Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Honey.
  • To mix; blend.
  • To mix; mingle.
  • To meddle; intermeddle or interfere.
  • To busy one's self: used reflexively.
  • To contend in fight.
  • To copulate.
  • noun A mallet; hence, derisively, the head.
  • To pound or bruise with or as with a mell or mallet; crush; maul.
  • noun An obsolete or dialectal variant of mill.
  • noun A stain in linen.
  • noun A warming-pan.

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

  • noun obsolete A mill.
  • noun obsolete Honey.
  • verb obsolete To mix; to meddle.

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

  • verb intransitive, archaic To deal, concern oneself; to interfere.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French meller. Compare mêlée, meddle.

Examples

  • The "mell" is the last sheaf of corn left in the field when the harvest is gathered in.

    Yorkshire Dialect Poems (1673-1915) and traditional poems

  • And as the harvest was last concluded with several preparations of meal, or brought to be ready for the "mell," this term became, in a translated signification, to mean the last of other things; as, when a horse comes last in the race, they often say in the North, "He has got the mell."

    Eugene Aram — Volume 01

  • And as the harvest was last concluded with several preparations of meal, or brought to be ready for the "mell," this term became, in a translated signification, to mean the last of other things; as, when a horse comes last in the race, they often say in the North, "He has got the mell."

    Eugene Aram — Complete

  • She offered nothing that Sophia had been brought up to consider as love-worthy or estimable, for what good qualities she had must be accepted with their opposites, in an inconsequential pell-mell of wheat and tares.

    "One could love her for the only sufficient reason that one chose to."

  • Anyway, the BIG story here is that one honest woman was able to do what pack of university trustees and fellows and so on couldn't or wouldn't do: stop ND's pell-mell pursuit of cozy relations with the politically correct even when it means honoring abortionism's standard bearer.

    Former Laetare Medalist to deliver address at Notre Dame's commencement

  • She had become my good friend also and I had counseled her as to her pell mell, willy-nilly race toward being in love versus being in love with Fred.

    Matthew Anderson: Repairing The Black-Jewish Rift

  • She had become my good friend also and I had counseled her as to her pell mell, willy-nilly race toward being in love versus being in love with Fred.

    Matthew Anderson: Repairing The Black-Jewish Rift

  • She offered nothing that Sophia had been brought up to consider as love-worthy or estimable, for what good qualities she had must be accepted with their opposites, in an inconsequential pell-mell of wheat and tares.

    Commonplace

  • She had become my good friend also and I had counseled her as to her pell mell, willy-nilly race toward being in love versus being in love with Fred.

    Matthew Anderson: Repairing The Black-Jewish Rift

  • She offered nothing that Sophia had been brought up to consider as love-worthy or estimable, for what good qualities she had must be accepted with their opposites, in an inconsequential pell-mell of wheat and tares.

    A Different Stripe:

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  • i thought this would have been used more... basically means, honey

    October 25, 2007

  • Yes, great word! And your comments look much better when they're not advertising your website.

    October 25, 2007

  • I was going to say....But a good place for that is your profile page, SwanySwan. :-)

    October 25, 2007

  • Yorkshire dialect for "sand dunes" from Old Norse melr "gravel bank" or "sand bank".

    August 6, 2009

  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • See also mack nor mell.

    April 22, 2018