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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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mongrel

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

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

[ˈmʌŋgrl] n (dog) → (cane m) bastardo
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mongrel

(ˈmaŋgrəl) noun, adjective
(an animal, especially a dog) bred from different types.
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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
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Katja and Max Schumann, with two junior equestriennes, gallop about the ring with horses trained to perform those few circus tricks that horses are up to (horses may not be bright, but you've got to give them A for effort), while the mongrelly looking dogs of Johnny Peers seem, even more than Anna May and Peggy, to enjoy like seasoned hams their moment in the spotlight as they jump through hoops, roll about in barrels and obey the "Kick Me" instructions on the seat of Johnny's pants.
The high point of the show, in terms of sheer effrontery, is a dog act in which a bunch of mongrelly looking canines roll barrels and jump onto cushions and perform other flagrantly ordinary tricks.