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mon·grel

 (mŏng′grəl, mŭng′-)
n.
1. An animal or plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
2. Offensive A person of mixed background or descent.
3. Something that is a mixture or combination of elements: "Purists ... object that bordeaux is a mongrel because it mixes two, three or four grape varieties" (Hugh Johnson).
adj.
1. Of mixed origin or character: "English has always been a mongrel tongue, a hybrid of arriving idioms" (Mark Abley).
2. Offensive Being a person of mixed background or descent.
3. Being a mongrel organism.

[Middle English, probably from mong, mixture, from Old English gemang; see mag- in Indo-European roots.]

mon·grel′ism n.
mon′grel·ly adv.

mongrel

(ˈmʌŋɡrəl)
n
1. (Breeds) a plant or animal, esp a dog, of mixed or unknown breeding; a crossbreed or hybrid
2. (Peoples) taboo a person of mixed race
3. (General Sporting Terms) sport Austral and NZ toughness and physical aggression: a tall southpaw with plenty of mongrel.
adj
of mixed origin, breeding, character, etc
[C15: from obsolete mong mixture; compare Old English gemong a mingling]
ˈmongrelism n
ˈmongrelly adj

mon•grel

(ˈmʌŋ grəl, ˈmɒŋ-)

n.
1. a dog of mixed or indeterminate breed.
2. an animal or plant resulting from an uncontrolled or accidental crossing of breeds or varieties.
3. any cross between different types of persons or things.
adj.
4. being a mongrel.
[1425–75; probably Middle English mong(e) mixture + –rel -rel]
mon′grel•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mongrel - derogatory term for a variation that is not genuinemongrel - 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"
variation - an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard; "he patented a variation on the sandal"
2.mongrel - an inferior dog or one of mixed breedmongrel - an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog - a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; "the dog barked all night"
feist, fice - a nervous belligerent little mongrel dog
pariah dog, pie-dog, pye-dog - ownerless half-wild mongrel dog common around Asian villages especially India

mongrel

noun
1. hybrid, cross, half-breed, crossbreed, mixed breed, bigener (Biology) They were walking their pet mongrel on the outskirts of the town when it happened.
adjective
1. half-breed, hybrid, crossbred, of mixed breed He was determined to save his mongrel puppy.
Translations
الهَجينهَجِيـنٌ
kříženecvoříšek
blanding
piskirakkisekarotuinen koira
mješanac
kynblendingur, bastarîur
雑種の犬
잡종
mišrūnas
jauktenis
blandras
คนสัตว์หรือพืชที่เป็นพันธุ์ผสม
melezmelez köpek
chó lai

mongrel

[ˈmʌŋgrəl]
A. N (also mongrel dog) → perro m mestizo, perro m cruzado
B. ADJ [dog] → mestizo, cruzado

mongrel

[ˈmʌŋgrəl] n (= dog) → bâtard m
My dog's a mongrel → Mon chien est un bâtard.

mongrel

adj mongrel raceMischrasse f
n (= mongrel dog)Promenadenmischung f; (pej)Köter m; (pej: = person) → Mischling m

mongrel

[ˈmʌŋgrl] n (dog) → (cane m) bastardo

mongrel

(ˈmaŋgrəl) noun, adjective
(an animal, especially a dog) bred from different types.

mongrel

هَجِيـنٌ voříšek blanding Promenandenmischung ημίαιμος σκύλος chucho, perro mestizo sekarotuinen koira bâtard mješanac incrocio 雑種の犬 잡종 bastaard bastard mieszaniec rafeiro, vira-lata беспородная собака blandras คนสัตว์หรือพืชที่เป็นพันธุ์ผสม melez chó lai 杂种狗
References in classic literature ?
They are full of outlying Iroquois, and your mongrel Mohawk knows where to find them too well to be my companion.
You see, every country on earth has been overlaid so often, in the course of a billion years, with different kinds of people and different sorts of languages, that this sort of mongrel business was bound to be the result in heaven.
Any mongrel could smell those with a cold in the head.
The Indian children used them in hunting the small game of the neighborhood, such as rabbits and prairie dogs; in which mongrel kind of chase they acquitted themselves with some credit.
While the chiefs thus revelled in hall, and made the rafters resound with bursts of loyalty and old Scottish songs, chanted in voices cracked and sharpened by the northern blast, their merriment was echoed and prolonged by a mongrel legion of retainers, Canadian voyageurs, half-breeds, Indian hunters, and vagabond hangers-on who feasted sumptuously without on the crumbs that fell from their table, and made the welkin ring with old French ditties, mingled with Indian yelps and yellings.
A shaggy little damaged man, withal, not unlike an old dog of some mongrel breed, who has been considerably knocked about.
The elder advanced with a cringing smile, like a mongrel used to blows.
Once she had missed it and turned it away, any mongrel could take it," Ilagin was saying at the same time, breathless from his gallop and his excitement.
The volume was "Ivanhoe," and Jim was in the great archery scene at the tournament, but suffered much interruption from Ben, who had fetched his own old bow and arrows, and was making himself dreadfully disagreeable, Letty thought, by begging all present to observe his random shots, which no one wished to do except Brownie, the active-minded but probably shallow mongrel, while the grizzled Newfoundland lying in the sun looked on with the dull-eyed neutrality of extreme old age.
When they addressed the latter they used what appeared to be a third language, and which I later learned is a mongrel tongue rather analogous to the Pidgin-English of the Chinese coolie.
But she could not understand him, though he tried French, English, Arab, Waziri, and, as a last resort, the mongrel tongue of the West Coast.
Curse you and your vile hints, you mongrel, you hanger-on, you scurrilous beast