- 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
Examples from the Web for mauling
Only three of 'em, but they're all over the place—climbing on you, mauling you, tripping you up.Torchy and Vee
I wondered what men were beneath it and what mauling they were receiving.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Lying on my cushions, mauling my things, running my engine for all I know.From the Car Behind
Eleanor M. Ingram
And it was only after months of suffering that Williams finally recovered from the mauling.In Africa
John T. McCutcheon
Had they but known it, he despised them too greatly to think of mauling them.A Son of the Immortals
- 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 and History for mauling
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).