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maul

[ mawl ]
/ mɔl /
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noun
a heavy hammer, as for driving stakes or wedges.
Archaic. a heavy club or mace.
verb (used with object)
to handle or use roughly: The book was badly mauled by its borrowers.
to injure by a rough beating, shoving, or the like; bruise: to be mauled by an angry crowd.
to split with a maul and wedge, as a wooden rail.
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Origin of maul

First recorded in 1200–50; (noun) Middle English malle, from Old French mail “mallet, hammer,” from Latin malleus “hammer”; (verb) Middle English mallen, from Old French maillier, derivative of noun

OTHER WORDS FROM maul

maul·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maul

mall, maul , maw
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British Dictionary definitions for maul

maul
/ (mɔːl) /

verb (tr)
to handle clumsily; paw
to batter or lacerate
noun
a heavy two-handed hammer suitable for driving piles, wedges, etc
rugby a loose scrum that forms around a player who is holding the ball and on his feet

Derived forms of maul

mauler, noun

Word Origin for maul

C13: from Old French mail, from Latin malleus hammer. See mallet
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