mell

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

Noun[edit]

mell ‎(plural mells)

  1. (Britain 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
    • Warner
      Ev'n such as neither wanton seeme, nor waiward, mell, nor gall.

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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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