Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday February 13, 2013
a stolen article found on the person of or near the thief: to be taken with the mainour.
Caught the thief, with the mainour, hey?
-- Maria Edgeworth, The Parent's Assistant
...if I be taken in the mainour, if the theft be found about me, I shall be either killed, or carted with a paper crown set upon my head, having my fault written in great text-letters.
-- Fernando de Rojas, The Celestina
Mainour, a Medieval word, entered Middle English from the Old French manoeuvre meaning "hand labor."