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

Mailata’s highlights, which are really something to see, looked like fifth-grade playground maul ball with all your friends and the one big kid who had been held back twice and was already shaving. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Eagles have a different NFL draft … and maybe a good one | Bob Ford," 30 Apr. 2018 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 Imagine centuries of watching them maul people who look like you. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Unanswered Questions," 27 Oct. 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 YESTERDAY’S WORD — MAUDLIN maid mail main maul mild mind alum alumni amid anil ulna unlaid damn dial dual duma laid lain land laud limn nail To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Kathleen Saxe, The Mercury News, "Word game: March 22, 2017," 22 Mar. 2017 The Caped Crusader's iconic love-hate interest was one of the best villains throughout the series, evidenced by her willingness to get the jungle cat to maul West's character. Aric Jenkins, Time, "Adam West's Top 5 Greatest Moments as Batman," 10 June 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

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 The new requirements are in response to an 84 percent increase in incidents since 2016, from urinating or defecating, to barking or growling, to mauling a passenger whose face needed 28 stitches. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Lottery results: Winning numbers drawn for Mega Millions, Lucky Lines, Pick 4," 23 Feb. 2018 And despite online accounts, wildlife officials found no evidence of a dead deer mauled by a tiger, and no tiger tracks. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fake news? Reports of a tiger roaming in East County are false, officials say," 2 July 2018 An autopsy performed by the State Medical Examiner Office determined he was mauled by a brown bear. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Trail has gone cold’: Bear traps no longer set in wake of Eagle River maulings," 2 July 2018 Bear traps have been reset and a popular trailhead closed in the South Fork Eagle River Valley after at least two more close-range encounters between people and brown bears near where a man was killed by a bear and another was mauled last month. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Trail closed, traps reset after new bear encounters in area of fatal Eagle River mauling," 11 July 2018 Aaron Gibbons, 31, was mauled to death Tuesday on Sentry Island, about six miles from Arviat, a hamlet of some 2,600 people on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Nunavut. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dad, mauled to death by polar bear, hailed as a hero by blocking path to his kids," 5 July 2018 Aaron Gibbons, 31, was mauled to death Tuesday on Sentry Island, about six miles from Arviat, a hamlet of some 2,600 people on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Nunavut. Doug Stanglin, ajc, "Man, mauled to death by polar bear, hailed as a hero by blocking path to his kids," 5 July 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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