gang·​rel ˈgaŋ-(ə-)rəl How to pronounce gangrel (audio)
plural gangrels
: vagrant
Wholly a gangrel, he neither worked nor wanted …D. C. Thomson

Word History


Middle English (north) & early Scots gangrel, gangerall, probably from gang gang entry 3 + -rel, noun suffix with diminutive or pejorative force (borrowed from Old French -erel, expansion of -el, diminutive suffix, going back to Latin -ellus)

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gangrel was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near gangrel

Cite this Entry

“Gangrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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