MAORI – person
– BLACK VELVET (offensive) a Black, Aboriginal, or Maori woman, esp. as the focus of a White man’s sexual interest …1899 Aust. & NZ sl.
– WAKA BLONDE (derogatory) a Maori woman …1980s NZ sl.
MAP – nouns
– CARD † a map or plan …1527
– CARTE † a chart, map, plan, diagram …1502
– CARTOGRAPHY the drawing of charts or maps …1859
– CHARTOGRAPHY the drawing of charts or maps …1859
– GEOGRAPHICAL TABLE † a map or chart …1610
– ILLUMINATION † the colouring of maps or prints …1678
– MAPPEMONDE † the map of the world …1380
– MAPPERY the making of maps; used contemptuously …1606
map – person
– CARD-MAN † a maker of maps or charts …1625
– CARTOGRAPHER one who makes or compiles charts or maps …1863
– CHARTOGRAPHER one who makes or compiles charts or maps …1880
– MAPPER a map-maker …1635
– MAPPIST * a map-maker …a1618
MAPLE – adjectives
– HATTIR †* of maple …1513 Sc.
maple – nouns
– KEY the winged fruit of a maple or similar tree …1714 Amer. dial.
– MAPLIN-TREE the maple tree, Acer Pseudo-Platanus …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MONKEY the winged seed of maple or ash …1949 Amer. dial.
– POLLYNOSE a maple seed which children play with by splitting the bract and sticking it on the bridge of the nose …1978 Amer. dial.
– SUGAR BERTH a maple sugar grove …Bk1913 Amer. dial.
– WHIRLIGIG a maple seed; the winged fruit of a maple tree …1995 Amer. dial.
– WHIRLYBIRD a maple seed; the winged fruit of a maple tree …1995 Amer. dial.
MAR – adjectives
– MARPLOT that mars a plot or defeats a plot or design …1850
mar – person
– MARPLOT one who mars or defeats a plot or design by officious interference, or hinders the success of any undertaking …1708
mar – verbs
– DISABUSE to mar, to spoil …Bk1900 Sc.
– JIM (UP) to damage, to mar, to deface …1913 Amer. dial.
– MARGULLIE † to disfigure, to mar, to mangle; to mismanage, to abuse; to mar any business; to bungle …1721 Sc.
– MISGOOGLE to disfigure, to spoil, to mar; to handle roughly; to rumple …1742 Sc.
– MISGRUGLE to disfigure, to spoil, to mar; to handle roughly; to rumple …1742 Sc.
– MISGUGGLE to disfigure, to spoil, to mar; to handle roughly; to rumple …1742 Sc.
– MURGULLIE, MURGULLY † to spoil, to destroy, to mangle; to mar any business …1721 Sc.
MARATHON – nouns
– BUNION DERBY a cross-country marathon …1920s US sl.
MARAUDER – person
– JAYHAWKER a freebooter; a guerilla; a marauder during the Kansas troubles and since extended to all bandits …1887 Amer. sl.
– SNAPHANCE † an armed robber or marauder; a freebooter or highwayman; a thief or desperate fellow …1538
MARAUDING – nouns
– RIDING marauding, raiding; a border raid …1897 Sc.
MARBLE – adjectives
– MARBLIE resembling marble; hence, rigid, cold, or calm like marble …1439
– MARBLISH * resembling marble …1826
– MARBLY resembling marble; hence, rigid, cold, or calm like marble …1439
– MARBRYN of marble …1319 obs. rigid, cold, or calm like marble …1439
– MARMORACEOUS * pert. to marble …1688
– MARMORATE † overlaid with or enclosed in marble …1537
– MARMORATED † made of or covered with marble …1731
– MARMOREAL 1. resembling marble or a marble statue; cold, smooth, white, etc. like marble …1798 poetic
2. made or composed of marble …1825
– MARMOREAN composed or made of marble; resembling marble …1656
– MARMOREOUS † composed or made of marble; resembling marble …1727
– MARMORIC * of marble …1811
marble – nouns
– MARMOR † marble …c1375 Sc.
– MARMORATION * a building with marble; a covering or laying with marble …1661
– MARM-STONE † marble; a black, slab, etc. of marble …971
MARBLES – nouns
– CANICK a playing marble …1958 Amer. dial.
– CHILI BEANS small marbles or marbles in general …1968 Amer. dial.
– CHINKS cheap marbles …1950 Amer. dial.
– CHONK a large marble …1971 Amer. dial.
– DAKES marbles …20C Aust. schoolchildren’s usage
– DOBBER a large marble …1875 Eng. dial.
– GIBS, JIBS small marbles, or marbles in general …1967 Amer. dial.
– GLASSIE a clear glass marble …1934 Aust. sl.
