noun \ˈml\

Definition of MAUL

:  a heavy often wooden-headed hammer used especially for driving wedges; also :  a tool like a sledgehammer with one wedge-shaped end that is used to split wood

Origin of MAUL

Middle English malle mace, maul, from Anglo-French mail, from Latin malleus; akin to Old Church Slavic mlatŭ hammer, Latin molere to grind — more at meal
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang



: to attack and injure (someone) in a way that cuts or tears skin : to attack (someone) and cause a bloody injury

: to touch or handle (someone) in a rough sexual way

Full Definition of MAUL

transitive verb
:  beat, bruise
:  mangle 1
:  to handle roughly
maul·er noun

Examples of MAUL

  1. A bear killed one hiker and badly mauled the other.
  2. <demonstrators who claimed that they had been mauled by the police>

First Known Use of MAUL

13th century


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