever met,

and then add the word mendacious to that list.

(adj.) characterized by rapid change or temperamentality (Though he was widely respected for his mathematical proofs, the mercurial genius was

impossible to live with.)

(n.) a small amount of something (Refusing to display even a modicum of sensitivity, Henrietta announced her boss’s affair in front of the entire

If you want to describe a small amount of something, try modicum. If you have a modicum of interest in something, you are a little bit interested.

Modicum comes from the Latin modicus, for moderate, and modus, for measure. We often use it to mean “any at all,” as if “If you had a modicum of sense

(i.e. any sense at all), you’d be able to see that the pencil you’ve spent the last five minutes looking for is tucked behind your ear.”

(n.) a wet swampy bog; figuratively, something that traps and confuses (When Theresa lost her job, she could not get out of her financial morass.)
A morass is a mushy, muddy patch of ground that you might find in a bog. In other words, it’s something you probably don’t want to get stuck in.

The noun morass comes from the Dutch word moeras, meaning “marsh” or “fen.” More metaphorically, just like its synonyms mire and quagmire, morass refers to

anything that bogs you down, overwhelms you, sticks to everything, and hinders your progress — like red tape, for example, or the endless series of

prerecorded “customer service” messages prompting you to “press one now,” when you call to find out why your computer software isn’t working.

mores –

Mores are the customs, norms, and behaviors that are acceptable to a society or social group. If your personal morals are in disagreement with local mores,

you should be prepared to be annoyed every time you read the local Letters to the Editor.

Mores and morals have similar meanings––mores are the morals of a group or society itself. They are not necessarily based on written law and they can change. The mores of the Victorian era prescribed modesty for women. A Victorian time traveling to our time would probably be shocked by current mores that allow women to wear shorts.

(adj.) having great diversity or variety (This Swiss Army knife has multifarious functions and capabilities. Among other things, it can act as a knife, a saw, a toothpick, and a slingshot.)

(n.) generosity in giving (The royal family’s munificence made everyone else in their country rich.)
munificent –

If you give your best friend a bracelet for her birthday, then you’re a good friend. If you give her a diamond bracelet, a racehorse, and an oil well, then you’re a munificent friend, meaning you are very lavish when it comes to giving gifts. (And it’s possible you may also be broke.)

If you’re the generous type, you may already know that the word munificent traces back to the Latin word unificus, meaning “generous, bountiful, liberal,”

which in turn originated from the word munus, meaning “gift or service.” Put those two concepts together and you have big-time gift giving on a lavish scale. Use the word munificent to describe instances of over-the-top generosity — think Oprah on a gift-giving binge at Christmastime.

(adj.) consisting of a very great number (It was difficult to decide what to do Friday night because the city presented us with myriad possibilities for fun.)

Mytacism – excessive or wrong use of the sound of the letter m. Roman grammarians seeking to classify vitia (“errors in language”) borrowed this term from the Greek mytakismos (my refers to the letter mu).

The ancients’ interest in categorizing errors gave modern speech therapists and linguists a few other terms for speech errors: rhotacism (“defective pronunciation of the letter r”); iotacism (“excessive use of the letter I or iota or a too frequent repetition of its sounds”); and the more familiar lisp

(“imperfect pronunciation of the sibilants /s/ and /z/”).