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Etymology

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 < 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.

Pronunciation

Noun

mallemaroking

  1. (archaic) (nautical) carousing on icebound Greenland whaling ships.

References

  • 1913 Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal, Vol. IX:M-NYMPH; bewerkt door A. Kluyver, A. Lodewyckx, J. Heinsius en J.A.N. Knuttel (’s Gravenhage en Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, A.W. Sijthoff).
  • Mallemaroking at Salon.com
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