noun South Yorkshire dialect

master: used as a term of address for a man who is the head of a house
bad mester a term for the devil, used when speaking to children

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Examples from the Web for mester

Historical Examples of mester

  • "Th' law says I beant, Mester," he answered in a painful, strained fashion.

    "Surly Tim"

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • "But I s'll let your mester know," Mrs. Anthony cried after her.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • Seemed, for what he did say was, “Nice pleasant morning, Mester Jacob!”

    Patience Wins

    George Manville Fenn

  • “Howd hard, mester,” said the big smith, flourishing about his hammer.

    Patience Wins

    George Manville Fenn

  • If tha could get a word or two spoke to Mester Hoviland, now.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's

    Frances Hodgson Burnett