WORD ORIGIN 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. 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, noun un·mauled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for maulers 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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Word Origin and History for maulers v.
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. n.
mealle, "hammer, usually a heavy one; sledgehammer," from Old French mail "hammer," from Latin malleus "hammer" (see mallet).
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