[ mawl ]
/ mɔl /
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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
First recorded in 1200–50; (noun) Middle English malle, from Old French mail “mallet, hammer,” from Latin malleus “hammer”; (verb) Middle English mallen, from Old French maillier, derivative of noun
OTHER WORDS FROM maulmaul·er, noun
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How to use maul in a sentence
Other targets of this critical mauling include Madonna, Sharon Osborne, and Demi Moore.
By the time I am done I am "all het up" and feel like taking the club and giving them a good mauling.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
In 1662 a mob assembled, dragged them out into the street, beating and mauling them severely, and killing one outright.Bygone London|Frederick Ross
After the fourth mauling he turned round and went back to Johannesburg, preferring to take his chances with the Boers.A Woman's Part in a Revolution|Natalie Harris Hammond
But you shan't escape your misdemeanour in mauling those verses as you have done, by finding fault with my joke redevivus.Handy Andy, Volume 2 (of 2)|Samuel Lover
She had been a field-hand in North Carolina, and worked at cutting down trees, grubbing land, and mauling rails.Palmetto-Leaves|Harriet Beecher Stowe
British Dictionary definitions for maul
/ (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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