- 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 moting
- 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
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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