mongrel

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Late 15th century, from obsolete mong (mixture) +‎ -rel ((pejorative)); from Old English gemong (mingling) (whence Modern English among), from Proto-Germanic *mang- (mix).[1]

NounEdit

mongrel (plural mongrels)

  1. Someone or something of mixed kind or uncertain origin; especially, a dog that is such.
    That dog is a mongrel, who knows what breed it could be!

SynonymsEdit

  • (someone of mixed kind): bitsa, bitser or bitzer (UK, Australia), cut, mutt

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Etymology 2Edit

mongrel (plural mongrels)

(slang, Australia) A thuggish or obnoxious person.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ mongrel” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
Last modified on 16 April 2014, at 22:38