moll

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Moll, an archaic nickname for Mary (see also Molly).

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mole (Australian, girlfriend of surfie or bikie)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

moll ‎(plural molls)

  1. A female companion of a gangster, especially a former or current prostitute.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. []. He [] played a lone hand, []. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
  2. A prostitute or woman with loose sexual morals.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, pejorative) Bitch, slut; an insulting epithet applied to a female.
  4. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A girlfriend of a bikie.
    • 1979, Eric Reade, History and Heartburn: The Saga of Australian Film, 1896-1978, p.209:
      The bikies ‘molls’ included Susan Lloyd as Tart; Victoria Anoux as Flossie; and Rosalind Talamini as Sunshine.
    • 1995, Debra Adelaide, The Hotel Albatross, p.76:
      ‘Oh God!’ groans Julie who once was a bikie moll back in the early seventies. ‘Hope it′s no one I know.’ But the Machismos turn out to be based on a New Zealand gang, which assembled in Australia after her time.
    • 2009, Albert Moran, Errol Vieth, The A to Z of Australian and New Zealand Cinema, p.142:
      Gilling first appeared as the biker′s moll Vanessa in Stone (1974) and the beautiful, evil cabin attendant in Number 96 (1974).
  5. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A girlfriend of a surfie; blends with pejorative sense.
Usage notes[edit]

(girlfriend of a surfie or bikie): Because Australian pronunciation merges the /ɒ/ and /əʊ/ phonemes before /l/ (both become [oʊl]), this word is very commonly spelt mole in Australia, probably by contamination with mole(sneaky person). Indeed, the Australian Oxford dictionary does not list the Australian meaning of the term under the headword moll, but only under mole, although it does recognise that mole in this sense is “probably” a mere “variant of moll”.

Synonyms[edit]
  • (surfie's girlfriend): chick

Etymology 2[edit]

German, from Latin mollis(soft, tender, elegiac). Compare molle(flat (in music)).

Adjective[edit]

moll ‎(not comparable)

  1. (music, obsolete) minor; in the minor mode
    A moll, that is, A minor

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Catalan[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin mollis.

Adjective[edit]

moll m ‎(feminine molla, masculine plural molls, feminine plural molles)

  1. moist
  2. weak
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin medulla, influenced by Etymology 1.

Noun[edit]

moll m ‎(uncountable)

  1. marrow, as in bone marrow
  2. the soft part of a fruit

Etymology 3[edit]

From Latin mullus(red mullet).

Noun[edit]

moll m ‎(plural molls)

  1. several species of fish
    moll de fangMullus barbatus
    moll de rocaMullus surmuletus
    moll reialApogon imberbis

Etymology 4[edit]

From Latin moles.

Noun[edit]

moll m ‎(plural molls)

  1. quay, jetty
  2. breakwater

Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mollis(soft, mild).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

moll m ‎(genitive singular molls, nominative plural mollar)

  1. (music) minor (scale or key)

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish moil(a mass, heap, pile), mul m(a globular mass, heap, lump).

Noun[edit]

moll m ‎(genitive singular moill, nominative plural mollta)

  1. heap; large amount, large number

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
moll mholl unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • "moll" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • moil” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • mul” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Verb[edit]

moll ‎(verbal noun molley)

  1. fool, baffle, foil, beguile, cajole, captivate, deceive, bluff, trick
  2. disappoint
  3. impose

Derived terms[edit]

  • molteyr(deceiver, charlatan, duper, fraud, cheat, con man, impostor)

Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
moll voll unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

moll ‎(indeclinable)

  1. (music) minor scale

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