a heavy hammer, as for driving stakes or wedges.
Archaic. a heavy club or mace.
verb (used with object)
to handle or use roughly: The book was badly mauled by its borrowers.
to injure by a rough beating, shoving, or the like; bruise: to be mauled by an angry crowd.
to split with a maul and wedge, as a wooden rail.
Also, mall.

1200–50; (noun) Middle English malle < Old French mail mallet, hammer < Latin malleus hammer; (v.) Middle English mallen < Old French maillier, derivative of noun

mauler, noun
unmauled, adjective

mall, maul, maw. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
maul (mɔːl)
1.  to handle clumsily; paw
2.  to batter or lacerate
3.  a heavy two-handed hammer suitable for driving piles, wedges, etc
4.  rugby a loose scrum that forms around a player who is holding the ball and on his feet
[C13: from Old French mail, from Latin malleus hammer. See mallet]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., meallen "strike with a heavy weapon," from M.E. mealle (mid-13c.) "mace, wooden club, heavy hammer," from O.Fr. mail (see mallet). The meaning "damage seriously, shatter, mangle" is first recorded 1690s. Related: Mauled; mauling.
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Bible Dictionary

Maul definition

an old name for a mallet, the rendering of the Hebrew mephits (Prov. 25:18), properly a war-club.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
They look cute, except for the part where they maul me and put big slobbery pools of drool all over me.
Then an extra chain, a splitting maul and two new round files.
He escaped only by pulling a wad of dollars out of his sock and throwing it in the air, and then driving off in the ensuing maul.
Maul said he doesn't think it affected travel as much this year as was anticipated.
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