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[meyn-jer] /ˈmeɪn dʒər/
a box or trough in a stable or barn from which horses or cattle eat.
  1. a space at the bow of a ship, having a partition for confining water entering at the hawseholes until it can be drained.
  2. a sunken bottom in a chain locker, covered by a grating and used to collect water from the anchor chain.
Origin of manger
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French maingeure, derivative of mangier to eat < Latin mandūcāre to chew, eat. See manducate


[meyn-jer] /ˈmeɪn dʒər/
noun, Astronomy.
1545-55; as translation of Latin praesēpe Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for manger
Historical Examples
  • We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.

  • I must be a dog in the manger, because I don't like the idea of its being either.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • What sort of a yellow dog in the manger would he be if he did not?

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But finally he returned with an ample armful and filled up the manger.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • “Good day, you cow at the manger,” said the Cat to Daisy the cow.

  • I was just making for the door of the salle--manger when the hostess overtook me.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • It's being a dog in the manger, because he doesn't care for it himself.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • If there's any one thing in the universe I never had you figured for, it's a dog in the manger.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • Dogs in the manger, I call you; won't work yourselves, and won't let any one else.'

    Sarah's School Friend

    May Baldwin
  • The manger was empty, as it had been the year before; but the home seemed empty too.

    The Christmas Child Hesba Stretton
British Dictionary definitions for manger


a trough or box in a stable, barn, etc, from which horses or cattle feed
(nautical) a basin-like construction in the bows of a vessel for catching water draining from an anchor rode or coming in through the hawseholes
Word Origin
C14: from Old French maingeure food trough, from mangier to eat, ultimately from Latin mandūcāre to chew
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Word Origin and History for manger

early 14c., from Old French mangeoire "crib, manger," from mangier "to eat" (see mange) + -oire, common suffix for implements and receptacles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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