- max out,
- to reach a point at which no more improvement, profit, or benefit can occur; level off: In her last job she maxed out at $25,000 a year.
- to reach the limit of one's capacity, endurance, etc.: The sales department has maxed out and needs more personnel to call on new clients.
- to the max, to the greatest or furthest degree; totally: That book is disgusting to the max.
Origin of max
- a male given name, form of Maximilian.
- Cinemax: a cable television channel.
- MaxwellMax, 1924–2007, U.S. jazz drummer and bandleader.
Related Wordstranscendent, utmost, preeminent, restriction, ceiling, restraint, cap, maximum, curb, deadline, check, bulk, peak, apex, culmination, height, greatest, predominance, prevalence, pinnacle
Examples from the Web for max
Picasso and Guillaume can laugh through an entire night of suggestions, inventions, songs, games that Max plays with his face.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
“Max in particular has been very smart about staying current and remaining a student of the craft,” Borchetta says.Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man: Max Martin, Elusive Hitmaker
Debra A. Klein
October 17, 2014
“Max, [my] agent, make me rich,” she says, the crowd roaring.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question
September 19, 2014
Max Drummer (Harrison Ford) is the CIA chief who ordered the expendables to take Stonebanks down.I Am The Hague! Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendable' Wet Dream
August 18, 2014
Soon after he was cast in the critically beloved ABC sitcom Happy Endings, on which he played Max Blum.How 'The Mindy Project' Star Adam Pally Became Hollywood's Go-To 'Bro'
August 6, 2014
If he ever suspected any lack of finer fiber in Max, he put the thought away.
Max had new friends, new social obligations; his time was taken up.
Max, cigarette in hand, was coming across, under the ailanthus tree.
Max had roused at the sound of Le Moyne's voice, not to suspicion, of course, but to memory.
"I'm not absolutely useless where I am, you know, Max," he said.
- the most significant, highest, furthest, or greatest thing
- to the max to the ultimate extent
- a European freshwater cyprinid food fish, Rutilus rutilus, having a deep compressed body and reddish ventral and tail fins
- any of various similar fishes
- short for cockroach
- slang the butt of a cannabis cigarette
- the amount by which the leech of a fore-and-aft sail projects beyond an imaginary straight line between the clew and the head
- the curve at the foot of a square sail
- Hal, full name Harald Eugene Roach . 1892–1992, US film producer, whose company produced numerous comedy films in the 1920s and 1930s, including those featuring Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy
Word Origin and History for max
"to reach the maximum level," by 1986, colloquial, from maximize or related words. Related: Maxed; maxing.
shortened form of cockroach, 1837, on mistaken notion that it was a compound. In contemporary writing said to be from a polite desire to avoid the sexual connotation in the first syllable. Meaning "butt of a marijuana cigarette" is first recorded 1938, perhaps from resemblance to the insect, but perhaps a different word entirely.
small freshwater fish, c.1200, from Old French roche (13c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source. Applied to similar-looking fish in North America.