Origin of marking
- an object of derision, scorn, manipulation, or the like: He was an easy mark for criticism.
- the intended victim of a swindler, hustler, or the like: The cardsharps picked their marks from among the tourists on the cruise ship.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to mar or deface with marks.
- to mark with notations or symbols.
- to fix the selling price of (an article) by adding to the seller's cost an amount to cover expenses and profit: to mark up dresses 50 percent.
- to increase the selling price of.
- to make corrections or changes to (written or printed text).
- to indicate detailed instructions concerning the format, style, or structure for (a manuscript to be typeset, an electronic document, or a web page).
Origin of mark1
Synonyms for mark
Related Words for markinglettering, showing, noticing, calling, distinguishing, recognizing, naming, terming, indicating, blazing, scoring, ticketing, branding, labeling, impressing, initialing
Examples from the Web for marking
Contemporary Examples of marking
A map shows each station on the route, along with marking POW camps and other landmarks along the way.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
In Silicon Valley proper, that number increases to $108,603, marking a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
People tie the corners of it as a way of marking that they were here.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
However, those galaxies are also more distant, marking a time in the cosmic history when black hole food was more plentiful.The Supermassive Black Hole Smokescreen
Matthew R. Francis
June 22, 2014
Further, these five books, these five “real-life” perspectives, have an interesting way of marking time.Crime and Punishment, Chicago Style: Five Books on Life in Chi-Town
April 8, 2014
Historical Examples of marking
He read with pencil in hand, and he had an elaborate system of marking a book.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
But then he might be only marking time to let that guzzling Cheeseman dine at his leisure.The Secret Agent
Madden was just marking these men when there was a tap at the door.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
They go to you as they came out of the hand of the Copier, without pointing or marking.The Group
And still she smiled, transported with delight at marking this awakening of his senses.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
noun New Testament
- model, brand, or typethe car is a Mark 4
- a variation on a particular modela Mark 3 Cortina
- to move the feet alternately as in marching but without advancing
- to act in a mechanical and routine way
- to halt progress temporarily, while awaiting developments
Word Origin for mark
Word Origin for mark
Old English mearcung "action of making marks, branding; mark, pattern of marks, characteristic; constellation," verbal noun from mark (v.). Related: Markings.
"to put a mark on," Old English mearcian (West Saxon), merciga (Anglian) "to trace out boundaries," from Proto-Germanic *markojanan (cf. Old Norse merkja, Old Saxon markon, Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchon, German merken "to mark, note," Middle Dutch and Dutch merken), from the root of mark (n.1).
Influenced by Scandinavian cognates. Meaning "to have a mark" is from c.1400; that of "to notice, observe" is late 14c. Meaning "to put a numerical price on an object for sale" led to verbal phrase mark down (1859). Mark time (1833) is from military drill. Related: Marked; marking. Old French merchier "to mark, note, stamp, brand" is a Germanic loan-word.
"trace, impression," Old English mearc (West Saxon), merc (Mercian) "boundary, sign, limit, mark," from Proto-Germanic *marko (cf. Old Norse merki "boundary, sign," mörk "forest," which often marked a frontier; Old Frisian merke, Gothic marka "boundary, frontier," Dutch merk "mark, brand," German Mark "boundary, boundary land"), from PIE *merg- "edge, boundary, border" (cf. Latin margo "margin;" Avestan mareza- "border," Old Irish mruig, Irish bruig "borderland," Welsh bro "district").
The primary sense is probably "boundary," which had evolved by Old English through "sign of a boundary," through "sign in general," then to "impression or trace forming a sign." Meaning "any visible trace or impression" first recorded c.1200. Sense of "line drawn to indicate starting point of a race" (e.g. on your marks ...) first attested 1887. The Middle English sense of "target" (c.1200) is the notion in marksman and slang sense "victim of a swindle" (1883). The notion of "sign, token" is behind the meaning "numerical award given by a teacher" (1829). Influenced by Scandinavian cognates.
"unit of money or weight," late Old English marc, a unit of weight (chiefly for gold or silver) equal to about eight ounces, probably from Old Norse mörk "unit of weight," cognate with German Mark, probably ultimately a derivative of mark (n.1), perhaps in sense of "imprinted weight or coin." Used from 18c. in reference to various continental coinages, especially. the silver coin of Germany first issued 1875.
masc. proper name, variant of Marcus (q.v.). Among the top 10 names given to boy babies born in the U.S. between 1955 and 1970.
In addition to the idioms beginning with mark
- mark down
- marked man, a
- mark my words
- mark time
- mark up
- beside the point (mark)
- black mark
- give bad marks to
- high-water mark
- hit the bull's-eye (mark)
- make one's mark
- off the mark
- quick off the mark
- toe the line (mark)
- up to par (the mark)
- wide of the mark
- x marks the spot