– GUMBEES, GUMBOES small marbles or marbles in general …1966 Amer. dial.
– KINI a playing marble …1938 Amer. dial.
– KINICK a playing marble …1957 Amer. dial.
– KINIKINI a playing marble …1967 Amer. dial.
– MIBS small marbles, or marbles in general …1967 Amer. dial.
– MOSSIES playing marbles …1973 Amer. dial.
– MOZEY a marble …1908 Amer. dial.
– MUGS marbles …c1970 Amer. dial.
– MURPS playing marbles …1967 Amer. dial.
– POTS small or cheap marbles …1966 Amer. dial.
– POTSIES cheap marbles …1971 Amer. dial.
– POTTIE, POTTY a cheap marble made out of pottery …1958 Amer. dial.
marbles – verbs
– SNITCH – to shoot a marble …1992 Norfolk Island
MARCH (month) – adjectives
– MARTIAL †* of the month of March …1423
– MARTIAN pert. to the month of March …1623
March (month) – nouns
– BOGLE-DAY the 29th of March …Bk1911 Sc.
– BORROWING-DAYS the last three days of March are said to have been borrowed from April, and supposed to be especially stormy …1899 Sc. & Amer. dial.
– MARCH MANY WEATHERS the month of March …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MARCH MUCK-IT-OUT the month of March …Bk1905 Eng. dial. (so called from the practice of cleaning out dikes, manure-heaps, etc.)
– MARTIAN-MONTH the month of March …1623
– ST. CAUSLAN’S FLAW a snowstorm in March …1850 Sc.
March (month) – person
– MARCH-BIRD any person or creature born in March …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
MARCH – verbs
– GALUMPH to march on exultingly with irregular bounding movements …1872
– GAMBADE † to prance, to strut, to march jauntily …1827 Sc.
– TAB to march or otherwise travel on foot across country …1982 UK military sl.
MARCHING – adjectives
– IN CHRISTMAS-TREE ORDER in heavy marching order …1915 military sl.
marching – nouns
– GUTTER-CRAWLING route-marching through streets …E20 army usage
– HAYFOOT, STRAWFOOT used as ‘right, left’ to keep time in marching; used in the Civil War …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– TAB marching with heavy equipment over difficult terrain …1982 Brit. sl., esp. Parachute Regiment usage
– YOMP marching with heavy equipment over difficult terrain …1982 Brit. sl., esp. Royal Marines usage
MARGARINE – nouns
– AXLE GREASE margarine or butter …1883 Amer. sl., esp. military usage
– CART-GREASE margarine …20C sl.
– LARD butter or margarine …1942 Amer. jocular
– LITTLE AND LARGE margarine …1920s rhyming sl. for ‘marge’
– MAGGIE ANNE margarine …1910s sl., orig. military
– MAGGIE RYAN margarine …1910s sl., orig. military
– MAGGY margarine …1933 sl.
– MAGGY ANNE margarine …1933 sl.
– MARG margarine …1922 sl.
– MARGE margarine …1922 sl.
– OLEO oleomargarine, margarine …1884
– VASELINE butter or margarine …1910s Aust. & US sl.
MARGIN – nouns
– MARGE edge, border, margin …1551 now poetic
– MARGENT margin, edge, or brim of anything …1538 arch.
– RAND * a rim, a margin …1830
margin – verbs
– MARGINATE to furnish with a margin or border …1623
MARGINAL – adjectives
– IFFEY marginal, not wholly acceptable, unpalatable …1930s sl., orig. US
– IFFY marginal, not wholly acceptable, unpalatable …1930s sl., orig. US
– MARGINEAN † marginal …1656
MARIGOLD – nouns
– MARY-BUD † the bud of a marigold …1611
– MEASLE-FLOWER. the garden marigold, Chrysanthemum segetum …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– SUNFLOWER † the marigold …1670
– SUN’S FLOWER † the marigold …1563
– YELLOW-BOTTLE † the marigold …c1450
MARINATE – verbs
– MARINADO † to steep in marinade; to marinate …c1682
– MARINE † to marinate …c1682
MARINE, MARINE CORPS – see SERVICES
MARINER – adjectives
– TARPAULIN * pert to a mariner or sailor; sea-bred …1647
mariner – person
– MARINAL a mariner, a sailor …a1300-1400 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– MARINALLER † a mariner …1470
– MARINE † a sailor, a mariner …c1575
– MARYNELLER † a mariner …1470
– SAILOR-MAN in uneducated and jocular use: a sailor, a seaman, a mariner …1790
– TARPAULIN * a nickname for a mariner or sailor, esp. a common sailor …1647 rare or arch.
