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mongrel

[muhng-gruh l, mong-]
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noun
  1. a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.
  2. any animal or plant resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.
  3. any cross between different things, especially if inharmonious or indiscriminate.
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adjective
  1. of mixed breed, nature, or origin; of or like a mongrel.
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Origin of mongrel

1425–75; late Middle English (once): heraldic term for a type of dog; equivalent to mong(e) mixture (Old English gemang; cf. mingle) + -rel
Related formsmon·grel·ism, mon·grel·ness, nounmon·grel·ly, adverb

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1. mutt. 2. cross, half-breed. See hybrid.

Antonyms

2. thoroughbred, purebred.
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mongrel

noun
  1. a plant or animal, esp a dog, of mixed or unknown breeding; a crossbreed or hybrid
  2. taboo a person of mixed race
  3. Australian and NZ sport toughness and physical aggressiona tall southpaw with plenty of mongrel
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adjective
  1. of mixed origin, breeding, character, etc
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Derived Formsmongrelism, nounmongrelly, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from obsolete mong mixture; compare Old English gemong a mingling
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Word Origin and History for mongrel

n.

late 15c., "mixed-breed dog," from obsolete mong "mixture," from Old English gemong "mingling" (base of among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (see mingle). With pejorative suffix -rel. Meaning "person not of pure race" is from 1540s. As an adjective from 1570s.

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