adjective, noun Scot. and North England.


a suffix found on abstract nouns borrowed from Latin, usually denoting a status, role, or function (matrimony; testimony), or a personal quality or kind of behavior (acrimony; sanctimony).

Origin of -mony

< Latin -mōnium (denominal), -mōnia (usually deadjectival), presumably orig. derivatives with -ium -ium, -ia -ia of -mōn-, an adj. or noun suffix, cognate with Greek -mōn (see hegemony); cf. alimony Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mony

Historical Examples of mony

  • "There's nae that mony o' 's just what ither fowk think us," said the minister's wife.

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • There's mony aboot 'im 'at'll be sair eneuch upon 'im, but nane the wiser for that!

    Salted With Fire

    George MacDonald

  • Mony ane 'at spak like that, had nae doot a guid meanin' in't; but, hech man!

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • There was nae mair gaun oot that day, I tell ye, nor mony a day.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

  • Mony a mon'd be differ', mony bad'd be gude, gin they had but their chance.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

British Dictionary definitions for mony



a Scottish word for many
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