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[maf-ik] /ˈmæf ɪk/
verb (used without object), British.
to celebrate with extravagant public demonstrations.
Origin of maffick
1895-1900; back formation from Mafeking, taken as v. + -ing1; the relief of the besieged city was joyously celebrated in London
Related forms
mafficker, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for maffick


(intransitive) (Brit, archaic) to celebrate extravagantly and publicly
Derived Forms
mafficker, noun
Word Origin
C20: back formation from Mafeking (now Mafikeng), from the rejoicings at the relief of the siege there in 1900
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Word Origin and History for maffick

"to celebrate boisterously," 1900, from Mafficking, a nonce-verb formed punningly from Mafeking, British garrison town in South Africa whose relief on May 17, 1900, during the Boer War, was celebrated wildly in London. OED reports the word "confined to journalistic use." By now it might as well write, "confined to dictionaries." The place name (properly Mafikeng) is from Tswana and is said to mean "place of rocks," from mafika, plural of lefika "rock, cliff" + -eng "place of."

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