maf·​fick | \ ˈma-fik How to pronounce maffick (audio) \
mafficked; mafficking; mafficks

Definition of maffick

intransitive verb

: to celebrate with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious behavior

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Maffick is an alteration of Mafeking Night, the British celebration of the lifting of the siege of a British military outpost during the South African War at the town of Mafikeng (also spelled Mafeking) on May 17, 1900. The South African War was fought between the British and the Afrikaners, who were Dutch and Huguenot settlers originally called Boers, over the right to govern frontier territories. Though the war did not end until 1902, the lifting of the siege of Mafikeng was a significant victory for the British because they held out against a larger Afrikaner force for 217 days until reinforcements could arrive. The rejoicing in British cities on news of the rescue produced "maffick," a word that was popular for a while, especially in journalistic writing, but is now relatively uncommon.

First Known Use of maffick

1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maffick

back-formation from Mafeking Night, English celebration of the lifting of the siege of Mafeking, South Africa, May 17, 1900

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“Maffick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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