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verb, past moste [mohst] /moʊst/. Archaic.
  1. may or might.
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Origin of mote2

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

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

    The Village Notary

    Jzsef Etvs

  • 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


  1. a tiny speck
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Word Origin

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


verb past moste (məʊst)
  1. (takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might
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Word Origin

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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