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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 ?
Three were short-haired pointers, one was a Newfoundland, and the other two were mongrels of indeterminate breed.
The Newfoundland went first, followed by the three short-haired pointers, the two mongrels hanging more grittily on to life, but going in the end.
He hardly met the finest type of mankind in that seafaring village of Spanish mongrels. The men aboard-ship, he told me, seemed at first just as strange to him as the Beast Men seemed to me,--unnaturally long in the leg, flat in the face, prominent in the forehead, suspicious, dangerous, and cold-hearted.
There can be no doubt that a race may be modified by occasional crosses, if aided by the careful selection of those individual mongrels, which present any desired character; but that a race could be obtained nearly intermediate between two extremely different races or species, I can hardly believe.
The old French houses engaged in the Indian trade had gathered round them a train of dependents, mongrel Indians, and mongrel Frenchmen, who had intermarried with Indians.
In truth, there were thirty-five dogs, of every sort of breed and mostly mongrel, and that they were far from happy was attested by their actions.
Since mongrel dogs were cheap, it was cheaper to replace them when they died than so to care for them as to keep them from dying.
He accordingly assembled his people, and promulgated among them the mongrel doctrines and form of worship of the Nez Perces; recommending the same to their adoption.
A shaggy little damaged man, withal, not unlike an old dog of some mongrel breed, who has been considerably knocked about.
Holmes then threw the handkerchief to a distance, fastened a stout cord to the mongrel's collar, and let him to the foot of the water-barrel.
Top dogs in a pack are known to assert their dominance, but scientists from the University of Exeter (UK) and the Veterinary Service of the Local Health Unit Rome 3 (Italy) studied a group of free-roaming mongrels and found high levels of aggression in the middle of the dominance hierarchy.
When I was a boy, (I think I can remember) they called it hybrid vigour, the implication being that cross dogs or mongrels were healthier than their pedigree counterparts.