MARITAL – adjectives
– GAMICAL † pertaining to marriage or to a husband; marital …1660
MARITIME – adjectives
– MARITIMAL † maritime, on the sea …1586
– MARITIMATE † maritime …1601
– NAVIGABLE †* maritime; naval …1642
MARJORAM – nouns
– ORGAMENT † marjoram …1552
– ORGAMY † marjoram …1609
marjoram – verbs
– ORIGANIZE * to flavour with marjoram …1853
MARK – adjectives
– SIGILLAR † belonging to a seal or mark …1656
mark – nouns (includes MARKING)
– CARACT † a mark, sign, or character …1377
– KEN-MARK a mark by which a thing may be recognized …1885 Sc.
– MAIL † a spot, a mark, a stain …1865 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MARL an indistinct mark; a mottle …1895 Eng. dial.
– NEVE †* a mark on the skin …1624
– RACE † a cut, slit, mark, scratch …c1500
– RASURE † the act of scraping or shaving; a scratch, mark, cut, slit …1470-85
– REEP a mark, esp. one made with the fingernails …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCAM a spot, a mark, a stain; a blemish …1881 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCAW a faded mark, a blemish, a spot …1825 Sc.
– SCRANCH a mark or scratch …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SCRAWK a scratch, a mark; a mark with a pen …1865 Eng. dial.
– SCRAWL a scratch, a mark …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SIGNACLE † a sign, seal, mark, figure …1382
– SIGNALMENT * a description of a person wanted by the police; a distinguishing mark …1778
– SIGNATE † a distinguishing mark or quality …1662
– SIGNATION † 1. a distinctive mark …1646
† 2. the act of marking in a particular way, or the fact of being so marked …1659
– SIGNATURE † an image; a figure; an imitative mark …1658 now rare or obs.
– THRAPE a mark, a stripe …1901 Eng. dial.
– ZIT any form of mark …1960s US campus sl.
mark – verbs
– SCALP to graze, to mark in passing; to scrape …1863 Sc. & 1902 Amer. dial.
– SCAPE to graze, to mark slightly …1909 Amer. dial.
– SCRAWK to scratch, to mark; to scratch with a pen, to scrawl …1839 Eng. dial.
– SIGNATE † to stamp, to mark …1653
– TOKEN † to mark with a sign or significant mark …c1300
MARKED – adjectives
– SCRAWMY scratched, marked; streaked in large showy flourishes …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– SIGNATE marked or distinguished in some way …1649
MARKEDLY – adverbs
– UNCOUTH very, exceedingly, extremely, to a marked degree …1706 Sc.
MARKET – nouns
– DOOGHENO HIT a good or profitable market …M19 sl.
– FLYPITCH an area for unlicensed stalls at markets …colloq.
– HIGH MARKET † the time when the market is busiest …1660
– INKET a market …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– MARKET QUALITY †* the status of being a market town …1745
– MARKET SET†* a marketplace; an open space in a town where a market is or was formerly held …1552
– MARKETSTEAD a market-place …1386 arch.
– OFF-GATE an outlet, market, or means of sale …1876 Sc.
– PADDY’S MARKET any kind of cheap market …L19 Aust. sl.
– SALE DAY a day fixed for the buying, selling, or bartering of goods; a market day …1840 Amer. dial.
– SCALES a fish-market …1871 Eng. dial.
– SHAMBLES a place, esp. a row of covered stalls, for the sale of meat or fish; a meat market; generally, a market, a row of shops, etc. …LME
– TIGHT-SHOE DAY Saturday; market day …1950 Amer. dial.
– VENT † a place where goods are or may be sold; a market, mart …1580
market – person
– MARKET BEATER † a person who loiters around a market, a vagrant (probably with implication of quarrelsomeness) …c1405
– MARKET-DAME * (derogatory) a woman who works at a market; in early use with connotations of promiscuity) …1706
– MARKET DASHER † a person who loiters around a market, a vagrant (probably with implication of quarrelsomeness) …1440
– MARKET-LOOKER an official who inspects the quality of goods at a market …1563
– MARKET MAMMY (often derogatory) a woman stallholder …1962 colloq., chiefly West African usage
– MARKET RUNNER †* a person who loiters around a market, a vagrant (probably with implication of quarrelsomeness) …c1475
– MESSER one who puts a stall-holder to a great deal of trouble without buying anything …c1920 Brit. market-traders’ usage
– REGRATER one who buys butter, fruit, etc. from the farmers to sell in the market …1836 Eng. dial.
market – verbs
– NUNDINATE † to buy and sell at fairs or markets …1623
MARKETABLE – adjectives
– BODEABLE marketable …Bk1911 Sc.
– VENDIBLE capable of being sold; saleable, marketable …1382
MARKETING – nouns
– TALK-UP in sales and marketing: a raising of awareness and expectations …1999 UK sl.
marketing – person
– SNEEZER in marketing: a person whose opinion others listen to and trusts …2000 US sl.
