- 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
Related Words for mauledlacerate, pummel, drub, mug, bludgeon, trample, thrash, molest, pound, skin, whip, paw, pelt, maltreat, wax, hit, beat, flagellate, buffet, hurt
Examples from the Web for mauled
Contemporary Examples of mauled
In 2009, I was attacked and mauled by my boss' chimp, Travis.The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry
July 20, 2014
In November, two people were mauled in an unusual polar bear attack in the center of a town near Hudson Bay in Canada.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
January 23, 2014
She was mauled by a 5-year-old 550-pound African lion named Cous Cous as she was cleaning his cage.
According to the Big Cat Rescue, 246 people were mauled by cats in the United States between 1990 and 2011.
“Mauled by Ads, Incumbents Look to Declaw Outside Groups,” in The New York Times.The Independent Rundown, October 23
October 23, 2012
Historical Examples of mauled
His hair was standing out all over him in tufts where her teeth had mauled.White Fang
At every step it was kicked or mauled by the crowd who accompanied it.The Huguenots in France
He found him out in a blackberry patch and mauled him to death.Old Ebenezer
They mauled and pounded him until he was sore, for he was the idol of the regiment.Army Boys on the Firing Line
In fact he gets so mauled his friends will soon hardly be able to recognise him.The Willoughby Captains
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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 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).