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  1. a box or trough in a stable or barn from which horses or cattle eat.
  2. Nautical.
    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


noun Astronomy.
  1. Praesepe.

Origin of Manger

1545–55; as translation of Latin praesēpe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for manger

cradle, stable, Bethlehem, stall, trough, crib, rack

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British Dictionary definitions for manger


  1. a trough or box in a stable, barn, etc, from which horses or cattle feed
  2. 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 for manger

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with manger


see dog in the manger.

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