moon

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See also: Moon and mõõn

English[edit]

The Moon (waning crescent)
The Moon (full)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mone, from Old English mōna ‎(moon), from Proto-Germanic *mēnô ‎(moon), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s ‎(moon, month), probably from *meh₁- ‎(to measure). Cognate with Scots mone, mune ‎(moone), North Frisian muun ‎(moon), West Frisian moanne ‎(moon), Dutch maan ‎(moon), German Mond ‎(moon), Swedish måne ‎(moon), Icelandic máni ‎(moon), Latin mēnsis ‎(month). See also month, a related term within Indo-European.

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Noun[edit]

moon ‎(plural moons)

  1. The largest satellite of Earth.
  2. Any natural satellite of a planet.
  3. (literary) A month, particularly a lunar month.
    • 1737, John Brickell, The natural history of North-Carolina, pages 308-309:
      The number their age by Moons or Winters, and say a Woman or a Man is so many Moons old, and so they do with all memorable Actions in life, accounting it to be so many Moons or Winters since such or such a thing happened. Note: in earlier modern English, many nouns were capitalized, similar to present day German.
    • 1822, Thomas Love Peacock, Maid Marian, pages 238:
      Many moons had waxed and waned when on the afternoon of a lovely summer day a lusty broad-boned knight was riding through the forest of Sherwood.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  4. A crescent-like outwork in a fortification.

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Verb[edit]

moon ‎(third-person singular simple present moons, present participle mooning, simple past and past participle mooned)

  1. (transitive, colloquial) To display one's buttocks to, typically as a jest, insult, or protest.
  2. (intransitive, colloquial) (usually followed by over or after) To fuss over something adoringly; to be infatuated with someone.
    Sarah mooned over Sam's photograph for months.
    You've been mooning after her forever, why not just ask her out?
  3. To spend time idly, absent-mindedly.
    • 1898, Joseph Conrad, Youth
      We were only three on board. The poor old skipper mooned in the cabin.
  4. (transitive) To expose to the rays of the Moon.
    • Holland
      If they have it to be exceeding white indeed, they seethe it yet once more, after it hath been thus sunned and mooned.

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of ‎(dialectal form of minä - I) + oon ‎(dialectal form of olen - am)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: moon
  • IPA(key): /ˈmoːn/

Phrase[edit]

moon

  1. (dialectal, southern Ostrobothnia) I'm

Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

moon m (genitive mooin, no plural)

  1. urine

Mutation[edit]

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