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M

"Male." From single's ad terminology.


Machæromancy

"Divination Using Blades." Also "machairomancy." From the Greek roots "maxaira" = "blade" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Machairomancy

"Divination Using Blades." Also "machæromancy." From the Greek roots "maxaira" = "blade" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Mack, Mac, Mak, Mackman(n), Macman(n)

"Pimp." Particularly from Black Vernacular, note the movie "The Mack." There is a popular phrase "Big Mack Daddy." This also takes a verb form, "mackin'" = "pimping." The word derives from the 15th century "mackerel" also = "pimp," from the Old French word "macquerel," from which is also derived the French word "maquereau," which means "mackerel," "pimp" or "brothel-keeper." Considering it's connection to "mackerel," it is probably euphemistic for "fish-dealer." "Mackerel" ultimately derives from the late Latin "macerellus," which as far as I know only refers to the fish. Mack has become popular in Rap pseudonyms, such as "Mac," "Mack-10," "Big-Mack," "Big Mac," "Mac-Shawn," "Mac Ran," "Mac Mall," "Mac Dre," "Mac Money," "J-Mack," "B-Mac," "Don Mac," "Kenny Mack," "Mc-Mac," "M.A.K.," "Lil Mac," etc.


Macro-

"Large." From the Greek "makro-" from "makros" = "large."


Macromastia

"The Development of Abnormally Large Breasts." From the prefix "macro-" (see "macro-") and the Greek root "mastia" = "female breast."


Macromastic

"Having Abnormally Large Breasts." See "macromastia" and "-ic"


Macrophallus

"An Inordinately Large Penis." See "macro-" and "phallus."


Macrophallic

"Having an Inordinately Large Penis." See "macrophallus" and "-ic."


Macroscian

"Having a Long Shadow." From the Greek "makroskios" from the roots "makro-" (see "macro-") and "skios" = "shadow."


Macroscopic

"Large Enough to be Viewed With the Naked Eye." As oppossed to "microscopic." See "macro-" and "microscopic."


Mactate

"To Kill." From the Latin "macto," meaning "to slay."


Mactation

"Sacrificial Killing." From the Latin "macto," meaning "to slay" especially in sacrifice.


Mactator

"Murderer, Killer." Archaic. See "mactate."


Madd

"Mad, Crazy." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. For example: "The Madd Rapper" and "madd methods."


Magazine

"Periodical; Storage Unit; Contents of a Storage Unit." The useage of "magazine" for "periodical" was meant to imply that it was a "storehouse" of information. The term retain's its meaning in English as a "rifle's magazine," which is the ammunition storage cartridge. The word comes from the Arabic "makhazin," the plural of "makhzan" = "storehouse." It entered English through the Old French "magazin."


Mah

"My" [DV] From Southern English.


Mallification

"The Process Where A Commercial District Once Dominated by Small Business is Slowly Taken Over by Chain Stores." An imposition of the "mall" of "shopping mall" on the word "gentrification."


-mancy

"Divination by Means Of." The common Middle English form that we see this in is "-mancie," but we also see "-mansi," "-maunc" and "-mauncie." These all developed from, or were carried over from, the Old French "-mancie," from the Late Latin "-mantia," from the Greek "-manteia," from the word "manteia," meaning "prophetic power, power of divination; mode of divination; conjecture; oracle, prophesy; oracular." This seems to ulimately derive from a theoretical Proto-Indo-European root *men, meaning "to think," which is also the root of such words as "mind" and "mental."
Any word ending with "-mancy" can be changed to "mantic," meaning "pertaining to divination by..." This derives from the Latin "-manticus, from the Greek "mantikos." The ending can also be changed to "-mancer" meaning "one who practices divination by..." We see many Middle English variants of this, such as "-mancier," "-manciere," "-mansour" and "-mansere." We also see "-mancien" in Chaucer, which is identical to the Modern French form. These are derived from the Greek "-manteion," but I am uncertain of the Latin and Old French forms.


Mania

"Wild or Violent Insanity; Overexcesive Enthusiasm." From the Greek "mania" = "madness; enthusiasm or inspired frenzy." We see that this word has come down to us unchanged in both its meanings.


-mania

Combining form of "mania." See "mania." Generally, any word with this suffix can take a number of forms to denote various meanings, such as "-manic," "-maniacal," "-maniacally" and "-maniac." Someone who is "pyromanic" is someone with "pyromania," who is otherwise known as a "pyromaniac." His tendencies will be "pyromaniacal."


