noun, plural mon·eys, mon·ies.
- having a great deal of money; affluent: You can see he's in the money by all those clothes he buys.
- first, second, or third place in a contest, especially a horse or dog race.
- at just the exact spot or time; on target: The space shuttle landed on the money at 9:55 a.m.
- exhibiting or done with great accuracy or expertise: His weather forecasts are always on the money.
Origin of money
Synonyms for money
Word Origin for 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.
in the money
Also, in the chips. Rich, affluent. For example, When he's in the money, he's extremely generous to his friends, or After that box-office bonanza, she's in the chips. The chips in the variant presumably allude to poker chips. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Placing first, second or third in a contest on which a bet has been placed, especially a horse race. For example, My luck held today, and I ended up in the money. [c. 1900]
In addition to the idioms beginning with money
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- money is no object
- money talks
- money to burn
- coin money
- color of one's money
- easy money
- even money
- fool and his money are soon parted
- for one's money
- funny money
- get one's money's worth
- hush money
- in the money
- made of money
- not for love or money
- on the money
- pay your money and take your choice
- pin money
- pocket money
- put money on
- put one's money where one's mouth is
- rolling in it (money)
- run for one's money
- throw good money after bad
- time is money