verb (used without object), min·gled, min·gling.

verb (used with object), min·gled, min·gling.


mingles, two or more single, unrelated adults who live together.

Origin of mingle

1425–75; late Middle English menglen, equivalent to meng(en) to mix (Old English mengan; cognate with Dutch, German mengen) + -(e)len -le
Related formsmin·gle·ment, nounmin·gler, nounre·min·gle, verb, re·min·gled, re·min·gling.un·min·gled, adjectivewell-min·gled, adjective

Synonyms for mingle

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Examples from the Web for mingle

Contemporary Examples of mingle

Historical Examples of mingle

  • He did not mingle with it, but remained aloof, always himself, and was even feared by it.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • He must mingle sometimes with others, that he may be always with her!

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • He had also a trick to mingle his commodity, that that which was bad might go off with the least mistrust.


    James Anthony Froude

  • If he could but see her and mingle his tears with hers he would be content.

  • Must mingle other atoms with those before they stabilize in our plane.

British Dictionary definitions for mingle



to mix or cause to mix
(intr often foll by with) to come into close association
Derived Formsmingler, noun

Word Origin for mingle

C15: from Old English mengan to mix; related to Middle Dutch mengen, Old Frisian mengja
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Word Origin and History for mingle

mid-15c., "to bring together," frequentative of Middle English myngen "to mix," from Old English mengan (related to second element in among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (cf. Old Saxon mengian, Old Norse menga, Old Frisian mendza, German mengen), from PIE *mag- "to knead, fashion, fit" (see macerate). The formation may have been suggested by cognate Middle Dutch mengelen. Of persons, "to join with others, be sociable" (intransitive), from c.1600. Related: Mingled; mingling.

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