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MA US English

Massachusetts (in official postal use)

ma US English

One’s mother

Ma, Yo-Yo US English

(1955-), US cellist; born in France. He made his debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall at the age of nine and has performed throughout the world with major orchestras

I'ma US English

I’m going to

ma'am US English

A term of respectful or polite address used for a woman

Ma'dan US English

A member of a semi-nomadic people inhabiting the area around Lake Hammar in south-eastern Iraq; a Marsh Arab.

Ma Bell US English

A nickname for the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation

ma'abara US English

A transitional settlement for immigrants to Israel. Chiefly historical.

Ma State US English

The state of New South Wales.

Rainey, Ma US English

(1886–1939), US blues singer; full name Gertrude Pridgett Rainey. She made over 100 recordings with Louis Armstrong and with her Georgia Jazz Band

ma-and-pa US English

Denoting a small business, especially a shop, owned and operated by a couple or family; (in extended use) applied to other similarly small-scale commercial enterprises.

ma-in-law US English

= mother-in-law.

ma nishtana US English

The four questions in the Passover Haggadah traditionally asked by the youngest member of a Jewish household on Seder Night, the answers to which explain the meaning of the ceremonies; this part of the Passover celebrations.

ma non troppo US English

See troppo.

wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am US English

Used in reference to sexual activity conducted roughly and quickly, without tenderness

pirr maw US English

Chiefly Irish English (northern). A tern, especially the common tern, Sterna hirundo, and the roseate tern, S. dougallii.

malesh US English

‘No matter!’, ‘never mind!’ Also as noun: indifference, slackness.

Nyingma US English

Of, relating to, or designating a Buddhist lineage which is believed to be the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Makololo US English

A member of an African people now living in Zambia near the junction of the Zambezi and Kafue rivers.

ma non troppo in troppo1 US English

(As a direction) but not too much (used to suggest moderate application of another direction)

Nyingmapa US English

= Nyingma.

pickmaw US English

The black-headed gull, Larus ridibundus. Formerly also: †a tern (genus Sterna) (obsolete).

schoolmarm US English

A schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as prim, strict, and brisk in manner)

mashallah US English

In Muslim countries, expressing praise or resignation: ‘(this is) what God wills’. Later also in extended use.

Easter-mangiant US English

The green leaves and stems of the plant bistort (Persicaria bistorta), used as a vegetable, and especially as an ingredient in a Cumbrian herb and vegetable dish formerly traditionally eaten at Easter.

prick-me-dainty US English

Excessively or affectedly precise in matters of dress or personal appearance; excessively particular or fastidious.

wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am in wham bam US English

Used in reference to sexual activity conducted roughly and quickly, without tenderness