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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
  • Crumpled under the manger of the stall he just had quitted was a huddled shape.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • 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
  • She must have caught it as she slipped through the hay chute into the manger.

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

  • I had climbed into the manger to play, and that man did not see me.

    The Devil's Pool George Sand
  • 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
  • Do not let them seize upon the palace, and shove their God again into the manger.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • We have learned that we must live as men, not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger.

  • But finally he returned with an ample armful and filled up the manger.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
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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