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[mel-vin] /ˈmɛl vɪn/
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.

  • Upon my word, Melvin, if I had a mother like you I should be ashamed of myself.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Melvin smiled, a smile as cheerless as the gleam of wintry starlight on a bit of glass.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • Will you come back with me now to the other table, and join Mr. Melvin and my father?

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

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

    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
  • I have asked you, in Mr. Melvin's presence, twice, to give me the information I wish for.

    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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  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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