man·​ger | \ ˈmān-jər How to pronounce manger (audio) \

Definition of manger

: a trough (see trough sense 1a) or open box in a stable designed to hold feed or fodder for livestock We had our stage props now: a radiating tinfoil star and one of those mangers you see in Nativity scenes and nowhere else.— Richard Peck The first stall was a large square one, shut in behind with a wooden gate; … it had a low rack for hay and a low manger for corn …— Anna Sewell

First Known Use of manger

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manger

Middle English mangeour, manger, from Anglo-French mangure, from manger to eat, from Latin manducare to chew, devour, from manducus glutton, from mandere to chew — more at mandible

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“Manger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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: an open box in which food for farm animals is placed

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