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Etymology 1[edit]



  1. present participle of mar: ruining, thwarting, spoiling.
    • c. 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III scene ii[1]:
      [] Hath all his ventures fail'd? What, not one hit?
      From Tripolis, from Mexico, from England,
      From Lisbon, Barbary, and India?
      And not one vessel scape the dreadful touch
      Of merchant-marring rocks?

Etymology 2[edit]

mar +‎ -ing


marring (plural marrings)

  1. Something that mars or spoils; a blemish.
    • 1985, Samuel R. Delany, Flight from Nevèrÿon:
      Unable to read even as much of them as the scamps who wrote them and could read nothing more, the smuggler had finally trained himself to ignore them; they were marrings to be overlooked while the eye was out for other, more meaningful detail.