mote

1
[ moht ]
/ moʊt /

noun

a small particle or speck, especially of dust.

Nearby words

  1. mot,
  2. mot juste,
  3. mot test,
  4. motagua,
  5. motais operation,
  6. mote spoon,
  7. motel,
  8. motet,
  9. moth,
  10. moth bean

Origin of mote

1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; cognate with Dutch mot grit, sawdust, Norwegian mutt speck

Related formsmote·y, adjective

Can be confusedmoat mote

mote

2
[ moht ]
/ moʊt /

verb, past moste [mohst] /moʊst/. Archaic.

may or might.

Origin of mote

2
before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt; cognate with German muss. See must1

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British Dictionary definitions for mote

mote

1
/ (məʊt) /

noun

a tiny speck

Word Origin for mote

Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck

verb past moste (məʊst)

(takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might

Word Origin for mote

Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed

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Word Origin and History for mote

mote

n.

"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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