MARKSMAN – person
– CENTER SHOT a marksman who can hit the centre of a target …1842 Amer. dial. arch.
– DEADEYE a skilled marksman …1942 Amer. sl.
MARMOT – nouns
– MARMOTTANE †* a marmot …1601
– MONACK a woodchuck, a marmot, a groundhog …1666 Amer. dial.
– MONAX a woodchuck, a marmot, a groundhog …1743 Amer. dial.
– MONK a woodchuck, a marmot, a groundhog …1961 Amer. dial.
– MOONACK a woodchuck, a marmot, a groundhog …1876 Amer. dial.
– MOO-NECK a woodchuck, a marmot, a groundhog …1967 Amer. dial.
– MOONOX a woodchuck, a marmot, a groundhog …1805 Amer. dial.
– PASTURE PUP a marmot …1982 Amer. dial.
– PICKET PIN a marmot; a woodchuck; a prairie dog …1980 Amer. dial.
– PIG a marmot; a groundhog …1968 Amer. dial.
– WHISTLE HOG a marmot; the woodchuck; a groundhog …1965 Amer. dial.
– WHISTLE PIG a marmot; the woodchuck; a groundhog …1923 Amer. dial.
– WHISTLER a marmot; a groundhog; the woodchuck …1880 Amer. dial.
– WHISTLING PIG a marmot; the woodchuck; a groundhog …1923 Amer. dial.
MAROONED – person
– MAROON a person who is marooned …1883
MARRIAGE, MARRY – adjectives (also see MARRIED, WEDDING)
– ANTENUPTIAL before marriage …1810
– BANNED of persons: having had the banns of marriage published …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– ELIGIBLE eager for marriage …1966 Amer. dial.
– GAMICAL † pertaining to marriage or to a husband; marital …1660
– HYMENEAL pert. to marriage …1602
– HYMENEAN * pert. to marriage …1606
– LEFT-HANDED said of a marriage to a social inferior …a1642
– MARITURIENT eager to marry; wishing to become a husband …1765 nonce word
– MARKET-RIPE old enough for marriage …1891 Eng. dial.
– MISOGAMIC * marriage-hating …1803
– ON THE CARPET eager to marry …1909 Amer. dial.
– ON THE SHELF having no prospect of marrying; generally used of a woman …1839
– OUT ON THE CARPET eager to marry …1909 Amer. dial.
– PAIRING matrimonial …1884 Sc.
– SPONSALITIOUS † pertaining to marriage …1656
marriage, marry – nouns
– ACCOUPLEMENT † the act of coupling one thing to another; union, pairing; marriage union …1483
– ACCOUPLING † the act of joining two things into a couple or pair; coupling; esp. union in marriage …1525
– AE † law, esp. the law of nature, or of God; hence, legal custom, rite, marriage …c975
– ASKINGS the publication of banns of marriage …1870 Eng. dial.
– BABY-SNATCHING of either sex: marrying or having an affair with someone much younger than oneself …1920s sl.
– BALL AND CHAIN marriage …20C sl.
– BANDS banns of marriage …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– BANE † a proclamation of a marriage …1499
– BANES the banns of matrimony …1746 Eng. dial.
– BANNS proclamation or public notice given in church of an intended marriage, in order that those who know of any impediment thereto may have opportunity of lodging objections …a1328
– BED-MATCH † marriage, wedlock …1583
– BELLING a noisy celebration or mock serenade for newlyweds; bells, shotguns, or any noise-making device was used …1862 Amer. dial.
– BEND † a moral or spiritual bond or restraint; the bands or bonds of matrimony …a1250
– BIG M marriage …1966 US sl.
– BOOKING the act of recording names for proclamation of banns …Bk1911 Sc.
– BOW-AND-ARROW WEDDING a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way …1967 Amer. dial.
– BRIDE DAY * the day on which a couple are married; a wedding day …a1641
– BRIDE-BANQUET † a feast held in celebration of a marriage …1600
– BROOMSTICK MARRIAGE a common-law marriage …1899 Amer. dial.
– CAGAMOSIS an unhappy marriage
– CALLING-HOME. the publication of the marriage banns …1872 Eng. dial.
– CONFARREATION 1. the highest and most solemn form of marriage among the ancient Romans, made in the presence of the Pontifex Maximus or the Flamen Dialis and ten witnesses, and marked by the offering of a cake made of spelt (a species of grain related to wheat, formerly much cultivated in Southern Europe) …1598
2. † a wedding, marriage …1645 obs.
– DIGAMY a second marriage contracted after the termination of the first by death or divorce …17C
– GAMOMANIA an obsessive desire to make strange and extravagant marriage proposals …1885
– GUNSHOT WEDDING a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way …1968 Amer. dial.
