maffick, verb intransitive

Back-formation from Mafeking (now Mafikeng), a town besieged by Boer soldiers during the Anglo-Boer War.
rare except in historical contexts
To celebrate in a boisterous and jubilant manner.
First used in British English of the celebration of the relief of Mafikeng in London in 1900.
1900 Pall Mall Gaz. (U.K.) 21 May 2We trust Cape Town..will ‘maffick’ today, if we may coin a word, as we at home did on Friday and Saturday.
1901 W.S. Sutherland S. Afr. Sketches 34Of course we ‘Mafficked’ with the best of them when the news came. In a small way, we considered ourselves comrades with our good friends in Mafeking — brother-besieged, so to speak.
1904 Saki in 76 Short Stories (1956) Mother, may I go and maffick, Tear around and hinder traffic?
1963 S. Cloete Rags of Glory 307The [Mafeking] siege of seven months was over, and all England was in an uproar. London had gone mad and the verb ‘to maffick’ was born.
1977 J. Podbrey in Quarry ’77 115This was my night for stopping traffic,..This was my time to roar and maffick.
1980 S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 23The Tswanas were mafficking (celebrating uproariously), as had the British 80 years previously in London when they first heard of the Relief of Mafeking.
1991 S. Clarke ‘Vanity Fair’ in S. Afr. 190Mafeking was finally relieved on 17 May 1900 by a combined force...Rejoicing continued for two days, and a new word describing frenzied jubilation — to ‘maffick’ — was added to the English language.
To celebrate in a boisterous and jubilant manner.
Hence maffick noun, a boisterous celebration; mafficker noun, one who celebrates in a boisterous manner; mafficking verbal noun, riotous celebration.
1902 Westminster Gaz. (U.K.) 4 June 7The Peace ‘maffick’ has not yet been completely worked off.
1902 Daily Chron. (U.K.) 9 July 6We have no wish to advocate the hysteria of which the name is ‘mafficking.’
1910 Blackwood’s Mag. (U.K.) July 9The ‘Mafficker’ may hereafter come within sight of the enemy.
1957 D. Grinnell-Milne Baden-Powell at Mafeking 218The verb ‘to maffick’, the noun ‘mafficking’ were presently coined and thrust hastily into the dictionary to reprehend hooliganism and to denounce the ‘noisy rejoicing of the mob’.
1986 Cape Times 22 Jan. 8There mention here of ‘mafficking’ — a word widely used up to and during World War II to describe riotous rejoicings like those that followed the relief of Mafeking in 1900.
1991 G. Zwirn in Settler Vol.65 No.2, 10A linguistic curiosity from the time of the Boer War is mafficking...London newspapers seized upon the gerund suggested by ‘Mafeking’ and, by changing the spelling, produced mafficking. Then, as now, the meaning is extravagant or excessive jubilation.
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