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Melvin

or Melvyn

[mel-vin] /ˈmɛl vɪn/
noun
1.
a male given name.
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  • Melvin, however, (p. 165) rushed on by himself, over ground swept from end to end by rifle and machine gun fire.

  • Will you come back with me now to the other table, and join Mr. Melvin and my father?

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • Melvin smiled, a smile as cheerless as the gleam of wintry starlight on a bit of glass.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • "Just wait a moment, Mr. Melvin, if you please," Duncan interrupted him.

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • "Oh," said Melvin, and sank back, making no further protest.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • I have asked you, in Mr. Melvin's presence, twice, to give me the information I wish for.

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
  • It had not come from the County Fair but from the best establishment for such ware and Melvin was delighted with it.

    Dorothy's House Party Evelyn Raymond
  • You're a poor judge of character, Melvin, if you don't see that.

    The Last Woman Ross Beeckman
Word Origin and History for Melvin

masc. proper name, from Old English Mælwine, literally "friend of the council," from mæl "council," from Proto-Germanic *mathla- (see blackmail) + wine "friend" (related to winnan "to strive, struggle, fight;" see win (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Melvin

melvin

noun

  1. A disgusting and contemptible person; creep, nerd (1950s+ Teenagers)
  2. The prank of pulling the underwear upward from behind by the waistband; wedgie, murphy (1980s+ Students)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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