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mongrel

[muhng-gruh l, mong-] /ˈmʌŋ grəl, ˈmɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.
2.
any animal or plant resulting from the crossing of different breeds or varieties.
3.
any cross between different things, especially if inharmonious or indiscriminate.
adjective
4.
of mixed breed, nature, or origin; of or like a mongrel.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (once): heraldic term for a type of dog; equivalent to mong(e) mixture (Old English gemang; cf. mingle) + -rel
Related forms
mongrelism, mongrelness, noun
mongrelly, adverb
Synonyms
1. mutt. 2. cross, half-breed. See hybrid.
Antonyms
2. thoroughbred, purebred.
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British Dictionary definitions for mongrel

mongrel

/ˈmʌŋɡrəl/
noun
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
adjective
4.
of mixed origin, breeding, character, etc
Derived Forms
mongrelism, noun
mongrelly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from obsolete mong mixture; compare Old English gemong a mingling
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Word Origin and History for mongrel
n.

late 15c., "mixed-breed dog," from obsolete mong "mixture," from Old English gemong "mingling" (base of among), from Proto-Germanic *mangjan "to knead together" (see mingle). With pejorative suffix -rel. Meaning "person not of pure race" is from 1540s. As an adjective from 1570s.

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