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maths

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noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Chiefly British.
  1. mathematics.
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Origin of maths

by shortening

math1

[math]
noun
  1. mathematics.
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Origin of math1

shortened form

math2

[math]
noun British Dialect.
  1. a mowing.
  2. the crop mowed.
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Origin of math2

1575–85; probably back formation from aftermath; compare Old English mǣth; cognate with German Mahd

math3

[muhth]
noun
  1. an order of Hindu monks.
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Also ma·tha [muhth-uh] /ˈmʌθ ə/.

Origin of math3

First recorded in 1825–35, math is from the Sanskrit word maṭha hut
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  • It's very tiresome, for soon the other school insp. for maths.

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    An Anonymous Young Girl

  • Opal Earnshaw was fearfully angry that you beat her in maths.

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    Angela Brazil

  • The school insp. came yesterday, the old one who always comes for Maths.

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    An Anonymous Young Girl

  • The Nutling seems to give extraordinarily good reports, for twice in the Maths.

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    An Anonymous Young Girl

  • Im a Soph myself, by rights, if old Hammond hadnt marked me low in maths.


British Dictionary definitions for maths

maths

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) British informal short for mathematics US and Canadian equivalent: math
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math

noun
  1. US and Canadian informal short for mathematics Brit equivalent: maths
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Word Origin and History for maths

n.

see math.

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math

n.1

American English shortening of mathematics, 1890; the British preference, maths, is attested from 1911.

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math

n.2

"a mowing," Old English mæð "mowing, cutting of grass," from Proto-Germanic *mediz (cf. Old Frisian meth, Old High German mad, German Mahd "mowing, hay crop"), from PIE *me- "to cut down grass or grain with a sickle or scythe" (see mow).

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