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

  • n. A unit of weight varying in different countries of Asia from 11.2 to 37.4 kilograms (24.8 to 82.6 pounds) avoirdupois, the latter being the official maund in India.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wicker basket.
  • n. A unit of capacity with various specific local values.
  • n. A unit of weight in southern and western Asia, whose value varied widely by location. Two maunds made one chest of opium in East India. One maund equalled 136 pounds of opium in Turkey.
  • n. begging
  • v. to beg
  • v. To mutter; to mumble or speak incoherently; to maunder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hand basket.
  • n. An East Indian weight, varying in different localities from 25 to about 82 pounds avoirdupois.
  • intransitive v. To beg.
  • intransitive v. To mutter; to mumble; to grumble; to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly; to talk incoherently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See mand.
  • To beg.
  • n. A basket or hamper.
  • n. In the East Indies, a unit of weight.

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

  • n. a unit of weight used in Asia; has different values in different countries


Hindi mān, from Sanskrit mānam, measure, from mimīte, mā-, he measures; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English maunde, mande, from Old English mand, mond ("basket"), from Proto-Germanic *mandō (“basket”). Cognate with Dutch mand, Low German mande, archaic German Mande, later influenced by Anglo-Norman and Middle French mande (< Germanic). Related to mannequin. (Wiktionary)
Unclear, but possibly from French mendier or quémander, "to beg". Compare Romani mang, "to beg". (Wiktionary)



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