maffick


maffick
maffick (v.) "to celebrate boisterously," 1900, from Mafficking, a nonce-verb formed punningly from Mafeking, British garrison town in South Africa whose relief on May 17, 1900, during the Boer War, was celebrated wildly in London. OED reports the word "confined to journalistic use." By now it might as well write, "confined to dictionaries." The place name (properly Mafikeng) is from Tswana and is said to mean "place of rocks," from mafika, plural of lefika "rock, cliff" + -eng "place of."

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  • maffick — v. i. to celebrate publicly with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious and extravagant behavior. [Chiefly Brit.] [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maffick — [maf′ik] vi. [back form. < MAFEKING, where unrestrained celebration marked the successful Brit stand against the Boers (1900)] Chiefly Brit. to celebrate in an exuberant, unrestrained manner …   English World dictionary

  • maffick — intransitive verb Etymology: back formation from Mafeking Night, English celebration of the lifting of the siege of Mafeking, South Africa, May 17, 1900 Date: 1900 to celebrate with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious behavior …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • maffick — mafficker, n. /maf ik/, v.i. Brit. to celebrate with extravagant public demonstrations. [1895 1900; back formation from MAFEKING, taken as v. + ING1; the relief of the besieged city was joyously celebrated in London] * * * …   Universalium

  • maffick — verb To celebrate in a boisterous manner …   Wiktionary

  • maffick — Synonyms and related words: be noisy, beat the drum, blow the trumpet, brawl, carry on, celebrate, chirm, clamor, clangor, commemorate, cut up, cut up rough, dress ship, fire a salute, go on, hallow, hell around, hold jubilee, honor, horse around …   Moby Thesaurus

  • maffick — maf·fick || mæfɪk v. rejoice with loud emotional display; celebrate publicly with extravagant demonstrations …   English contemporary dictionary

  • maffick — maf·fick …   English syllables

  • maffick — maf•fick [[t]ˈmæf ɪk[/t]] v. i. brit. to celebrate with extravagant demonstrations • Etymology: 1900; from Mafikeng, taken as v. + ing I; from the joyous celebration of the relief of the besieged city maf′fick•er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • maffick — ˈmafik, fēk, esp in pres part fək intransitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: back formation from Mafeking, town in Union of So. Africa (used attrib. in such phrases as Mafeking night), site of a siege by the Boers during the Boer war that was… …   Useful english dictionary


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