[ mawl ]
/ mɔl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. maugham,
  2. maugham, william somerset,
  3. maugre,
  4. maui,
  5. mauka,
  6. maulana,
  7. mauldin,
  8. mauldin, bill,
  9. maulers,
  10. maulid

Also mall.

Origin of maul

1200–50; (noun) Middle English malle < Old French mail mallet, hammer < Latin malleus hammer; (v.) Middle English mallen < Old French maillier, derivative of noun

Related formsmaul·er, nounun·mauled, adjective

Can be confusedmall maul maw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maul


/ (mɔːl) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsmauler, noun

Word Origin for maul

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

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Word Origin and History for maul
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