Mallemaroking Definition


(archaic, nautical) Carousing on icebound Greenland whaling ships.


Origin of Mallemaroking

  • Apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words. The first of these is the obsolete mallemerok a “foolish woman”, from malle, foolish, plus marok, from French marotte, an object of foolish affection; a “bauble”. The second word mallemok is a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.

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