Ell vs Mell - What's the difference?

ell | mell |


As a pronoun ell

is (third-person masculine pronoun).

As an adjective mell is

soft.

ell

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) eln “unit of measure of 45 inches,” originally “length of the forearm,” from Proto-Indo-European .

Noun

(en noun)
  • A measure for cloth. An English ell' equals 1.25 yards, whereas a Scottish ' ell measures only 1.0335 yards (http://www.onlineunitconversion.com). A Flemish ell measured three quarters, (27 inches).
  • Etymology 2

    From the name of the letter L

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An extension usually at right angles to one end of a building.
  • Something that is L-shaped.
  • mell

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) melen, .

    Alternative forms

    * (l)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To speak; converse; tell; say.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • Discourse; conversation.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) mellen, from (etyl) meller, , (l).

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To deal, concern oneself; to interfere or meddle.
  • *c. 1495 , (John Skelton), "Vppon a deedman's hed":
  • *:For wher so we dwell / Deth wyll us qwell / And with us mell .
  • * 1819 , , Ivanhoe , ch. 32,
  • “By Saint Thomas of Kent,” said he, “an I buckle to my gear, I will teach thee, sir lazy lover, to mell with thine own matters, maugre thine iron case there!”

    Etymology 3

    See mellifluous.

    Noun

    (-)
  • (obsolete) honey
  • * Warner
  • Ev'n such as neither wanton seeme, nor waiward, mell , nor gall.
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