[muhng-gruhl, mong-]
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.

1425–75; late Middle English (once): heraldic term for a type of dog; equivalent to mong(e) mixture (Old English gemang; cf. mingle) + -rel

mongrelism, mongrelness, noun
mongrelly, adverb

1. mutt. 2. cross, half-breed. See hybrid.

2. thoroughbred, purebred. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mongrel (ˈmʌŋɡrəl)
1.  a plant or animal, esp a dog, of mixed or unknown breeding; a crossbreed or hybrid
2.  taboo a person of mixed race
3.  (Austral), (NZ) sport toughness and physical aggression: a tall southpaw with plenty of mongrel
4.  of mixed origin, breeding, character, etc
[C15: from obsolete mong mixture; compare Old English gemong a mingling]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "mixed breed dog," from obs. mong "mixture," from O.E. gemong "mingling" (base of among), from P.Gmc. *mong- "mix." With pejorative suffix (cf. wastrel). Meaning "person not of pure race" is from 1540s.
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Example sentences
Instead, a rusty trawler lies on its side on the forecourt, which the workmen eye as though a mongrel dog.
Our search begins at a local shelter filled with pit bulls, old guard dogs and a three-legged mongrel.
He has the morals of a mongrel dog, he was lackadaisical and he wasted two full terms in office.
The result is a mongrel that's got many in the video community frustrated and angry.
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