From Middle English *maskeren, malskren (“to bewilder”) (compare Middle English bimalscren (“to bewitch”)), from Old English *malscrian (attested in derivative malscrung (“enchantment, charm”)), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *malskaz (“haughty”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mel- (“to beat, crush, grind”). Cognate with Middle Dutch malsch (“headstrong, zealous”), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌻𐍃𐌺𐍃 (malsks, “foolish”). More at mask.
masker (third-person singular simple present maskers, present participle maskering, simple past and past participle maskered)
- (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To render giddy or senseless
- 1659, T[itus] Livius [i.e., Livy], “(please specify the book number)”, in Philemon Holland, transl., The Romane Historie […], London: […] W. Hunt, for George Sawbridge, […], →OCLC:
- To masker their troubled heads the more, hee assaileth them with a great shout and maine violence.
- 2000, Paul Salzman, Early Modern Women's Writing:
- He is so, for he is not one that sets forth to the wars with great resolutions and hopes, and returns with maskered fears, and despairs; neither is he like those that take more care, and are more industrious to get gay clothes, and fine feathers, [...]
- (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To be bewildered.
- (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To choke; stifle.
- (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To decay; rust.
masker (plural maskers)
- One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade or wears a mask in a ritual.
- 1842, Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death:
- But to the chamber which lies most westwardly of the seven, there are now none of the maskers who venture; for the night is waning away […] .
- 2012, L. Day, Gender and Power in Sierra Leone: Women Chiefs of the Last Two Centuries, →ISBN:
- Like the men's society, the corporate consciousness of women and their respected place in the political body is represented by a masked spirit. This sowei (masker), like all the officials of the society, represents the corporate body of women and retains the authority to levy fines and punish women and men or the community as a whole. The ndoli Jowei (dancing sowei) is a masker whose figure is completely covered with black raffia, topped by the sowei mask.
- That which masks (noise in a signal, etc.).
- Coordinate term: maskee
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:masker.
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masker (plural maskers)
masker n (plural maskers, diminutive maskertje n)
- → Indonesian: masker
From Dutch masker, from Middle French masque (“a covering to hide or protect the face”), from Italian maschera (“mask, disguise”), from (a byform of, see it for more) Medieval Latin masca, mascha.
maskêr (plural masker-masker, first-person possessive maskerku, second-person possessive maskermu, third-person possessive maskernya)
- mask, a cover, or partial cover, for the face
- (colloquial) Short for masker wajah (“facial mask”).
- “masker” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Language Development and Fostering Agency — Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic Indonesia, 2016.
masker m or f
- maskar m or f
- indefinite plural of maske (Etymology 1)
masker m or f
- indefinite feminine plural of maske (Etymology 2)
- indefinite plural of mask.
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