– HALF-MARK MARRIAGE a clandestine marriage …1816 Sc.
– HANDFAST † a contract or covenant; a betrothal or marriage contract …1611
– HARD WORD, THE * a proposal of marriage …1899 Ireland
– HYMEN * marriage; wedlock; wedding, nuptials …1608
– HYPOGAMY the marriage of a woman into a lower caste or into a tribe of lower standing than her own …1946
– JACKRUM a marriage license …1825 sl.
– LOVING PAPER a marriage certificate, or license …1930 Amer. dial.
– MARKET † a marriage or marriage agreement; a match, a woman’s chances of finding a husband, esp. one who is wealthy or of high social status …a1699 chiefly Sc. usage
– MARKET-MATCH †* a marriage made for financial reasons …1605
– MARRIAGE DEED † an antenuptial agreement embodying the terms agreed on by the parties with respect to rights of property and succession …1678
– MARRIAGE LINES a certificate of marriage …1829
– MARRIAGE PORTION a portion or dowry, etc., given to a bride at her marriage …1766
– MATCH † the action of marrying; relationship by marriage …1574
– MILITARY CEREMONY a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way …1965 Amer. dial.
– MILITARY WEDDING a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way; a shotgun wedding …1916 Amer. dial.
– MOUSETRAP marriage …19C US Black sl.
– MUST-JOB a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way …1967 Amer. dial.
– MUST-MARRIAGE a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way …1950 Amer. dial.
– MUST-TO a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way …1967 Amer. dial.
– NOOSE, THE marriage …20C US sl.
– OCTOGAMY the marrying of eight spouses …c1386
– OPSIGAMY * marriage late in life …1824
– PAIRING a marriage feast where the newly-married couple receive presents from their friends …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PANTAGAMY a communistic system of complete marriage, in which all the men and women of a household or community are regarded as married to each other …1852
– PARROT AND MONKEY TIME an unhappy marriage, in which the two partners fight continually …L19 US sl.
– PARROTTY TIME an unhappy marriage, in which the two partners fight continually …L19 US sl.
– PARSONING WORK a wedding, marriage …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PARSON’S MOUSETRAP marriage …L17 sl.
– PROMISE OF ODIN, THE a promise of marriage supposed to be particularly binding …Bk1905 Sc.
– SALAMANCA WEDDING the marriage of an old man to a (rich) young woman …L19 sl.
– SAWMILL LICENSE a ‘license’ for a common-law marriage …1968 Amer. dial.
– SCORN a snub, a brusque rejection, esp. of an offer of marriage; a slight in love …c1746 Sc.
– SCOTCH MARRIAGE a common-law marriage …1966 Amer. dial.
– SILVER BRIDAL † silver marriage; 25th wedding anniversary …1624
– SILVER FEAST silver wedding; 25th wedding anniversary …1796
– SILVER-MARRIAGE † a marriage at which each guest contributed a money-offering …1825
– SPLICE the act or institution of marriage …M19 sl.
– TAIL-TODDLE conjugal rights …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– UNION marriage …euphemism
– WOODCHUCK CASE a situation of necessity, one in which there is no choice, as a marriage that takes place because a baby is on the way …1862 Amer. dial.
marriage, marry – person
– AGAMIST † one who opposes marriage; one who does not marry; an unmarried person …1553-87
– BABY-SNATCHER a person who is sexually attracted to, has an amorous affair with, or marries a much younger person …1920s sl.
– BAD INVESTMENT a person seen as a poor prospect for marriage or for a sound relationship …Bk1988 Aust. sl.
– BIGAM(E) † one who marries a second time …a1460
– BIGAMIST † one who marries a second time after being widowed …1658
– BOOBY TRAP a girl with marriage intentions …Bk1942 US sl.
– EEKFOW † an equal, match in marriage …1768 Sc.
– EEKFULL † an equal, match in marriage …1768 Sc.
– FATE a person whom one is fated to marry …1856 Amer. dial.
– GEORGE DANDIN one who marries above his station …Bk1920
– GOLD-DIGGER a woman who marries or forms a sexual relationship with a man solely for the sake of financial gain …1915 sl., orig. US
– HANDFASTER † one who makes a contract between parties; the maker of a nuptial contract or union …1598
– MARIAGE BROKER † an opprobrious term for a match-maker …1681
– MARRIAGE BAWD † an opprobrious term for a match-maker …1698
– MATCH-PARTY a person who arranges marriages …1881 Ireland
– MISOGAMIST a hater of marriage …1706
– MONOGAMIST 1. † a person who denies the validity of remarriage after the death of the first spouse; also, a person who by custom or law is debarred from remarrying after the death of the first spouse …1651
2. a person who observes or advocates the custom of being married to only one person at a time; a person who has only one living spouse; now, also, a person who remains faithful to one person during the course of a sexual relationship other than marriage …1731
– MONOGYNIST * a person who practices or advocates monogyny (having only one wife at a time) ..1895
– WANTER one wanting a husband or wife; an unmarried person; a marriageable person;a bachelor; a widower …1723 Eng. dial.
