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[muhn-ee] /ˈmʌn i/
noun, plural moneys, monies.
any circulating medium of exchange, including coins, paper money, and demand deposits.
gold, silver, or other metal in pieces of convenient form stamped by public authority and issued as a medium of exchange and measure of value.
any article or substance used as a medium of exchange, measure of wealth, or means of payment, as checks on demand deposit or cowrie.
a particular form or denomination of currency.
capital to be borrowed, loaned, or invested:
mortgage money.
an amount or sum of money:
Did you bring some money?
wealth considered in terms of money:
She was brought up with money.
moneys, Also, monies. Chiefly Law. pecuniary sums.
property considered with reference to its pecuniary value.
pecuniary profit:
not for love or money.
of or relating to money.
used for carrying, keeping, or handling money:
Have you seen my little money purse?
of or relating to capital or finance:
the money business.
for one's money, Informal. with respect to one's opinion, choice, or wish:
For my money, there's nothing to be gained by waiting.
in the money, Informal.
  1. having a great deal of money; affluent:
    You can see he's in the money by all those clothes he buys.
  2. first, second, or third place in a contest, especially a horse or dog race.
make money, to make a profit or become rich:
You'll never make money as a poet.
on the money, Informal.
  1. at just the exact spot or time; on target:
    The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.
  2. exhibiting or done with great accuracy or expertise:
    His weather forecasts are always on the money.
Also, right on the money.
put one's money where one's mouth is, Informal. to prove the truth of one's words by actions or other evidence; demonstrate one's sincerity or integrity:
Instead of bragging about your beautiful house, put your money where your mouth is and invite us over to see it.
Origin of money
1250-1300; Middle English moneie < Middle French < Latin monēta mint2, money
Related forms
moneyless, adjective
nonmoney, adjective
3. coin, cash, currency, specie, change. 11. funds, capital, assets, wealth, riches. Unabridged
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a medium of exchange that functions as legal tender
the official currency, in the form of banknotes, coins, etc, issued by a government or other authority
a particular denomination or form of currency: silver money
property or assets with reference to their realizable value
(formal) (pl) moneys, monies. a pecuniary sum or income
an unspecified amount of paper currency or coins: money to lend
for one's money, in one's opinion
(informal) in the money, well-off; rich
(informal) money for old rope, profit obtained by little or no effort
money to burn, more money than one needs
one's money's worth, full value for the money one has paid for something
put money into, to invest money in
put money on, to place a bet on
put one's money where one's mouth is, See mouth (sense 19)
best, most valuable, or most eagerly anticipated: the money shot, the money note
adjective pecuniary
Word Origin
C13: from Old French moneie, from Latin monēta coinage; see mint²
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Word Origin and History for right money



mid-13c., "coinage, metal currency," from Old French monoie "money, coin, currency; change" (Modern French monnaie), from Latin moneta "place for coining money, mint; coined money, money, coinage," from Moneta, a title or surname of the Roman goddess Juno, in or near whose temple money was coined; perhaps from monere "advise, warn" (see monitor (n.)), with the sense of "admonishing goddess," which is sensible, but the etymology is difficult. Extended early 19c. to include paper money.

It had been justly stated by a British writer that the power to make a small piece of paper, not worth one cent, by the inscribing of a few names, to be worth a thousand dollars, was a power too high to be entrusted to the hands of mortal man. [John C. Calhoun, speech, U.S. Senate, Dec. 29, 1841]

I am not interested in money but in the things of which money is the symbol. [Henry Ford]
To make money "earn pay" is first attested mid-15c. Highwayman's threat your money or your life first attested 1841. Phrase in the money (1902) originally meant "one who finishes among the prize-winners" (in a horse race, etc.). The challenge to put (one's) money where (one's) mouth is is first recorded 1942, American English. money-grub "one who is sordidly intent on amassing money" is from 1768. The image of money burning a hole in someone's pocket is attested from 1520s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for right money

right money

noun phrase

the SMART MONEY: It's the combination of likely lad and a good horse that makes ''right money'' dig down in its jeans (1941+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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