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
Simple Definition of maul
: 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
Examples of maul
A bear killed one hiker and badly mauled the other.
<demonstrators who claimed that they had been mauled by the police>
First Known Use of maul
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