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

may or might.

Origin of mote

before 900; Middle English mot(e), Old English mōt; cognate with German muss. See must1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moting

Historical Examples of moting

  • Induce your brother to get up some English affair, some moting, or meeting, or some such thing.

  • One day he was engaged in his many brain-taxing duties, the most trying of which was keeping the motive power "moting."

    Cattle-Ranch to College

    Russell Doubleday

British Dictionary definitions for moting




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 moting



"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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