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

  • v. Past tense and past participle of make.
  • adj. Produced or manufactured by constructing, shaping, or forming. Often used in combination: handmade lace; ready-made suits.
  • adj. Produced or created artificially: bought some made goods at the local store.
  • adj. Having been invented; contrived: These made excuses of yours just won't wash.
  • adj. Assured of success: a made man.
  • idiom made for Perfectly suited for: They're made for each other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A maggot or grub.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of make.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of make.
  • adj. Artificially produced; pieced together; formed by filling in
  • adj. having the sheets and blankets set in order; -- of a bed.
  • adj. successful or assured of success.
  • n. See mad, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Created; wrought; fabricated; constructed.
  • Artificially produced; formed independently of natural development: as, made ground (ground made up of earth from another place); a made word.
  • Drawn from various sources; formed of several parts or ingredients: as, a made dish; composite; built up: as, a made mast (a mast composed of several sticks bound together by iron hoops, in contradistinction to a single-spar mast).
  • Placed beyond the reach of want; assured of reward, success, fortune, or promotion; well provided for life.
  • Well taught or trained, as a hunting-dog.
  • Thorough; consummate; out-and-out.
  • Artificial; meretricious.
  • Concocted; invented; fictitious: as, a made-up tale or excuse.
  • Fatigued; exhausted.
  • n. See mad.

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

  • adj. successful or assured of success
  • adj. (of a bed) having the sheets and blankets set in order
  • adj. produced by a manufacturing process


From Middle English mathe, from Old English maþu, maþa ("maggot, worm, grub"), from Proto-Germanic *maþô (“maggot”), from Proto-Indo-European *mot-, *mat- (“worm, grub, caterpillar, moth”). Cognate with Scots mathe, maithe ("maggot"), Dutch made ("maggot"), German Made ("maggot"). More at maggot. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English made, makede, makode (preterite) and maad, mad, maked (past participle), from Old English macode (first and third person preterite) and macod, ġemacod (past participle), from macian ("to make"). More at make. (Wiktionary)



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  • Means "maggot" in Dutch.

    July 13, 2009