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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English melen, mælen, from Old English mǣlan (to speak, talk), from mǣl (speech, talk, conversation; dispute, contest, battle) and māl (suit, case, action, terms, agreement, covenanted pay), both from Proto-Germanic *mahlą (meeting, congress, speech), alteration of *maþlą (meeting, congress, speech), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- (to meet, encounter). Cognate with Scots mele (to speak, converse, tell), Danish mæle (to speak, utter), Icelandic mæla (to speak, say), Old High German mahalōn (to charge, accuse, proscecute), German vermählen (to wed, marry). More at blackmail.

Alternative formsEdit


mell (third-person singular simple present mells, present participle melling, simple past and past participle melled)

  1. (Britain dialectal, transitive) To speak; converse; tell; say.


mell (plural mells)

  1. (Britain dialectal) Discourse; conversation.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English mellen, from Old French meller, mesler (to mix, mingle). Compare mêlée, meddle.


mell (third-person singular simple present mells, present participle melling, simple past and past participle melled)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To deal, concern oneself; to interfere or meddle.
    • c. 1495, John Skelton, "Vppon a deedman's hed":
      For wher so we dwell / Deth wyll us qwell / And with us mell.
    • 1819, Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, ch. 32,
      “By Saint Thomas of Kent,” said he, “an I buckle to my gear, I will teach thee, sir lazy lover, to mell with thine own matters, maugre thine iron case there!”

Etymology 3Edit

See mellifluous.


mell (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Honey.
    • Warner
      Ev'n such as neither wanton seeme, nor waiward, mell, nor gall.



From Proto-Celtic *melsā (knuckle); possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *mel (limb).



  1. joint


  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN
  • Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN



From Proto-Finno-Ugric *mälke (breast). Cognates include Southern Mansi møul, Central Mansi mäėl, Northern Mansi ма̄гыл (māgyl, breast).



mell (plural mellek)

  1. (anatomy) breast
    Synonyms: emlő (formal or technical), kebel (literary, also figurative), csecs (dated, dialectal, or vulgar), csöcs (vulgar), cici (colloquial or slang)
  2. (anatomy, in certain compounds and phrases) chest
    Synonym: mellkas
  3. (anatomy, attributive usage) thoracic
    mellüregthoracic cavity
  4. (sports, shortening from mellúszás) breaststroke


Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative mell mellek
accusative mellet melleket
dative mellnek melleknek
instrumental mellel mellekkel
causal-final mellért mellekért
translative mellé mellekké
terminative mellig mellekig
essive-formal mellként mellekként
inessive mellben mellekben
superessive mellen melleken
adessive mellnél melleknél
illative mellbe mellekbe
sublative mellre mellekre
allative mellhez mellekhez
elative mellből mellekből
delative mellről mellekről
ablative melltől mellektől
Possessive forms of mell
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. mellem melleim
2nd person sing. melled melleid
3rd person sing. melle mellei
1st person plural mellünk melleink
2nd person plural melletek melleitek
3rd person plural mellük melleik

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