– WAR BRIDE a woman who marries a serviceman during wartime …1918
marriage, marry – verbs (also see MARRIED verbs)
– ADAM to marry …1753 sl.
– ASK to publish the banns of marriage …1829 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– BE MAN-RUED of a woman: to repent of a marriage she was about to make …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– BESPOUSE † to espouse, to marry …c1175
– BESTOW † to settle or give in marriage …c1386
– BETAKE † to give in marriage …1382
– BEWED † to wed, to marry …c1000
– BLEND to marry …1942 Amer. sl.
– BOOK to record names of a couple for proclamation of banns of marriage …Bk1911 Sc.
– BRIDE to marry a woman …1601
– BUILD THE FENCE to marry, usually after the conception of a child …1935 Amer. dial.
– CALL to publish the banns of marriage …1843 Eng. dial.
– CALL HOME to publish the banns of matrimony; generally for the third time …1863 Eng. dial.
– CONJUGALIZE to become conjugal, to marry …1823 nonce word
– DISAPPOINT to reject in love or marriage …1857 Amer. dial.
– FAST † to make fast in wedlock; to betroth, to wed …c1300
– GET ONE’S CLAWS INTO – to entrap a potential marriage partner …Bk1999
– GIVE ONE THE BUTTONS to refuse to marry …1954 Amer. dial.
– GIVE ONE THE GLOVE to turn down a proposal of marriage …1968 Amer. dial.
– GIVE ONE THE MITTEN of a woman: to reject or dismiss a man’s invitation or proposal of marriage; to jilt …1842 Amer. dial.
– GOLD-DIG of a woman: to marry or form a sexual relationship with a man solely for the sake of financial gain …1923 sl., orig. US
– HANDFAST 1. † to make a contract of marriage between parties by joining of hands; to betroth …c1200
2. † of the man: to engage in a marriage contract …a1400
– HANG to marry …1941 Amer. dial.
– HITCH 1. to marry …1846 Amer. sl.
2. to get married …1880 Amer. sl.
– HITCH TEAMS to get married …1864 Amer. sl.
– I -WIVE † to take a wife; to marry …c1000
– JOIN GIBLETS † to marry …1727
– JOIN THE HOUSEHOLD BRIGADE of a man: to marry …1891 sl.
– LEAD A BRIDE TO CHURCH to marry …1530
– LEAD TO THE ALTAR to marry …1812
– LOCK to form a close relationship with; to bind in a relationship; to marry …1938 Amer. dial.
– LOSE ONE’S MARKET to throw away one’s matrimonial chance …Bk1905 Sc.
– MAKE A MARKET to make a match, to become settled in matrimony …1787 Sc.
– MAKE A NAPKIN OF ONE’S DISHCLOUT to make a foolish, unsuitable marriage; to marry one’s cook or other servant …M18 sl.
– MALE to marry …1938 Hawaii
– MARISSE † to marry …c1315
– MARROW to be a companion to; to marry …1721 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– MARRY A MIDDEN FOR MUCK to marry for money …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MARRY MONEY to marry a rich spouse …1858 sl.
– MATCH to marry, mate …1798 Sc.
– MATE to copulate; to marry …17C
– MISWIVE † to marry unsuitably or unlawfully …c1250
– NUPTIATE to marry …1872 Amer.
– OFFER TILL to make an offer of marriage to …1903 Sc.
– PAIR to marry …1878 Sc.
– PAIR OFF WITH to marry …1827 colloq.
– POP to propose marriage …M18 sl.
– POP IT to propose marriage …M18 sl.
– POP THE QUESTION to propose marriage …M18 sl.
– PUT ONE’S HAND IN AN EMPTY CORN-JAR to marry a poor woman …20C W. Indies sl.
– RIVET to marry …1700 sl.
– SAM † to bring together; to join in marriage, love, friendship, etc. …c1200
– SIT IN THE BUTTER TUB to have a piece of good luck; to marry well …Bk1914 Amer. dial.
– SIT UP WITH A SICK FRIEND of a man: to excuse oneself for absence all night from the conjugal bed …c1880 sl.
– SPLICE to marry …E18 sl.
– TACK † to join in wedlock …1732 sl.
– TACK TOGETHER to marry …M18 sl.
– TAKE to marry; to accept as husband or wife …1889 Sc.
