What does mongrel mean?

Definitions for mongrel
ˈmʌŋ grəl, ˈmɒŋ-mon·grel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bastard, mongrelnoun

    derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin

    "the architecture was a kind of bastard suggesting Gothic but not true Gothic"

  2. cur, mongrel, muttnoun

    an inferior dog or one of mixed breed

Wiktionary

  1. mongrelnoun

    Someone of mixed kind or uncertain origin, especially a dog.

    That dog is a mongrel, who knows what breed it could be!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mongrelnoun

    the progeny resulting from a cross between two breeds, as of domestic animals; anything of mixed breed

    Etymology: [Prob. shortened fr. mongrel, and akin to AS. mengan to mix, and E. mingle. See Mingle.]

  2. Mongreladjective

    not of a pure breed

    Etymology: [Prob. shortened fr. mongrel, and akin to AS. mengan to mix, and E. mingle. See Mingle.]

  3. Mongreladjective

    of mixed kinds; as, mongrel language

    Etymology: [Prob. shortened fr. mongrel, and akin to AS. mengan to mix, and E. mingle. See Mingle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mongrel

    mung′grel, adj. of a mixed breed, impure.—n. an animal, esp. a dog, of a mixed breed.—v.t. Mong′relise.—n. Mong′relism. [A double dim. from A.S. mang, mixture.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mongrel in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mongrel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mongrel in a Sentence

  1. Ken Burns:

    We're in an age when everybody wants to suggest that we should separate and go back to some pure, singular American thing, it never existed. We've always been a mutt. We've always been a mongrel. And if you try to say that country music is identified more with that, you're already in trouble because it's just not true.

  2. John Steinbeck:

    A book is like a man -- clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.

  3. Earl of Kent, _The_Tragedy_of_King_Lear_:

    A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.

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