Origin of mule1
Origin of mule2
Related Words for mulesmule, sandal, horse, burro, combination, amalgam, bastard, mixture, cur, hybrid, cross, mutt, half-breed, crossbreed, ass, jackass, pump, clog, scuff, pony
Examples from the Web for mules
Contemporary Examples of mules
Three other mules from the Crimean city of Sevastopol were detained at a road checkpoint with $400,000 in cash on them.Ukraine Foreign Minister Speaks of Mistrust—and a Truce
April 19, 2014
Each slave then attend to the respective chores given—feeding the mules, cutting wood, etc.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film
October 18, 2013
Loose hem-lines, closed-toe Manolo Blahnik mules, and tight black headbands.At Victoria Beckham, Boy Meets Girl
September 8, 2013
“Some of them are kidnapped and used as [drug] mules,” she says.A Beauty Queen Takes Kabul
September 17, 2010
Historical Examples of mules
He also procured a couple of mules to transport his baggage.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Great walls of earth and stone sheltered the horses and mules.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
One of these fellows, as it chanced, was their own guide, who had come in from tending the mules.
"They are paying themselves for the mules and horses," said Fray Henriques with a shrug.
The mules stopped, and through her light veil I saw that she was handsome.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Word Origin for mule
Word Origin for mule
"offspring of donkey and horse," from Old English mul, Old French mul "mule, hinny" (12c., fem. mule), both from Latin mulus (fem. mula) "a mule," probably from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language.
The mule combines the strength of the horse with the endurance and surefootedness of the ass, and is extensively bred for certain employments for which it is more suited than either; it is ordinarily incapable of procreation. With no good grounds, the mule is a proverbial type of obstinacy. [OED]
Properly, the offspring of a he-ass and a mare; that of a she-ass and a stallion is technically a hinny. Used allusively of hybrids and things of mixed nature. As a type of spinning machine, attested from 1797 (so called because a hybrid of distinct warp and woof machines). Meaning "obstinate, stupid, or stubborn person" is from 1470s; that of "narcotics smuggler or courier" first attested 1935.
"loose slipper," 1560s, from Middle French mule, from Latin mulleus calceus "red high-soled shoe," worn by Roman patricians, from mullus "red" (see mullet (n.1)). Related: Mules.
see stubborn as a mule.