– TAKE A SHARE OF ONE’S TATTIE to share one’s home; to marry …1890 Eng. dial.
– TAKE BY THE HAND to marry …1898 Sc.
– TAKE THE WIFE to marry …1890 Eng. dial.
– TAKE THE YOKE WITH to marry …1884 Sc.
– TAKE TO to marry …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
- TAKE TO CHURCH to marry …1902 Eng. dial.
– TETHER to marry, to get married …1812 Sc.
– TIE to marry …1790 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TIE THE KNOT to marry; to get married …1717 sl.
– TIE UP to join in marriage …1894 colloq. or sl.
– TOKEN to betroth, to promise in marriage …1880 Eng. dial.
– WAD to marry …1792 Sc.
– YARD to marry …1900s Aust. sl.
– YOKE to join; to match; to marry …1789 Sc. & Eng. dial.
marriage, marry – phrases
– BREAK AN ELBOW AT THE CHURCH DOOR said of a woman who becomes lazy and indolent after marriage …1776 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MARRIED IN THE VEAL BONES ALWAYS A CALF one who marries young never becomes a physically strong man …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– ON THE ROCKS of a marriage: on the point of dissolution; in danger of breaking up …colloq.
– ON THE SHELF without prospects of marriage, as after having broke an engagement …colloq.
MARRIAGEABLE – adjectives
– AXABLE of an age suitable for marriage …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– FANGAST † fit for marriage, marriageable …c1660 Eng. dial.
– MANABLE † of marriageable age …1607
– MANFIERDIE of a woman: of marriageable age; ready for matrimony …1866 Sc.
– MARRIABLE * that may be married; in early use, marriageable …c1440
– VIRIPOTENT † of a woman: physically fit for marriage; of a marriageable age …1587
marriageable – person
– FANGAST † a marriageable maid …c1660 Eng. dial.
– MARRIAGEABLE a marriageable person …1826
MARRIED – adjectives (also see MARRIAGE)
– ADAMED married …Bk1921 sl.
– ADCORPORATED †* married …Bk1612
– ALTAR-BOUND eager to get married …1965 Amer. dial.
– ALTAR-CONSCIOUS eager to get married …1965 Amer. dial.
– ALTAR-CRAZY eager to get married …1965 Amer. dial.
– ANCHORED married …1968 Amer. dial.
– ANTSY said of a woman who is very eager to get married …1968 Amer. dial.
– BALL-AND-CHAINED married …1972 US sl.
– BOUNDEN † tied with the bonds of matrimony …c1426
– BUCKLED UP married …1950 Amer. dial.
– DOVETAILED married …Ireland
– FEISTY eager to get married …1969 Amer. dial.
– FREE-LANCE pert. to a married woman who acts as a paid or unpaid prostitute …19C Brit. & US sl.
– GOT THE BUG eager to get married …1966 Amer. dial.
– HALF-AND-HALF married …1900s sl.
– HITCHED married …1857 Amer. sl., orig. US
– HOOK-EM-UP married …1972 Amer. sl.
– IN LAW OF WEDLOCK † lawfully married …c1230
– IN ONE TETHER married …1844 Eng. dial.
– LEGALIZED of a wife: legally married …1788
– LOCKED UP friendly; married …1967 Amer. dial.
– MARITATED †* having a husband; married …1727
– MARRIABLE * that may be married; in early use, marriageable …c1440
– ON THE LOOK very eager to get married …1969 Amer. dial.
– OUT OF THE GAME married, engaged, or dating only one person …2001 US sl.
– PARSED married …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– PARSONED married in a church or chapel …1892 Eng. dial.
– READY TO LOCK UP eager to get married …1967 Amer. dial.
– RED IN THE COMB eager to get married …1906 Amer. dial.
– RING-TETHERED married …B1900 Eng. dial.
– SHUT UP IN THE PARSON’S POUND adj. married …L18 sl.
– SPLICED married …1751 sl.
– UNMAIDENED † married …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
married – person
– ADAM WITH A DEAD BATTERY a married man; a cold, unresponsive man; a gloomy, dull man …World War II Amer. sl.
– ADAM WITH A DEAD PAN a married man; a cold, unresponsive man; a gloomy, dull man …World War II Amer. sl.
– ADAM WITH A FLICKERING FLAME a married man; a cold, unresponsive man; a gloomy, dull man …World War II Amer. sl.
– ADAM WITH A FROZEN PUSS a married man; a cold, unresponsive man; a gloomy, dull man …World War II Amer. sl.
– ADAM WITH AN ANCHOR a married man; a cold, unresponsive man; a gloomy, dull man …World War II Amer. sl.
– ADAM WITH A SOUR PUSS a married man; a cold, unresponsive man; a gloomy, dull man …World War II Amer. sl.
– APRIL GENTLEMAN a man newly married …16C colloq.