Maniaphobia

"An Irrational Fear of Insanity." See "mania" and "-phobia."


Mantic

1. "Pertaining to the Art of Divination." From the Greek "mantikos" = "prophetic, oracular." See "-ic" and "-mancy."


Mantic

2. "The Art or Science of Divination." From "mantic" 1.


Manticism

"The Practice of Divination." From the Greek "mantis" = "prophet, seer" and the suffix "-ism." See "-ism" and "-mancy."


Mantology

"The Art or Practice of Divination." This construction combines the Greek root "mantis" = "prophet, seer" with the suffix "-ology." It is first attested in 1774, and is generally archaic. A diviner may be refered to as a "mantologist," which is first attested 1864, but is equally archaic to "mantology." See "manticism," "-mancy" and "-ology."


Maricone

"Queer, Faggot." A Spanish loan pejorative.


Martinet

"A Harsh or Despotic Disciplinarian." An eponym after the 17th century French army officer Jean Martinet who was shot by his own men for his strict practices.


Masta

"Master." [DV] From Black Vernacular, as in "Masta Killa," "Masta Ace" and "Mastamind."


Mastoid

"Breast Shaped." From the Greek root mastia" = "female breast" and the suffix "-oid." See "-oid."


Mastology

"The Study of Mammals." From the French "mastologie," based on the Greek root "mastos" = "woman's breast." See "-ology."


Matutinal

"Occuring in the Morning." From the Late Latin "matutinalis" = "of the morning," from the Latin "matutinus" = "of the early morning."


Matutolagnia

"The Desire to Have Sex in the Morning." From the Latin components "matutinus" = "of the early morning," and "lagneia" = "coition, intercourse."


M.C.

"Master of Ceremonies." See also "emcee."


Meatspeaker

"A Greasy Restaurant Exhaust Fan." So called because they often look like acoustic speakers and project a permeating smell of meat and grease.


Mecca

"A Place Where All or Most of the Members of a Group Desire to Go." After Mecca, the holy city of Islam, to which all Muslims must make pilgrimage (Hajj) before they die. It is now used in the sense of a place where people of any group flock to in mass numbers. For example, it was written that "At that time Munich was a Mecca for Norwegian art students."


Mentulate

"Having a Large Penis." This derives from the Latin "mentula" = "penis," probably through the French "mentule," which also = "penis."


Merdiverous

"Dung-Eating." See "merdivore."


Merdivore

"An Eater of Excrement." Constructed after the lines of "carnivore" and "omnivore" from the Latin "merda" = "dung, excrement" and "voro" = "eating."


Merdurinous

"Composed of Dung and Urine." From the Latin components "merda" = "dung, excrement" and "urina" = "urine." See "urine."


Meretricious

"Whorish, Related to Prostitution; Deceitfully Alluring." From the Latin "meretricius" = "of prostitutes," from "meretrix" = "prostitute," which is in turn derived from "mereo" = "to earn," the root of "merit."


Meretrix

"Prostitute." This word is basically Latin, absorbed into English on a very limited basis.


Metamorphic

"Related to or Chracterised by Metamorphosis." See "metamorphosis" and "-ic."


Metamorphism

"The Process of Metamorphosis." See "metamorphosis" and "-ism."


Metamorphose

"To Change, Transform; To Subject to Change, Convert." From the French "metamorphoser," from Latin "metamorphosis." See "metamorphosis."


Metamorphosis

"A Transformation; Marked Change in Appearance." Latin, from the same in Greek, from "meta-" = "change, transformation," "morphe" = "form" and the suffix "-osis." See "-osis."


Metamorphous

"Related to or Chracterised by Metamorphosis." See "metamorphosis" and "-morphous."


Mick

"Irishman." This generally derogatory name comes from the fact that many Irish names start with Mc- (pronounced "mick"), such as McDougal, McKinney, McCarthy, McLoughlin, McGrath, etc.


Micro-

"Small." From the Greek "mikro-" from "mikros" = "very small."


Micromastia

"The Condition of Having Abnormally Small Breasts." From the prefix "micro-" (see "micro-") and the Greek root "mastia" = "female breast."


Micromastic

"Having Abnormally Small Breasts." See "micromastia" and "-ic."


Microphallus

"An Inordinately Small Penis." See "micro-" and "phallus."


Microphallic

"Having an Inordinately Small Penis." See "microphallus."


