From Middle English -mele, from Old English -mǣlum (“at times”), from Proto-Germanic *mēlamiz, instrumental case of Proto-Germanic *mēlą (“measure; time”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian -moal, Dutch -maal, German Low German -maal, German -mal. More at meal.
- (rare or no longer productive) Used to denote a fixed number, measure, or amount at a time.
- wordmeal (“one word at a time, word by word”)
- Denotes a powder made of ground cereal.