Origin of mongrel
Examples from the Web for mongrel
On the one hand, Wilfred is a pot-smoking, hard-drinking, Matt Damon-loving, mongrel dog.
The dog was a mongrel, maybe 35 pounds, and the kid was trying to balance it in front of him on the frame of his bicycle.
Miscegenation would follow and a mongrel race would be the result.
Sam Bungey grew up in London, went to university in Dublin and co-founded Mongrel, a monthly magazine about Irish youth culture.
He knows and we know that these mongrel herds, as he calls the outside enemy, are not so degenerate.City of Endless Night|Milo Hastings
It was on the last Friday in the month that something happened which quite changed Miss Minnies attitude towards that mongrel.Carolyn of the Corners|Ruth Belmore Endicott
His mongrel dog accompanied, keeping offensively near our heels.The Pool in the Desert|Sara Jeanette Duncan
He shielded us from evil and death and the dagger of the mongrel chief, Boonda Broke.Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Better than you I know this mongrel race, for I have already lived several months in the midst of it.The Guide of the Desert|Gustave Aimard
Word Origin for mongrel
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.