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[mon-ee] /ˈmɒn i/
adjective, noun, Scot. and North England.


a suffix found on abstract nouns borrowed from Latin, usually denoting a status, role, or function (matrimony; testimony), or a personal quality or kind of behavior (acrimony; sanctimony).
Origin of -mony
< Latin -mōnium (denominal), -mōnia (usually deadjectival), presumably orig. derivatives with -ium -ium, -ia -ia of -mōn-, an adj. or noun suffix, cognate with Greek -mōn (see hegemony); cf. alimony Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mony
Historical Examples
  • "There's nae that mony o' 's just what ither fowk think us," said the minister's wife.

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • There's mony aboot 'im 'at'll be sair eneuch upon 'im, but nane the wiser for that!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • mony ane 'at spak like that, had nae doot a guid meanin' in't; but, hech man!

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • There was nae mair gaun oot that day, I tell ye, nor mony a day.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • mony a mon'd be differ', mony bad'd be gude, gin they had but their chance.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • He that buys a house that's wrought has mony a pin and nail for nought.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • I wish you may lamb in your lair, as mony a good ewe has done.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Like the wife wi' the mony dochters, the best's aye hindmost.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • mony a frost and mony a thowe, sune makes mony a rotten yowe.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • mony ane kens the gude fellow that disna ken the gude fellow's wife.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
British Dictionary definitions for mony


a Scottish word for many
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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