[ mong-ger, muhng- ]
See synonyms for: mongermongeredmongering on

  1. a person who is involved with something in a petty or contemptible way (usually used in combination): a gossipmonger.

  2. Chiefly British. a dealer in or trader of a commodity (usually used in combination): fishmonger;cheesemonger.

verb (used with object)
  1. to sell; hawk.

Origin of monger

First recorded before 1000; Middle English noun monger(e), mounger, Old English mangere, equivalent to mang(ian) “to trade, act as a monger” (ultimately from Latin mangō “salesman”) + -ere agent noun suffix; cognate with Old Norse, Old High German mangari; see -er1

Other words from monger

  • mon·ger·ing, noun, adjective

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How to use monger in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for monger


/ (ˈmʌŋɡə) /

  1. (in combination except in archaic use) a trader or dealer: ironmonger

  2. (in combination) a promoter of something unpleasant: warmonger

Origin of monger

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

Derived forms of monger

  • mongering, noun, adjective

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