from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A mackintosh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Short for mackintosh (a raincoat).
  • n. Short for macaroni.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix, in names of Scotch origin, signifying son.
  • n. Shortened form of mackintosh, a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An element, usually a conjoined prefix, in many Scotch and Irish names of Celtic origin, cognate with the Welsh Ap-, signifying ‘son,’ and being thus equivalent to the Irish O', the English -son or -s, and the Norman Fitz-.
  • n. Short for macadam.
  • n. Abbreviations of Maccabees.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric


Shortened from mackintosh (Wiktionary)
Shortened from macaroni (Wiktionary)



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  • Scarlet billows...start to spread....

    February 11, 2008

  • I think the song title's actually spelled "Mack the Knife."

    February 10, 2008

  • Mac the Knife, popularized by Bobby Darin.

    "When the shark bites, with his teeth dear..."

    February 9, 2008

  • Cam in reverse.

    November 3, 2007

  • Has become a common disparaging prefix for things that slavishly follow some model. Describes a world where one place is indistinguishable from another.

    (this comment could use some refining--have at it.)

    June 20, 2007