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See also: machin



From machun, from Anglo-Norman machun, masson, from Frankish *makjo (maker; builder; see make). More at mason.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname originating as an occupation.


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Machin (plural Machins)

  1. (philately) Any of a British series of definitive stamps designed by Arnold Machin, first issued in 1967 and featuring a side view portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

See also[edit]


  • D. G. A. Myall, The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook, Bridport (Dorset), Deegam Publications, 1993




Back-formation from machine.

Proper noun[edit]

Machin m (plural Machins, feminine Machine)

  1. (informal) what's-his-face (a general word used to designate a person whom one does not know how to name more precisely, in particular whose name has been forgotten)
    Elle se promenait avec Machin ; j’ai oublié son nom.
    She was walking with Thingy; I've forgotten his name.
    • 2012, Fouad Laroui, “Né nulle part”, in L’Étrange Affaire du pantalon de Dassoukine, page 41:
      Dans un café de P*, capitale de la F*, un jeune Marocain, m’ayant civilement abordé (« Vous êtes bien Machin, le gazetier ? »), m’affirme de manière véhémente que je dois entendre son histoire.
      In a café in P*, the capital of F*, a young Moroccan, having politely approached me ("Are you what's-his-face, the reporter?") insisted that I should listen to his story.