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

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

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

Earlier this month, a 17-year-old surfer was mauled by a shark while swimming off Atlantic Beach. Chris Hopkins | Chopkins@pennlive.com, nola.com, "See how close a shark got to unaware Myrtle Beach swimmers," 19 June 2019 Both her hands were mauled trying to pry open the shark's jaws. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "Shark attack survivor shares her story: "I can transform this into something good"," 14 June 2019 A week before 9-year-old Emma Hernandez was mauled to death by three pit bulls in Detroit, her father got into an argument with the dogs’ owner about them roaming free in the neighborhood, family members told CNN affiliate WDIV. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Father of 9-year-old girl mauled to death by 3 pit bulls argued with dogs’ owner about fencing last week," 21 Aug. 2019 The father of a 9-year-old Detroit girl who was mauled to death by three pit bulls Monday had recently argued with the dogs' owners about properly fencing them in, family said. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Dad of 9-year-old Detroit girl mauled to death by pit bulls had argued with owner, family says," 21 Aug. 2019 Mario Moore died after he was attacked by a pack of wild dogs on July 18 A Tennessee man was mauled to death by a pack of dogs last week amid claims that the animals have attacked other residents in the area. Kc Baker, PEOPLE.com, "'I Knew That Those Animals Were Going to Kill Someone': Tenn. Man Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs," 25 July 2019 Police suspect the victim, who later died, was mauled by dogs. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bad breakup may have fueled shooting that left new parents critically injured, gunman dead," 18 June 2019 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 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

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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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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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