\ ˈmȯl How to pronounce maul (audio) \

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


mauled; mauling; mauls

Definition of maul (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

3 : to handle roughly

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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 Years of experience lends one the ability to look at a chunk of wood and figure out where the knots are and where to strike and split with the splitting maul. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether gathering, splitting or whittling it, wood is good for the soul," 5 Apr. 2020 Paylor, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound sophomore lock, was dragged down by the neck by an opponent, who held Paylor’s neck in the crook of his arm as the maul (a cluster of players) collapsed. Scott Ostler,, "He will walk: Paralyzed Cal rugby player’s road to recovery and graduation," 12 Apr. 2020 This time the ball was adjudged to have been passed forward in the maul -- a controversial decision which left English supporters in the crowd shaking their heads. Matias Grez, CNN, "England stuns New Zealand to book its place in the Rugby World Cup final," 26 Oct. 2019 Trailing 12-0 after eight minutes, the Welsh were also 19-10 behind and being dominated by France when Vahaamahina elbowed Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright in the face in a maul and was shown a red card in the 49th minute. Steve Douglas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wales rallies to beat 14-man France, reaches World Cup semis," 20 Oct. 2019 Uruguay flanker Santiago Civetta’s yellow card for a professional foul opened the way for a Wales penalty try from a rolling maul, and 21-6. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wales keen to forget Uruguay result and mull quarterfinal," 13 Oct. 2019 Fidow collapsed a maul to earn a first yellow card. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland wins 34-0 with 2 pen tries, Samoa’s Fidow sent off," 30 Sep. 2019 New Zealand followed up a perfect lineout with a perfect maul, then an inch-perfect cross-field and a perfect ruck to allow Matt Todd to score. Matias Grez, CNN, "All Blacks reach Rugby World Cup semifinals with seven-try demolition of Ireland," 19 Oct. 2019 What possessed him to swing his right elbow flush into the face of Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright at a 49th-minute maul is anyone’s guess. Steve Douglas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Moment of madness: Senseless red card ruins French RWC hopes," 20 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jon Gruden has constructed an impressive offense that can strike deep, QB Derek Carr now armed with an array of downfield options, and/or simply maul opponents with jackhammer RB Josh Jacobs. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL 2020 midseason grades for all 32 teams: Who's aced the early slate?," 11 Nov. 2020 Teams with simple schemes and strong veteran cores have generally fared better, but only when the coronavirus doesn’t maul their depth charts. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Cover Your Eyes! This College Football Season Is Ugly," 5 Oct. 2020 Mark Matheny might not have survived had not his hunting partner emptied the contents of a pepper-spray canister into the face of the bear that was mauling him. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "What Should You Do If a Grizzly Bear Attacks?," 27 May 2020 Hooper, 25, is a solid but not stunning in-line blocker, who is better suited to chipping defenders than mauling them. Jim Mcbride,, "Patriots’ quest for a tight end could go any number of ways," 18 Jan. 2020 The Tigers have been mauling opponents for the last two months, but the ACC has not provided Clemson any top-flight competition. Ralph D. Russo, Houston Chronicle, "Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson," 8 Dec. 2019 The lone win came in Houston in 2018, when the Tigers mauled him with four home runs in a 6-3 victory. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Justin Verlander historic favorite vs. Detroit Tigers tonight," 21 Aug. 2019 The late Greek writer Oppian’s five-book poem on fishing ends with a sponge-diver mauled to death by creatures of the deep, his colleagues grieving over his remains. Gregory Hays, The New York Review of Books, "Horace’s How-To," 27 May 2020 An Illinois woman was likely viciously mauled to death inside her home by her own pet French Bulldog, according to authorities. Fox News, "Illinois woman mauled to death by her French Bulldog: police," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of maul


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maul

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of maul was in the 13th century

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“Maul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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


\ ˈmȯl How to pronounce maul (audio) \

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


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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