[gang-gruh l, -ruh l]

Origin of gangrel

1300–50; Middle English; See gang1, -rel; cf. gangling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gangrel

Historical Examples of gangrel

  • And what gangrel loon is this that ye are bringing to the door by the hand?

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett

  • And are ye in the wont of drawing up wi' a' the gangrel bodies that ye find cowering in a sand-bunker upon the links?

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • Then she went slowly down from the Hill of Speech, and whoso saw her deemed her but a gangrel carline.

  • But tell me, good Gerard, how it is that thou art so willing to leave kith and kin to follow a gangrel wife along the ways?

  • It happened once that some gangrel women came to Lithend from Bergthorsknoll; they were great gossips and rather spiteful tongued.

British Dictionary definitions for gangrel


noun Scot archaic, or literary
  1. a wandering beggar
  2. a child just able to walk; toddler

Word Origin for gangrel

C16: from Old English gangan to go 1
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