One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural MOTs, Plural mots
- short for bon mot
- ‘Indeed, the oft-repeated mot that ‘Israel has more curators than artists’ points to a serious quandary.’
- ‘One of his mots appears on several quotation sites: ‘Some of the waiters discuss the menu with you as if they were sharing wisdom picked up in the Himalayas.’’
- ‘And, notwithstanding Santayana's too-often repeated mot about forgetfulness and history repeating, it is sometimes possible to see in such repetition not error or futility but constancy.’
- ‘The prose is of a rare stateliness and intelligence, studded with clever, sometimes almost epigrammatic mots.’
- ‘But those mots are just the icing on what is essentially a very rich, very filling, very addictive, gooey chocolate cake of a thriller.’
nounPlural MOTs, Plural motsIrish
A girl or young woman, especially a man's girlfriend.‘Chrissie, Frank's mot, started flinging things down at them from the bedroom window’
girlfriend, girl, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, fiancéeView synonyms
- ‘All the fellows and their mots would go down behind the Guinness plant for a kiss and a cuddle, and we would hide further down the back.’
- ‘We were six in all, including my elder brother; the thin brother; his new mot; my aunt and cousin.’
- ‘So… anyway, Patrick… are you bringing the mot to the pub tonight?’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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