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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.
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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.
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Origin of Manger

1545–55; as translation of Latin praesēpe
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Related Words for manger

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

Examples from the Web for manger

Historical Examples of manger

  • We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.

    United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches


  • 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.

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
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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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