mule

1
[ myool ]
/ myul /

noun

Origin of mule

1
before 1000; Middle English < Old French < Latin mūla mule (feminine); replacing Old English mūl < Latin mūlus (masculine)

Definition for mule (2 of 2)

mule

2
[ myool ]
/ myul /

noun

a lounging slipper that covers the toes and instep or only the instep.
a woman's shoe resembling this.

Origin of mule

2
1350–1400; Middle English: sore spot on the heel, chilblain, perhaps < Middle Dutch mūle
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British Dictionary definitions for mule (1 of 2)

mule

1
/ (mjuːl) /

noun

the sterile offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, used as a beast of burdenCompare hinny 1
any hybrid animala mule canary
Also called: spinning mule a machine invented by Samuel Crompton that spins cotton into yarn and winds the yarn on spindles
informal an obstinate or stubborn person
slang a person who is paid to transport illegal drugs for a dealer

Word Origin for mule

C13: from Old French mul, from Latin mūlus ass, mule

British Dictionary definitions for mule (2 of 2)

mule

2
/ (mjuːl) /

noun

a backless shoe or slipper

Word Origin for mule

C16: from Old French from Latin mulleus a magistrate's shoe
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Idioms and Phrases with mule

mule


see stubborn as a mule.

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