- a box or trough in a stable or barn from which horses or cattle eat.
- a space at the bow of a ship, having a partition for confining water entering at the hawseholes until it can be drained.
- 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
Origin of Manger
1545–55; as translation of Latin praesēpe
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Examples from the Web for manger
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
“Good day, you cow at the manger,” said the Cat to Daisy the cow.
- 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
C14: from Old French maingeure food trough, from mangier to eat, ultimately from Latin mandūcāre to chew
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
Idioms and Phrases with manger
see dog in the manger.
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