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mainour

[mey-ner]
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noun Old English Law.
  1. a stolen article found on the person of or near the thief: to be taken with the mainour.
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Also manner.

Origin of mainour

1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French mainoure (Old French manoeuvre hand labor); see maneuver, inure
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Historical Examples

  • In the old editions this is spelt manour or mainour and means "in the act."

    The Romance of Words (4th ed.)

    Ernest Weekley

  • Mainour, a thing stolen, discovered in the hands of the thief.