maul

noun
\ 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

maul

verb
mauled; mauling; mauls

Definition of maul (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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 Milton worked the ball into the offensive zone pretty steadily and scored on mauls near the goal line. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, "A perfect finish for Milton boys’ rugby: back-to-back D2 champs," 22 June 2019 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 The damage from the same storm that mauled the Bahamas was mercifully light in many parts of South Carolina and Georgia as well, and by midafternoon many of the 1.5 million people who had been told to evacuate in three states were allowed to return. Meg Kinnard, chicagotribune.com, "Hurricane Dorian sideswipes the coast of the Carolinas, spinning off tornadoes and taking aim at Outer Banks," 5 Sep. 2019 The damage from the same storm that mauled the Bahamas was mercifully light in many parts of South Carolina and Georgia as well, and by midafternoon many of the 1.5 million people who had been told to evacuate in three states were allowed to return. Meg Kinnard, Twin Cities, "Hurricane Dorian rakes Carolinas as it moves up the coast," 4 Sep. 2019 Then, in May 2016, a homeless veteran, Antoinette Brown, was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in South Dallas. Alicia Parlapiano, New York Times, "Why Euthanasia Rates at Animal Shelters Have Plummeted," 3 Sep. 2019 But here Roberts is, directing another sports team that mauls its opponents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: For Dodgers’ Dave Roberts, power dominance parallels days as San Diego prep QB," 26 Aug. 2019 The people who get mauled are the people who run, and climb trees, and yell at them. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Grizzly bears saved this veteran's life. Now, he's returning the favor," 14 May 2019 They were mauled the Vikings run game and didn’t score any points until garbage time. oregonlive, "Atlanta Falcons outlast the Philadelphia Eagles: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Notice the relentlessness of Roy Robertson-Harris, who was literally tackled (and illegally held) by Packers guard Lane Taylor yet still got up to maul Aaron Rodgers for a 10-yard sack. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "What’s the formula for a Bears rebound against the Broncos in Week 2 — and for the rest of the season?," 10 Sep. 2019 Officials in Cape Cod are working to find out the person behind the lifelike fake legs that keep popping up at a memorial for a bodyboarder who died there in September after being mauled by a great white shark. Fox News, "Fake bloody legs appear at memorial for Cape Cod shark-attack victim," 22 July 2019

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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 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

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 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

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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