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 (mŭng′gər, mŏng′-)
1. A dealer in a specific commodity. Often used in combination: an ironmonger.
2. A person promoting something undesirable or discreditable. Often used in combination: a scandalmonger; a warmonger.
tr.v. mon·gered, mon·ger·ing, mon·gers
To peddle.

[Middle English mongere, from Old English mangere, from Latin mangō, dealer in slaves, probably of Greek origin.]


1. (Commerce) (in combination except in archaic use) a trader or dealer: ironmonger.
2. (in combination) a promoter of something unpleasant: warmonger.
[Old English mangere, ultimately from Latin mangō dealer; compare Old High German mangari]
ˈmongering n, adj


(ˈmʌŋ gər, ˈmɒŋ-)

1. a person who is involved with something in a petty or contemptible way (usu. used in combination): a gossipmonger.
2. Chiefly Brit. a dealer in or trader of a commodity (usu. used in combination): fishmonger.
3. to sell; hawk.
[before 1000; Middle English (n.); Old English mangere=mang(ian) to trade, act as a monger (« Latin mangō salesman) + -ere -er1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monger - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be soldmonger - someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
art dealer - a dealer in works of art requiring esthetic evaluation
barterer - a trader who exchanges goods and not money
bibliopole, bibliopolist - a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)
cheesemonger - someone who sells cheese
barrow-boy, barrow-man, costermonger - a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
cutler - a dealer in cutlery
draper - a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)
fence - a dealer in stolen property
fishmonger, fishwife - someone who sells fish
horse trader - a hard bargainer
hardwareman, ironmonger - someone who sells hardware; "in England they call a hardwareman an ironmonger"
mercer - a dealer in textiles (especially silks)
merchandiser, merchant - a businessperson engaged in retail trade
seedman, seedsman - a dealer in seeds
slopseller, slop-seller - a dealer in cheap ready-made clothing
stamp dealer - a dealer in stamps (whose customers are stamp collectors)
stock trader - someone who buys and sells stock shares
Verb1.monger - sell or offer for sale from place to placemonger - sell or offer for sale from place to place
sell, trade, deal - do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes"
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