- 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.
- to sell; hawk.
Origin of monger
Examples from the Web for monger
Historical Examples of monger
Further, the native who gave all the information to Mr. Monger was one of our party.
On reaching them Mr. Monger found he had dropped his revolver.
The phrase might have holes picked in it by a composition-master or -monger.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
I therefore sent Mr. Monger back with instructions to bring the party to this spot, called Cartubing.
At my request they went and brought us Mr. Monger's revolver, which they stated they had been warming near the fire!
- (in combination except in archaic use) a trader or dealerironmonger
- (in combination) a promoter of something unpleasantwarmonger
Word Origin for monger
Old English mangere "merchant, trader, broker," from mangian "to traffic, trade," from Proto-Germanic *mangojan (cf. Old Saxon mangon, Old Norse mangri), from Latin mango (genitive mangonis) "dealer, trader, slave-dealer," from a noun derivative of Greek manganon "contrivance, means of enchantment," from PIE root *mang- "to embellish, dress, trim." Used in comb. form in English since at least 12c.; since 16c. chiefly with overtones of petty and disreputable.
1928, from monger (v.). Not considered to be from Old English mangian. Related: Mongered; mongering (1846).