mule

1
[myool]

noun


Nearby words

  1. mulch,
  2. mulcher,
  3. mulciber,
  4. mulct,
  5. muldoon,
  6. mule chest,
  7. mule deer,
  8. mule skinner,
  9. mule spinning,
  10. mule train

Origin of mule

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

mule

2
[myool]

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

mule

1

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

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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Word Origin and History for mule
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Idioms and Phrases with mule

mule

see stubborn as a mule.

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