Marmite

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A jar of Marmite.
See also: marmite

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French marmite. The common noun sense derives from an advertising campaign featuring the slogan "love it or hate it".

Proper noun[edit]

Marmite

  1. (Australia, UK, New Zealand) A sticky, dark brown, strongly flavoured spread based on a yeast extract (a by-product of beer brewing), eaten on toast, in sandwiches, etc.

Usage notes[edit]

  • May be a trademark.

Noun[edit]

Marmite (plural Marmites)

  1. Something which people either love or hate
    • 2000 May 30, Mike Page, “Re: Milk bar [WAS: Re: Great googly-moogly]”, alt.usage.english, Usenet:
      A pink gin is prepared by swirling a few drops of bitters round the glass and throwing any excess away. It's the Marmite of the drinking world.
    • 2001 March 6, Mark Blunden, “Re:Another Recipe Request”, alt.babylon5.uk, Usenet:
      Ah, anchovies - the marmite of the marine world. Personally, I love them, at least on pizzas.
    • 2008, Becky Thorn, “Pies”, in School Dinners: Recipes and Reminiscences of the Good, the Bad and the Spotted Dick[1], Anova Books, ISBN 9781906032449, page 24:
      I have a feeling that this pie is the Marmite of the school pie world. You either loved it or you hated it.
    • 2008, Tim Bartlett, Simon Collis and Tony Jones, “Design and Construction”, in Complete Powerboating Manual[2], New Holland Publishers, ISBN 9781845372965, page 164:
      Catamarans are the Marmite of powerboating – you either love them or you hate them.
    • April 16 2009, The Northern Echo - Bobby dazzler
      A LOT of people could ask me that question. It’s a Marmite thing, you either love him or hate him,” admits Consett actor Chris Coxon who is one of the first people on the planet to attempt to become a real-life version of cult animated character Spongebob Squarepants

Verb[edit]

Marmite (third-person singular simple present Marmites, present participle Marmiting, simple past and past participle Marmited)

  1. (transitive) To apply Marmite to.
    • 2009 December 9, John Kelly, “Marmite is more easily digested in book form”, Washington Post:
      My toast carefully Marmited, I took a bite and immediately felt as if I’d been hit in the face by an ocean wave, a wave befouled by oil from a sinking tanker, oil that had caused a die-off of marine birds and invertebrates, creatures whose decomposing bodies were adding to the general funkiness that had found its way inside my mouth.