ming

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See also: Ming, mīng, míng, mǐng, mìng, and Míng

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English mingen, mengen, from Old English mengan (to mix, combine, unite, associate with, consort, cohabit with, disturb, converse), from Proto-Germanic *mangijaną (to mix, knead), from Proto-Indo-European *menk- (to rumple, knead). Cognate with Dutch mengen (to mix, blend, mingle), German mengen (to mix), Danish mænge (to rub), Old English ġemang (mixture, union, troop, crowd, multitude, congregation, assembly, business, cohabitation). More at among.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

ming (third-person singular simple present mings, present participle minging, simple past and past participle minged, meint, or ment)

  1. (now rare) To mix, blend, mingle.
  2. (obsolete) To bring (people, animals etc.) together; to be joined, in marriage or sexual intercourse.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.ii:
      the old man [...] him brought into a secret part, / Where that false couple were full closely ment / In wanton lust and lewd embracement [...].
  3. (UK, dialectal) To produce through mixing; especially, to knead.

Noun[edit]

ming (plural mings)

  1. Mixture.

Etymology 2[edit]

Backformation from minging.

Verb[edit]

ming (third-person singular simple present mings, present participle minging, simple past and past participle minged)

  1. (UK, slang) To be unattractive (person or object).
  2. (UK, slang) To be foul smelling.
Related terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English mingen, mengen, mungen, muneȝen, from Old English myngian, mynegian, ġemynegian (to bring to mind, have in mind), from myne (mind), from ġemunan (to remember), from Proto-Germanic *munaną (to think), from Proto-Indo-European *men- (to think). Merged in Middle English with Old English ġemyndgian (to remember, be mindful, remind, intend, commemorate, mention, exhort, impel, warn, demand payment). More at mind.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

ming (third-person singular simple present mings, present participle minging, simple past and past participle minged)

  1. (transitive) To speak of; mention; tell; relate.
  2. (intransitive) To speak; tell; talk; discourse.

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ming

  1. Nonstandard spelling of mīng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of míng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of mǐng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of mìng.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

ming (plural mings)

  1. smell