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[muhng-ger, mong-] /ˈmʌŋ gər, ˈmɒŋ-/
a person who is involved with something in a petty or contemptible way (usually used in combination):
a gossipmonger.
Chiefly British. a dealer in or trader of a commodity (usually used in combination):
verb (used with object)
to sell; hawk.
Origin of monger
before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English mangere, equivalent to mang(ian) to trade, act as a monger (≪ Latin mangō salesman) + -ere -er1; cognate with Old Norse, Old High German mangari
Related forms
mongering, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monger
  • She's funny enough but you know, the lady is a gossip monger.
  • We've searched big supermarkets, butcher shops, a fish monger and a handful of fancy grocery stores.
  • He was a coal broker before becoming a wool monger and was a ruthless salesman.
  • It was quite funny buying the herbs in the local herb monger.
  • For he sees himself as a different sort of peace-monger.
  • And you don't go broke paying your money to some monger.
  • Either shell the shrimp yourself or have your fish store or supermarket fish monger clean them for you.
British Dictionary definitions for monger


(in combination except in archaic use) a trader or dealer: ironmonger
(in combination) a promoter of something unpleasant: warmonger
Derived Forms
mongering, noun, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mangere, ultimately from Latin mangō dealer; compare Old High German mangari
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Word Origin and History for monger

Old English mangere "merchant, trader, broker," from mangian "to traffic, trade," from Proto-Germanic *mangojan (cf. Old Saxon mangon, Old Norse mangri), from Latin mango (genitive mangonis) "dealer, trader, slave-dealer," from a noun derivative of Greek manganon "contrivance, means of enchantment," from PIE root *mang- "to embellish, dress, trim." Used in comb. form in English since at least 12c.; since 16c. chiefly with overtones of petty and disreputable.


1928, from monger (v.). Not considered to be from Old English mangian. Related: Mongered; mongering (1846).

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