(third-person singular simple present maskers, present participle maskering, simple past and past participle maskered)
From Middle English *maskeren, malskren ("to bewilder"; compare Middle English bimalscren (“to bewitch")), from Old English *malscrian (attested in derivative malscrung (“enchantment, charm")), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *malskaz (“haughty"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mel- (“to beat, crush, grind"). Cognate with Middle Dutch malsch (“headstrong, zealous"), Gothic [script?] (malsks, “foolish"). More at mask. [script?]
- One who wears a mask; one who appears in disguise at a masquerade.
- That which masks (noise in a signal, etc.).
From mask +"Ž -er.