Mainer

[ mey-ner ]
/ ˈmeɪ nər /

noun

a native or inhabitant of the state of Maine.

Origin of Mainer

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80

Definition for mainer (2 of 2)

Origin of main

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English meyn, mayn strength, power, Old English mægen, cognate with Old Norse megin(n), megn strength; (adj.) Middle English mayn, partly < Old Norse megenn, megn strong, partly independent use of Old English mægen (noun) taken as an adj. in compounds, as in mægen-weorc, literally, work of might

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British Dictionary definitions for mainer (1 of 3)

Main
/ (meɪn, German main) /

noun

a river in central and W Germany, flowing west through Würzburg and Frankfurt to the Rhine. Length: about 515 km (320 miles)

British Dictionary definitions for mainer (2 of 3)

main1
/ (meɪn) /

adjective (prenominal)

noun

Word Origin for main

C13: from Old English mægen strength

British Dictionary definitions for mainer (3 of 3)

main2
/ (meɪn) /

noun

a throw of the dice in dice games
a cockfighting contest
a match in archery, boxing, etc

Word Origin for main

C16: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with mainer

main

In addition to the idioms beginning with main

  • main drag
  • main squeeze

also see:

  • eye to the main chance
  • in the main
  • might and main
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