- may or might.
Origin of mote2
before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt; cognate with German muss. See must1
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Examples from the Web for moste
But whan they rounenin her ere,Than groweth all my moste fere.
Yes, quod Haniball, and though they were the moste couetous of all the worlde.
Which Image they burne in the moste moystest place they can finde.The Devil in Britain and America
For that alwaies in thesame place, the river is moste shallowest.Machiavelli, Volume I
"You moste inquire de caracter of de yong voman," said Quintin, shrugging up his shoulders.The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson, Volumes One and Two
- a tiny speck
Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck
- (takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might
Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed
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Word Origin and History for moste
"particle of dust," Old English mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dutch mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit," Norwegian mutt "speck, mote, splinter, chip." Many references are to Matt. vii:3.
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