- fellow; bud (a familiar term of address to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).
Origin of mac1
- a mackintosh.
Origin of mac2
- a male given name.
- a prefix found in many family names of Irish or Scottish Gaelic origin, as MacBride and Macdonald.
Origin of Mac-
- Master of Accountancy.
Examples from the Web for mac
With Mac and Jesse we wanted to establish a friendship that was mostly a product of their common situation and enclosed world.
Brute is the story of Mac and Jesse, two disenfranchised teens who turn to robbing houses as a form of recreation and quick cash.
Fewer and fewer of them, says Mac Naughton, are caught roaming the store “in the middle of the night.”Walmart Lifts Black Friday’s Curse
November 26, 2014
I remember them coming over all adorable with mac and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
That was my conclusion reading the results of a new survey put out by the MAC AIDS Fund (PDF).Teens Don't Know HIV Is an STD
August 6, 2014
You've got to have a plot, Mac, and if you've got to have a plot, you've got to have sin.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"Don't take that stuff too seriously, Mac," the captain remonstrated.
Mac was clutching his shoulder, stirred for once out of his vaunted "deegnity."The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
"Ask him how far it is to the Fort, Mac," said one of the men.
"But its all Mac's gold, you know," said the cook regretfully.
- mainly US and Canadian an informal term of address to a man
- multiplexed analogue component: a transmission coding system for colour television using satellite broadcasting
- Maccabees (books of the Apocrypha)
Mc- or M'-
- (in surnames of Scottish or Irish Gaelic origin) son ofMacDonald; MacNeice
Word Origin and History for mac
casual, generic term of address for a man, 1928, from Irish and Gaelic mac, a common element in Scottish and Irish names (literally "son of"); hence used generally from early 19c. for "a Celtic Irishman" (see Mac-).
common element in Scottish and Irish names, from Old Celtic *makko-s "son." Cognate root *makwos "son" produced Old Welsh map, Welsh mab, ap "son;" also probably cognate with Old English mago "son, attendant, servant," Old Norse mögr "son," Gothic magus "boy, servant," Old English mægð "maid" (see maiden).