Microscopic

"To Small to be Seen With the Naked Eye." From the prefix "mirco-" (See "micro-") and the Greek root "skopeo" = "behold, contemplate, examine, inspect"


Mighta

"Might Have." [Cont] A common contraction, as in "someone mighta slipped him a dose."


MILF

"An Attractive or Sexy Woman In Her Mid Twenties or Older." A popular porn term, formed from an acronym of "Mother I'd Like to Fuck."


Mines

"Mine." [DV] A Black vernacular variant, as in "I gotst mines."


Misanthropist

"A Hater of Humanity." See "misanthropy."


Misanthropy

"Hatred of Mankind." From the Greek "misanthropia," from the prefix "miso-" (See "miso-") and the root "anthropos" = "mankind."


Miso-, Mis-

"Hatred of, Hater of." From the Greek "miso-," combining form of "misein" = "to hate."


Misocapnist

"A Tobacco Smoke Hater." Combining the prefix "miso-" (See "miso-") with the Greek root "kapnos" = "smoke." See also "acapnotic."


Misogamy

"Hatred of Marriage." From the Latin and Greek "misogamia," from the roots "miso-" (See "miso-") with "gamos" = "marriage."


Misogyne

"Misogynist, Woman Hater." French, from the Greek "misogunês" from the roots "miso-" (See "miso-") with "gune" = "female."


Misogynist

"Woman Hater." See "misogyne."


Misogyny

"The Hatred of Women." From the Greek "misogunês" from the roots "miso-" (See "miso-") with "gune" = "female."


Misologist

"A Hater of Logic or Reason; A Hater of Learning." See "miso-" and "-ology."


Misoneism

"A Hater of New Inventions or Novelty." Combining the prefix "miso-" (See "miso-") with the Greek root "neos" = "new." See "-ism."


Misoxene

"A Hater of Strangers." From the Greek "misoxenos" from the roots "miso-" (See "miso-") with "xeno" = "foreign, strange."


Misoxeny

"Hatred of Strangers." From the Greek "misoxenia" See "misoxene."


Mista

"Mister." [DV] From Black Vernacular. For example, "Mista Sinista," and also Project Pat's album "Mista Don't Play."


Mizzing Out

"Having a Temper Tantrum or Yelling Fit." Reported as reservation slang among the Lakota, from being "miserable."


ML

"More Later." An internet abbreviation.


MMF

"Male/Male/Female, Menage a Trois." Used in porn listings.


Mo'

"More," [Cont] As in "Gimme mo' money!"


Mobb

"Mob, Mafia, Gang." [DV] A Black Vernacular spelling. For example, the Funk Mobb.


Molybdomancy

"Divination by Observing the Shapes Formed by Molten Lead." From the Greek "molubdomanteia," from the roots "molubdos" = "lead" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Mon

"Man." A Jamaican variant.


Monger

"Dealer, Trader, Merchant." Also seen as a verb form, "to sell, deal." This generally connotes the sale or promotion of something undesirable, illegal or of low social status. The term has had negative connotations since at least the 16th century. It derives from the Middle English and Anglo-Saxon "manger" = "dealer, merchant." The word was commonly used in compounds, as in the Middle English "fischmangere" = "fishmonger, fish dealer." It is related to the Anglo-Saxon "mangung" = "trade, commerce." It exists today mainly in compounds, such as "whoremonger."


Monogamy

"Having Only One Married Partner or Sexual Partner." Derived from the prefix "mono" = "one" and the Greek word "gamos" = "marriage." See also "gamic."


Monorchid

"Having one testicle." A combination of the prefix "mono-" = "one" and the Greek "orxis" = "testicle."


Morology

"Foolish Talking" From the Greek "morologia," of the same meaning. See "moron."


Moromancy

"Divination By Observation of Nonesense or Foolish People's Behaviour." From the Greek roots "moros" = "dull, sluggish, stupid" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."v

Moromantie

"Foolish Divination." French, from the Greek roots "moros" = "dull, sluggish, stupid" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Moron

"Stupid Person." From the Greek "moron," the neuter form of "moros" = "dull, sluggish, stupid." This term was entered into the English language by Dr. Henry H. Goddard in order to label the highest level of his categorization of mental retardation. By his system, a "moron" has an IQ between 50 and 75.


Morph

"To Change an Image By Computer Graphics; To Change Appearance or Form." From "metamorphose." See "metamorphose."


