verb (used with object)
- maugham, william somerset,
- mauldin, bill,
Origin of maul
Examples from the Web for maul
With a lot of forethought, he wields an 8-pound maul through timber.
It was probably a case of numbness; you maul your thumb with a hammer and it will hurt just so long before it stops.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
Rude mills were then formed with a hollowed log, and a heavy weight or maul on a spring-board.Customs and Fashions in Old New England|Alice Morse Earle
Who could have fancied that when savages began to use clubs to maul each other it would end in this diabolical refinement!The Cruise of the Dry Dock|T. S. Stribling
Word Origin for maul
mid-13c., meallen "strike with a heavy weapon," from Middle English mealle (mid-13c.) "mace, wooden club, heavy hammer" (see maul (n.). The meaning "damage seriously, mangle" is first recorded 1690s. Related: Mauled; mauling.
c.1200, mealle, "hammer, usually a heavy one; sledgehammer," from Old French mail "hammer," from Latin malleus "hammer" (see mallet).