- 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
- British slang the hands
- 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).