mell

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English melen, mælen, from Old English mǣlan (to speak, talk), from Old English mǣl (speech, talk, conversation; dispute, contest, battle) and Old English māl (suit, case, action, terms, agreement, covenanted pay), both from Proto-Germanic *mahlą (meeting, congress, speech), alteration of *maþlą (meeting, congress, speech), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *mad-, *mōd- (to meet, encounter). Cognate with Scots mele (to speak, converse, tell), Danish mæle (to speak, utter), Icelandic mæla (to speak, say), Old High German mahalōn (to charge, accuse, proscecute), German vermählen (to wed, marry).

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Verb[edit]

mell (third-person singular simple present mells, present participle melling, simple past and past participle melled)

  1. (UK dialectal, transitive) To speak; converse; tell; say.

Noun[edit]

mell (plural mells)

  1. (UK dialectal) Discourse; conversation.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English mellen, from Old French meller, mesler (to mix, mingle). Compare mêlée, meddle.

Verb[edit]

mell (third-person singular simple present mells, present participle melling, simple past and past participle melled)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To deal, concern oneself; to interfere or meddle.
    • c. 1495, John Skelton, "Vppon a deedman's hed":
      For wher so we dwell / Deth wyll us qwell / And with us mell.
    • 1819, Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, ch. 32,
      “By Saint Thomas of Kent,” said he, “an I buckle to my gear, I will teach thee, sir lazy lover, to mell with thine own matters, maugre thine iron case there!”

Etymology 3[edit]

See mellifluous.

Noun[edit]

mell (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) honey
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Breton[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

mell

  1. joint

Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Finno-Ugric *mälke (breast).

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Noun[edit]

mell (plural mellek)

  1. breast

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