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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Definitions for daymare

  1. a distressing experience, similar to a bad dream, occurring while one is awake.
  2. an acute anxiety attack.

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Citations for daymare
... a monstrous load that I was obliged to bear, a daymare that there was no possibility of breaking in, a weight that brooded on my wits and blunted them! Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1850
A breeze that smells of car fumes washes over my face, and it's over, my daymare, my vision, my whatever-it-was, is over. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, 2014
Origin of daymare
Daymare is formed on the analogy of the much earlier noun nightmare (which dates from the 14th century). The element -mare in both words has nothing to do with mares, stallions, or horses: it comes from the Germanic noun marō “elf, goblin, incubus, succubus, nightmare,” appearing as mare, mære in Old English and Mahr and Nachtmahr “nightmare” in German. Daymare entered English in the 18th century.