[maf-ik] /ˈmæf ɪk/
verb (used without object), British.
to celebrate with extravagant public demonstrations.
(intransitive) (Brit, archaic) to celebrate extravagantly and publicly
“to celebrate boisterously,” 1900, from Mafficking, a nonce-verb formed punningly from Mafeking, British garrison town in South Africa whose relief on May 17, 1900, during the Boer War, was celebrated wildly in London. OED reports the word “confined to journalistic use.” By now it might as well write, “confined to dictionaries.” The place name (properly Mafikeng) is from Tswana and is said to mean “place of rocks,” from mafika, plural of lefika “rock, cliff” + -eng “place of.”
[mah-fee-uh, maf-ee-uh] /ˈmɑ fi ə, ˈmæf i ə/ noun 1. a hierarchically structured secret organization allegedly engaged in smuggling, racketeering, trafficking in narcotics, and other criminal activities in the U.S., Italy, and elsewhere. 2. 3. (often lowercase) any small powerful or influential group in an organization or field; clique. /ˈmæfɪə/ noun 1. the Mafia, an […]
[maf-ik] /ˈmæf ɪk/ adjective, Geology. 1. of or relating to rocks rich in dark, ferromagnesian minerals. Compare (def 4), . mafic (māf’ĭk) Relating to an igneous rock that contains a group of dark-colored minerals, composed chiefly of magnesium and iron. Compare felsic.
/ˈmæfɪˌkɛŋ/ noun 1. a town in N South Africa: besieged by the Boers for 217 days (1899–1900) during the second Boer War: administrative headquarters of the British protectorate of Bechuanaland until 1965, although outside its borders. Pop: 23 650 (2001) Former name (until 1980) Mafeking
[mah-fee-oh-soh] /ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ soʊ/ noun, plural mafiosi [mah-fee-oh-see] /ˌmɑ fiˈoʊ si/ (Show IPA), mafiosos. (sometimes initial capital letter) 1. a member of a Mafia or of a mafia. /ˌmæfɪˈəʊsəʊ; Italian mafiˈoso/ noun (pl) -sos, -si (Italian) (-si) 1. a person belonging to the Mafia