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definition of the word mammock

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Origin uncertain.

Singular
mammock

Plural
mammocks

mammock (plural mammocks)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) A shapeless piece; a fragment.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe:
      " Then, by St. Thomas of Canterbury," replied Gurth, "we will have the castle, should we tear it down with our hands!" / "We have nothing else to tear it with," replied Wamba; "but mine are scarce fit to make mammocks of freestone and mortar."

Infinitive
to mammock

Third person singular
mammocks

Simple past
mammocked

Past participle
mammocked

Present participle
mammocking

to mammock (third-person singular simple present mammocks, present participle mammocking, simple past and past participle mammocked)

  1. (archaic or dialectal, transitive) To tear to pieces.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Coriolanus:
      I saw him run after a gilded butterfly; and when he caught it, he let it go again ; and after it again; and over and over he comes, and up again; catched it again: or whether his fall enraged him, or how 'twas, he did so set his teeth, and tear it; O, I warrant, how he mammocked it!

In use with varying pronunciation and spelling in tidewater North Carolina among at least the Lumbee, Ocracoke Islanders and Downeast of Core Sounders in Carteret County.--EconWanderer 04:34, 3 January 2009 (UTC)

    • about 1980, Connie McElroy, 'Twas a Night Afore Chistmas, Son: or A Harkers Island Christmas:
      'I heard him hollar as he sank out of sight, "My Lord Honey, haint I been momicked this night."'
    • 2002, Anne Curzan, North Carolina Language and Life, American Speech 77:2, 218,219.:
      The distinctive features (Of Ocracoke Island brogue) are clearly described within three categories: pronunciation ..., grammar .., and vocabulary (e.g., ... and mommuck ‘to torment or pick on’). [D]istinctive features of Lumbee English in three categories: pronunciation ..., grammar ..., and vocabulary ( ... mommuck ‘treat something badly or make a mess’)
    • 2008, author unknown, Automobile decorative licence plate, Davis, Carteret County, North Carolina "Pure-T Mommicked"
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