Origin of mashie
1880–85; perhaps < French massue club < Vulgar Latin *matteūca, derivative of *matte(a) mace1
Also called number five iron.
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Related Wordswedge, putter, driver, spoon, wood, stick, iron, midiron, niblick, mashie, brassie, cleek
Examples from the Web for mashie
If it had been a mashie I might have faced them, but a brassie-spoon out of a lie like that—no.
I gave him a drink, a cigarette, and Mistakes with the Mashie.Happy Days
Alan Alexander Milne
Haven't you noticed he's been using a mashie—the same mashie every time?In Brief Authority
I seldom use a mashie until I am within eighty yards of the hole.
Much better, I say, is a flick with the iron than a thump with the mashie.
- golf (formerly) a club, corresponding to the modern No. 5 or No. 6 iron, used for approach shots
C19: perhaps from French massue club, ultimately from Latin mateola mallet
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Word Origin and History for mashie
"five iron," 1881, from Scottish, probably from French massue "club," from Vulgar Latin *mattiuca, from Latin mateola "a tool for digging" (see mace (n.1)). Related: Mashie-niblick (1903).
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