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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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Examples from the Web for mafficking
Historical Examples
  • But after all, "mafficking" is not unknown in civilized countries.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
  • Here there is no mafficking over victories, there are no hymns of hate.

    The War and the Churches

    Joseph McCabe
  • It was noticed over and over again that there was no "mafficking" over successes in the Great War.

    Stories That Words Tell Us Elizabeth O'Neill
  • On Armistice day he quite let himself go, cackling and mafficking round the yard in a manner almost absurd.

  • The streets were thronged with the true happiness in the peoples eyes, and there was no mafficking no horse-play, but such fun.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • The word which to us best recalls such gigantesque idiocy is the word "mafficking."

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for mafficking


(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 mafficking



"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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