maul

[ mawl ]
/ mɔl /

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.
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 forms

maul·er, nounun·mauled, adjective

Can be confused

mall maul maw
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British Dictionary definitions for mauled

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

mauler, noun

Word Origin for maul

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