[ 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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM maulmaul·er, nounun·mauled, adjective
Words nearby maul
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British Dictionary definitions for maulers (1 of 2)
/ (ˈmɔːləz) /
British slang the hands
British Dictionary definitions for maulers (2 of 2)
/ (mɔːl) /
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 forms of maulmauler, noun
Word Origin for maul
C13: from Old French mail, from Latin malleus hammer. See mallet
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