Main definitions of mell in English

: mell1mell2mell3

mell1

Pronunciation /mɛl/

noun

dialect Scottish, British, Irish
  • A heavy hammer or beetle of metal or wood; = "maul". In early use: †a mace or club.

    Especially in Scottish use, applied to any of various hammers used for specific tasks, e.g. a slaughterer's hammer, a gavel, etc.

Origin

Middle English. Variant of maul see discussion at that entry.

Main definitions of mell in English

: mell1mell2mell3

mell2

(also mel, meel)

Pronunciation /mɛl/

verb

  • 1Of persons. To mix, associate, have dealings. Usually with with. Now chiefly Scottish.

  • 2To mix, mingle, combine, blend.

  • 3To mingle, combine, blend. Now rare (Scottish in later use).

Origin

Middle English. From Anglo-Norman and Old French meller, variant of Old French mesler mix.

Main definitions of mell in English

: mell1mell2mell3

mell3

(also mail)

Pronunciation /mɛl/

verb

dialect Scottish, Irish, British
  • To strike or beat with a mallet or hammer; to hammer or pound; (hence) to beat severely.

    "†to mell through": to pierce (obsolete).

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Morte Arthure. From mell.

Pronunciation

mell

/mɛl/