– AUTEM-COVE a married man …M18 UK criminals’ sl.
– BENEDICK a newly-married man, especially one who has long been a bachelor …1793 UK sl.
– BENEDICT a newly married man; an apparently confirmed bachelor who marries …1793
– BENJAMIN in Australian Pidgin-English, a married man, a husband …Bk1898
– BUNDLE-MAN a married seaman …1895 nautical sl.
– CALIFORNIA WIDOW a married woman whose husband is away from her for any extended period …Bk1891 Amer. sl.
– DAME WITH AN ANCHOR a married woman …World War II Amer. sl.
– DARK CULL a married man with a mistress that he visits only at night …18C sl.
– DARK CULLY a married man with a mistress whom he sees only at night …L18 UK criminals’ sl.
– DARK DIDDLER a married man with a secret mistress …1930 Amer. dial.
– DINK either partner of a (usually professional) married couple without children, both of whom have an income from work (double income, no kids) …L20 colloq.
– DINKY either partner of a (usually professional) married couple without children, both of whom have an income from work (double income, no kids) …L20 colloq.
– GANDER a married man; in America, one not living with his wife …Bk1901 sl.
– HORN-GROWER a married man …18C colloq.
– HORN-MERCHANT a married man …18C colloq.
– KAISER BABY a woman who leaves home and returns married to a successful, wealthy, (and usually White) husband …1920s US Black sl.
– MA’AM † a married woman …1765
– MORTGAGED PROPERTY a person engaged to be married …1909 Amer. dial.
– MOTHER a married woman …1971 US Black sl.
– NEOGAM a newly-married person …1862 nonce word
– NEOGAMIST † a newly-married person …1656
– QUADRIGAMIST one four times married; one who has four wives or four husbands at the same time …1865
– RACKLAW a married woman …Bk1916 sl.
– RACLAN a married woman …c1830 UK tramps’ sl.
– SPOUSESS † a female spouse, a wife, a bride, a married woman …1388
– TRUNDLE-BED TRASH a low-class, shiftless person or group; very young, worthless people just married …1850 Amer. dial.
– WEDDINGERS a newly-married couple …Bk1913 Amer. dial.
– YOUNG FOLK a newly-married pair …Bk1825 Sc.
– YOUNG GOODMAN, YOUNG GUDEMAN, YOUNG GUIDMAN a man newly married …Bk1825 Sc.
– YOUNG-GUIDWIFE a woman newly married …Bk1818 Sc.
– YOUNG MARRIEDS married couples …c1925 Aust. colloq.
married – verbs (also see MARRIAGE verbs)
– BE OFF OF THE REEL to be married …1899 Sc.
– BRACE UP vb. to get married …c1900 Amer. dial.
– BREAK ONE’S NECK to get married …1965 Amer. dial.
– CONNUBIATE to get married …1814 nonce word
– DANCE BAREFOOT † said of an elder sister when a younger one was married before her …1596
– FALL to get married …1910s sl.
– GANG TOGETHER to get married …1768 Sc.
– GET HALTER-BROKE of a man: to get married …1969 Amer. dial.
– GET HOOKED to get married …1910 Amer. sl.
– GET LATCHED to get married …1944 Amer. dial.
– GET ONE IN THE HARNESS to get married …1903 Amer. dial. Amer. dial.
– GET ONESELF A BOSS to get married …1965 Amer. dial.
– GET ONESELF HARNESSED to get married …1968 Amer. dial. Amer. dial.
– HANG UP THE HAT of a man when married: to go and live in his wife’s house …B1900 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– MARRY UP to get married …1955 Amer. dial.
– NUPTIALIZE * to get married …1857
– SET ONESELF IN A BUTTER TUB to get married …1968 Amer. dial.
– STEP OFF THE CARPET to get married …1843 Amer. sl.
– TAKE THE FATAL LEAP to get married …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– TAKE THE FATAL PLUNGE to get married …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– TAKE THE FATAL STEP to get married …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– TETHER to marry, to get married …1812 Sc.
– TIE BAGS to get married …World War I Amer. sl.
– TIE THE KNOT to marry; to get married …1717 sl.
– TRAP A SQUAW to get married …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
– VEIL UP to get married …1930s US sl.
– WALK UP THE AISLE to get married, esp. in church …1875
– WEAR A HAT to have a steady girlfriend; to be married; to bring one’s partner to a party …1960s US teen sl.
married – phrases
– OLDER AND THE MADDER, THE applied to an old couple who get married …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– ONE’S COMB IS GETTING RED one is eager to get married …1965 Amer. dial.
– ON THE ANXIOUS SEAT said of a person who is very eager to get married …1950 Amer. dial.
– ON THE CARPET in the field to get married …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
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