(third-person singular simple present mars, present participle marring, simple past and past participle marred)
- To spoil, to damage.
From Middle English merren, from Old English mierran (“to mar, disturb, confuse; scatter, squander, waste; upset, hinder, obstruct; err"), from Proto-Germanic *marzijanÄ… (“to disturb, hinder"), from Proto-Indo-European *mers- (“to annoy, dristurb, neglect, forget, ignore"). Cognate with Scots mer, mar (“to obstruct, impede, spoil, ruin"), Dutch marren (“to push along, delay, hinder"), German dialectal merren (“to entangle"), Icelandic merja (“to bruise, crush"), Gothic ðŒ¼ðŒ°ð‚ðŒ¶ðŒ¾ðŒ°ðŒ½ (marzjan, “to annoy, bother, disturb, offend"), Lithuanian mirÅ¡ti (“to forget, lose, become oblivious, die"), Armenian Õ´Õ¸Õ¼Õ¡Õ¶Õ¡Õ¬ (moá¹™anal, “to forget, fail").
- A small lake.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.