[ muhng-ger, mong- ]
/ ˈmʌŋ gər, ˈmɒŋ- /


a person who is involved with something in a petty or contemptible way (usually used in combination): a gossipmonger.
Chiefly British. a dealer in or trader of a commodity (usually used in combination): fishmonger;cheesemonger.

verb (used with object)

to sell; hawk.

Nearby words

  1. mong,
  2. monge,
  3. monge's disease,
  4. monge, gaspard, comte de péluse,
  5. monged,
  6. mongo,
  7. mongol,
  8. mongol empire,
  9. mongolia,
  10. mongolian

Origin of monger

before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English mangere, equivalent to mang(ian) “to trade, act as a monger” (≪ Latin mangō “salesman”) + -ere -er1; cognate with Old Norse, Old High German mangari

Related formsmon·ger·ing, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monger


/ (ˈmʌŋɡə) /


(in combination except in archaic use) a trader or dealerironmonger
(in combination) a promoter of something unpleasantwarmonger
Derived Formsmongering, noun, adjective

Word Origin for monger

Old English mangere, ultimately from Latin mangō dealer; compare Old High German mangari

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