- 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 mongering
Cornelia grew weary and sick of the excitement, the fashionable chatter, the mongering of low gossips.A Friend of Caesar
William Stearns Davis
- (in combination except in archaic use) a trader or dealerironmonger
- (in combination) a promoter of something unpleasantwarmonger
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).