[ muhng-gruhl, mong- ]
/ ˈmʌŋ grəl, ˈmɒŋ- /


a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.
any animal or plant resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.
any cross between different things, especially if inharmonious or indiscriminate.


of mixed breed, nature, or origin; of or like a mongrel.

Nearby words

  1. mongolic,
  2. mongolism,
  3. mongoloid,
  4. mongols,
  5. mongoose,
  6. mongrelize,
  7. mongrelly,
  8. mongst,
  9. mongu,
  10. monial

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mongrel


/ (ˈmʌŋɡrəl) /


a plant or animal, esp a dog, of mixed or unknown breeding; a crossbreed or hybrid
taboo a person of mixed race
Australian and NZ sport toughness and physical aggressiona tall southpaw with plenty of mongrel


of mixed origin, breeding, character, etc
Derived Formsmongrelism, nounmongrelly, adjective

Word Origin for mongrel

C15: from obsolete mong mixture; compare Old English gemong a mingling

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Word Origin and History 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.

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