[ muhl-uhk ]

  1. (in Australasia) refuse or rubbish, as rock or earth, from a mine; muck.

Idioms about mullock

  1. poke mullock at, Australian. to ridicule.

Origin of mullock

1350–1400; originally dialectal English; Middle English mullok, equivalent to mul dust, mold, rubbish (compare Old English myl dust; vowel perhaps from Middle English mullen;see mull4) + -ok-ock

Other words from mullock

  • mul·lock·y, adjective

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How to use mullock in a sentence

  • "We'd better get down and clear out some of the mullock," he said.

    The Black Opal | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • And diggers came up with their flannels and moleskins yellow and heavy, and dripping with wet 'mullock'.

  • Well, aw'll mak a mullock o' thee i' two minnits if tha doesn't shut up!

  • Aw've had nowt to do wi' th' orderation o' this mullock, an' if ther's owt lost aw'll pay for it.

    Yorksher Puddin' | John Hartley
  • There was nothing the matter with Rum-Enough but a dislike of shifting mullock if he could get anyone to shift it for him.

    The Black Opal | Katharine Susannah Prichard

British Dictionary definitions for mullock


/ (ˈmʌlək) /

  1. Australian waste material from a mine

  2. dialect a mess or muddle

  1. poke mullock at Australian informal to ridicule

Origin of mullock

C14: related to Old English myl dust, Old Norse mylja to crush; see muller

Derived forms of mullock

  • mullocky, adjective

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