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mongrel

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noun mon·grel \ˈmäŋ-grəl, ˈməŋ-\

Simple Definition of mongrel

  • : a dog with parents of different breeds

Full Definition of mongrel

  1. 1 :  an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains; especially :  one of unknown ancestry

  2. 2 :  a cross between types of persons or things

mongrel adjective
mon·grel·i·za·tion play \ˌmäŋ-grə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌməŋ-\ noun
mon·grel·ize play \ˈmäŋ-grə-ˌlīz, ˈməŋ-\ transitive verb

Examples of mongrel

  1. She owns several dogs, including a mongrel named Stella.

  2. <mongrels often suffer fewer health problems than purebreds>



Origin of mongrel

Middle English, probably from mong mixture, short for ymong, from Old English gemong crowd — more at among


First Known Use: 15th century

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