from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Produced or manufactured by constructing, shaping, or forming. Often used in combination.
  • adjective Produced or created artificially.
  • adjective Having been invented; contrived.
  • adjective Assured of success.
  • idiom (made for) Perfectly suited for.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See mad.
  • Fatigued; exhausted.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of make.
  • noun A maggot or grub.

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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  • Means "maggot" in Dutch.

    July 13, 2009