[muhng-ger, mong-]


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.

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

Related Words for mongering

hawk, solicit, canvas, shove, monger, trade, vend, push, market, huckster

Examples from the Web for mongering

Historical Examples of mongering

  • Cornelia grew weary and sick of the excitement, the fashionable chatter, the mongering of low gossips.

    A Friend of Caesar

    William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for mongering



(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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Word Origin and History for mongering



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).

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