[ 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.

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 forms

mon·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 Forms

mongrelism, nounmongrelly, adjective

Word Origin for mongrel

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