- a heavy hammer, as for driving stakes or wedges.
- Archaic. a heavy club or mace.
- 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.
Origin of maul
Examples from the Web for maul
With a lot of forethought, he wields an 8-pound maul through timber.Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry
July 8, 2014
Would you have had the courage to swing the maul for the first blow if you had seen that bulkhead?Lord Jim
A smart rap on the head with the maul and he came into the dory quietly.The Harbor of Doubt
I met him with a maul, and parried his blow, or I should have then lost my life.My Bondage and My Freedom
It was at last young Maul's time to speak and he arose, slightly nervous.The Hindered Hand
Sutton E. Griggs
By gracious, I feel that if some one would plow for me I'd let him maul me until he got tired.The Jucklins
- to handle clumsily; paw
- to batter or lacerate
- 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
Word Origin and History 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).