from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage, on.
- transitive v. To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.
- n. A disfiguring mark; a blemish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To spoil, to damage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small lake. See mere.
- transitive v. To make defective; to do injury to, esp. by cutting off or defacing a part; to impair; to disfigure; to deface.
- transitive v. To spoil; to ruin.
- n. A mark or blemish made by bruising, scratching, or the like; a disfigurement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deface or disfigure; injure by cutting, breaking, abrading, crushing, etc.; impair in form or substance.
- To impair in quality or attributes; affect injuriously; damage the character, value, or appearance of; harm.
- n. A blot; a blemish; an injury.
- n. An abbreviation of March;
- n. of maritime.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make imperfect
- n. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
- v. destroy or injure severely
- n. the month following February and preceding April
Middle English merren, from Old English mierran, merran, to impede.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English merren, from Old English mierran ("to mar, disturb, confuse; scatter, squander, waste; upset, hinder, obstruct; err"), from Proto-Germanic *marzijanan (“to disturb, hinder”), from Proto-Indo-European *mers- (“to annoy, dristurb, neglect, forget, ignore”). Cognate with Scots mer, mar ("to obstruct, impede, spoil, ruin"), Dutch marren ("to push along, delay, hinder"), German dialectal merren ("to entangle"), Icelandic merja ("to bruise, crush"), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐍂𐌶𐌾𐌰𐌽 (marzjan, "to annoy, bother, disturb, offend"), Lithuanian miršti ("to forget, lose, become oblivious, die"), Armenian մոռանալ (morranal, "to forget, fail"). (Wiktionary)