maul

noun
\ˈmȯl \

Definition of maul 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

maul

verb
mauled; mauling; mauls

Definition of maul (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : beat, bruise

3 : to handle roughly

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Other Words from maul

Verb

mauler noun

Examples of maul in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Each time a beam was laid down, Ole laid down caulking and then drove in big metal spikes with a maul to hold the timbers together. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Sparta's Grapevine Log Cabins, a bed and breakfast comes with a side of a working dairy farm," 23 Feb. 2018 Police also found a sock that the killer may have used when holding the maul. USA TODAY, "For sale: New York home where unsolved ax murder took place," 29 Sep. 2017 The ax and a maul, used for splitting wood, were found in the home. USA TODAY, "For sale: New York home where unsolved ax murder took place," 29 Sep. 2017 Paylor’s injury occurred during a maul, according to the Mercury News, which is when a group of players crunches together to create forward momentum on the player with the ball, while their opponents bind similarly and push back. Marissa Payne, The Denver Post, "Cal-Berkeley rugby player paralyzed after accident in national championship game," 11 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That same year, a Los Angeles poodle was fatally mauled while with a Rover boarder. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 The hiker, Michael Soltis, had been missing for two days before being found dead close to where the unidentified searcher was mauled. CBS News, "Bear that killed hiker likely mauled volunteer looking for him, Alaska police say," 21 June 2018 The changes come after a Delta passenger was mauled by an emotional support dog on a flight last year. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta limits emotional support animals, prohibits pit bulls as service or support animals," 20 June 2018 Writer-producer George Lucas is rumored to have tailored specific scenes -- like one where Skywalker gets mauled by a Wampa -- to account for Hamill's change in appearance. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Tom Cruise teases 'Top Gun' sequel," 31 May 2018 In 2011, Charla Nash, 62, underwent a full face transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after she was mauled by a friend’s pet chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn., in 2009. Tanguy Garrel-jaffrelot, New York Times, "Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants," 19 Apr. 2018 An Oklahoma woman has died after being mauled by a pack of dachshunds that allegedly belong to a neighbor. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "8-month-old baby girl dies after she was attacked by pet dog in Florida," 30 May 2018 From the man who got mauled taking a selfie with a bear to the many people who have fallen off cliffs mid-gram, Instagramming is well on its way to surpassing base-jumping as the world’s most dangerous sport. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Influencer Gets Bit by Shark for Sick Instagram and It’s Totally Worth It," 11 July 2018 Anchorage police officers were called to the scene of the mauling around 10:30 a.m., according to police spokesman MJ Thim. Anchorage Daily News, "Man killed, member of search party injured in Eagle River bear attacks," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of maul

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maul

Noun

Middle English malle mace, maul, from Anglo-French mail, from Latin malleus; akin to Old Church Slavonic mlatŭ hammer, Latin molere to grind — more at meal

Verb

see maul entry 1

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maul

verb

English Language Learners 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

maul

noun
\ˈmȯl \

Kids Definition of maul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy hammer used especially for driving wedges or posts

2 : a sledgehammer with one wedge-shaped end that is used to split wood

maul

verb
mauled; mauling

Kids Definition of maul (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to attack and injure by biting, cutting, or tearing flesh Not wishing to be mauled by the dogs … Curly had remained outside the gate …— Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

2 : to handle roughly

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