Origin of meth

by shortening


  1. a combining form representing methyl in compound words: methenamine.

Meth. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for meth

Contemporary Examples of meth

Historical Examples of meth

  • Meth signifies "death," and schaal means "to ask," or "to demand."

  • He felt as though he had just taken a quart of meth at one jolt—intravenously.

    Brink of Madness

    Walter J. Sheldon

  • Come away, Joan, he'th prob'bly all over coal dutht and all of a meth.

    More William

    Richmal Crompton

British Dictionary definitions for meth


noun informal
  1. short for methamphetamine
  2. short for methadone


combining form
  1. indicating a chemical compound derived from methane or containing methyl groupsmethacrylate resin


abbreviation for
  1. Methodist
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Word Origin and History for meth

colloquial abbreviation of methedrine, attested from 1967.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

meth in Medicine


  1. Methamphetamine hydrochloride.


  1. Methyl:methane.
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