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maister (third-person singular simple present maisters, present participle maistering, simple past and past participle maistered)

  1. (dialectal) To master; to gain control over.
    • 1851, Sir Walter Scott, The Tale of Old Mortality:
      D'ye think I am to be John Tamson's man, and maistered by women a' the days o' my life ?
    • 1873, Philip Sidney, ‎Alexander Balloch Grosart, The Complete Poems of Sir Philip Sidney, page 9:
      Thus Reason said: but she came, Reason vanished; Her eyes so maistering me, that such objection Seem'd but to spoile the foode of thoughts long famishēd;
    • 1949, Joseph Hall, ‎Arnold Davenport, Collected poems, page 25:
      And now hath wrong so maistered the right, That they liue best, that on wrongs offall light,
    • 1992, Alan Sinfield, Faultlines: Cultural Materialism and the Politics of Dissident Reading, →ISBN:
      Guyon's good behavior, in contrast, seems always precarious— in Acrasia's garden, he suffered no delight To sink into his sense, nor mind affect, But passed forth, and looked still forward right, Bridling his will, and maistering his might.


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Old French maistre, itself a simplification of Latin magister


maister (plural maisters)

  1. master; lord; ruler
    • 14th Century, Chaucer, General Prologue
      In love-dayes ther koude he muchel help,
      For there he was nat lyk a cloysterer
      With a thredbare cope, as is a povre scoler,
      But he was lyk a maister or a pope
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      And I seide, “Ser, in his tyme maister Ioon Wiclef was holden of ful many men the grettis clerk that thei knewen lyuynge vpon erthe. And therwith he was named, as I gesse worthili, a passing reuli man and an innocent in al his lyuynge. And herfore grete men of kunnynge and other also drowen myche to him, and comownede ofte with him. And thei sauouriden so his loore that thei wroten it bisili and enforsiden hem to rulen hem theraftir… Maister Ion Aston taughte and wroot acordingli and ful bisili, where and whanne and to whom he myghte, and he vsid it himsilf, I gesse, right perfyghtli vnto his lyues eende. Also Filip of Repintoun whilis he was a chanoun of Leycetre, Nycol Herforde, dane Geffrey of Pikeringe, monke of Biland and a maistir dyuynyte, and Ioon Purueye, and manye other whiche weren holden rightwise men and prudent, taughten and wroten bisili this forseide lore of Wiclef, and conformeden hem therto. And with alle these men I was ofte homli and I comownede with hem long tyme and fele, and so bifore alle othir men I chees wilfulli to be enformed bi hem and of hem, and speciali of Wiclef himsilf, as of the moost vertuous and goodlich wise man that I herde of owhere either knew. And herfore of Wicleef speciali and of these men I toke the lore whiche I haue taughte and purpose to lyue aftir, if God wole, to my lyues ende.”