-morph

"Shaped." From the Greek root "morphe" = "form."


Morphean

"Sleepy, Drowsy." The term originally meant "pertaining to Morpheus," the Greek god of dreams.


Morpheme

"A Linguistic Unit (Word or Element) That Cannot Be Divided Into Meaningful Parts." For instance, "mankind" is composed of two morphemes, "man" and "kind." The word is a combination of "morph" (from the Greek root "morphe" = "form") and "phoneme."


-morphic

"Having the Form Of." See "-morph" and "-ic."


Morphine

"A Specific Opiate Painkiller." After the Greek Morpheus, the god of dreams.


Morphinomania

"Opiate Addiction." See "morphine" and "mania."


-morphism

"The Condition of Having a Specified Form." See "-morph" and "-ism."


Morphography

"The Scientific Description of Form; Descriptive Morphology." From the Greek root "morphe" = "form" and the suffix "-graphy." See "-graphy" and "morphology" 1.


Morphology

" 1. "The Study of Forms and the Development of Structures." From the Greek root "morphe" = "form" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Morphology

" 2. "The Branch of Grammar Devoted to Inflexion and Word Formation." See "morphology" 1.


Morphosis

"Form, Shape, Configuration." From the Greek "morphosis," combining the root "morphe" = "form" and the suffix "-osis." See "-osis."


Morphotic

"Formative." From "morphosis." See "morphosis."


-morphous

"Having the Shape Of." From the Greek suffix "-morphos," from "morphe" = "form."


Motor City

"Detroit." A nickname of Detroit, after the prominence of auto manufacturing there. This can be seen in John Lee Hooker's "The Motor City is Burning," later remade by MC5, or the "Motor City Five."


Motown

"Detroit." A shortening of "Motor Town" or "Motor City." See "Motor City." Motown became the trademark name of a detroit record label and became a term for the genre of music it espoused. i.e., Motown sound = Detroit Sound.


M/P

"Market Price." An abbreviation used on restaurant menus when the price of an item fluctuates too much to be printed on a menu.


Msg

"Message." A very common abbreviation.


Msging

"Messaging." This usually refers to online instant messaging or sometimes e-mail, as seen in a prevalant adult website spam "Sorry for not msging you before hand..." and often seen as "txt msging" = "text messaging." See "msg."


MSRP

"Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price." A common advertising and retail acronym, pronounced as individual letters. See also "SRP."


MTF

"More To Follow." An internet abbreviation.


M-Town

"Detroit." Short for "Motown." See "Motor City" and "Motown."


Muffin-Top

"The 'Love Handles' or Fat Rolls That Hang Over When Women Wear Tight Jeans or Pants." Named for the way a muffin expands out over its cup in the pan when cooked.


Mug

"Face, etc." Mug has a complicated history. It first appeared meaning "face" in the early 18th century. About a century later it appeared meaning "to hit in the face," which later developed to mean "rob" or "stick someone up." A further developments of "mug" is "mug shot," meaning a facial photograph of a criminal taken by the police. From all this developed the meaning "mug" = "thug." Mug also appears in actor's slang meaning to overact in one's facial expressions.


Murda, Murdah

"Murder." [DV] From Black Vernacular. For example "Murdah on my Mind" by Assassin.


Murse

"A Handbag Carried by a Man." Shortened from man-purse.


Musik, Muzik

"Music." It appears in numerous subcultural contexts, including even Rap and Reggae. All forms of the word "music" derive from the seven "Muses" of Roman mythology.


Musta

"Must Have." [Cont] As in "He musta been on crack or sump'n."


Mutha

"Mother, Asshole." [DV] From Black Vernacular, this is usually not seen denoting someone's parent, but rather is usually short for "mutha fuckah." It often stands alone, as in "He's a bad mutha!" in which the "fuckah" is implicit.


MYOB

"Mind Your Own Business." An internet abbreviation.


Myoidal

"Mouse-Like." From the Greek "muo-," the combining form of "mus" = "mouse" and the suffixed "-oid" and "-al." See entries for both."


Myomancy

"Divination by the Movements of Mice." From the Greek "muo-," the combining form of "mus" = "mouse" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Mysophilia

"A Love of Getting Dirty." Probably constructed as an opposite of "mysophobia." See "misophobia" and "-philia."


Mysophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Being Contaminated with Dirt or Germs." From the Greek root "musos" = "uncleanliness" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."





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