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: broker, dealer
usually used in combination
: a person who attempts to stir up or spread something that is usually petty or discreditable
usually used in combination


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mongered; mongering ˈməŋ-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce monger (audio)

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Peddlers (especially fish merchants) have been called mongers for more than 1000 years. The term traces to a Latin noun meaning "trader." Initially, it was an honorable term, but every profession has its bad apples, and the snake-oil salesmen of the bunch gave monger a bad reputation. By the middle of the 16th century, the term often implied that a merchant was dishonorable and contemptible. Nowadays, monger is typically appended to another word to identify a trader of a particular type. Some combinations (such as fishmonger) suggest respectable commerce, whereas others (such as rumormonger, scandalmonger, and hypemonger) imply that a person is trading or spreading information in a careless or deceptive manner.

Examples of monger in a Sentence

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Gossip mongers ate up the near-naked photos of the lead actors on set, the co-stars’ flirty interviews and online banter, and their exchanges of intimate looks during promotional appearances. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2024 Recently, the dwindling revenues forced her to get a second job, also in fish, as a salesperson at another monger’s shop. Josh Lederman, NBC News, 1 Jan. 2024
The Biden campaign has nothing to run on except fear mongering, but on Day 1, President Trump will undo the damage caused by the failing Biden-Harris administration. Stephanie Murray, The Arizona Republic, 24 June 2024 Dangers of fear mongering Critics and advocates say the fear mongering underway is vastly disproportionate to the reality of crime in New York City — and that the more migrants are demonized, the more likely violent encounters like the one with Sliwa get more frequent. Josephine Stratman, New York Daily News, 10 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for monger 

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Word History



Middle English mongere, from Old English mangere, from Latin mangon-, mango, of Greek origin; akin to Greek manganon charm, philter

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of monger was before the 12th century


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“Monger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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