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[meyn-jer] /ˈmeɪn dʒər/
a box or trough in a stable or barn from which horses or cattle eat.
  1. a space at the bow of a ship, having a partition for confining water entering at the hawseholes until it can be drained.
  2. a sunken bottom in a chain locker, covered by a grating and used to collect water from the anchor chain.
Origin of manger
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French maingeure, derivative of mangier to eat < Latin mandūcāre to chew, eat. See manducate


[meyn-jer] /ˈmeɪn dʒər/
noun, Astronomy
1545-55; as translation of Latin praesēpe Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for manger
Historical Examples
  • Then he prepared a manger, and brought hay, an ox and an ass to the place appointed.

    The Story of Assisi Lina Duff Gordon
  • But finally he returned with an ample armful and filled up the manger.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • If the manger be over-filled they spill and waste it, and at the same time will not eat so much.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • “Good day, you cow at the manger,” said the Cat to Daisy the cow.

  • You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.

  • I was just making for the door of the salle--manger when the hostess overtook me.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • With her heart beating fast she stole forward on tiptoe to the manger, well lined with hay, and lifted up the lantern.

    The Christmas Child Hesba Stretton
  • The manger was empty, as it had been the year before; but the home seemed empty too.

    The Christmas Child Hesba Stretton
  • We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.

  • If he thinks at all, he thinks of the stable and the manger.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for manger


a trough or box in a stable, barn, etc, from which horses or cattle feed
(nautical) a basin-like construction in the bows of a vessel for catching water draining from an anchor rode or coming in through the hawseholes
Word Origin
C14: from Old French maingeure food trough, from mangier to eat, ultimately from Latin mandūcāre to chew
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Word Origin and History for manger

early 14c., from Old French mangeoire "crib, manger," from mangier "to eat" (see mange) + -oire, common suffix for implements and receptacles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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manger in the Bible

(Luke 2:7, 12, 16), the name (Gr. phatne, rendered "stall" in Luke 13:15) given to the place where the infant Redeemer was laid. It seems to have been a stall or crib for feeding cattle. Stables and mangers in our modern sense were in ancient times unknown in the East. The word here properly denotes "the ledge or projection in the end of the room used as a stall on which the hay or other food of the animals of travellers was placed." (See INN.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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