mon·​ger | \ ˈməŋ-gər How to pronounce monger (audio) , ˈmäŋ- How to pronounce monger (audio) \

Definition of monger

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


mongered; mongering\ ˈməŋ-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce mongering (audio) , ˈmäŋ-​ \

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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The perception of the famously peaceful Gandhi as war monger inspired countless jokes and memes. Jason Schreier,, "Creator of ‘Civilization’ Looks Back at One of the Longest Careers in the Industry," 8 Sep. 2020 The boy was a nimble navigator, a skilled linguist and monger of gossip. Jon T. Coleman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Curious Cases of Getting Lost in the Wilderness," 12 Aug. 2020 In Hillary Clinton’s America, Harvey Weinstein is a popular power-monger, an Oscar-winning Hollywood legend (Diane loves his movies!) whose record of Democratic Party support is makes him a D.C. bigwig, too. Darren Franich,, "The Good Fight season 4 is loopy, paranoid, all over the place, and gripping: Review," 9 Apr. 2020 Like when conspiracy-monger Jerome Corsi, a freaking Harvard PhD in political science, directly misinterprets the scope of the First Amendment, other subjects explain his error to us but nobody puts Corsi on the spot. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News': TV Review," 19 Mar. 2020 Much of that food is imported or packaged by the private companies once derided by Mr. Maduro as coup-mongers and parasites. New York Times, "Venezuela’s Capital Is Booming. Is This the End of the Revolution?," 18 Feb. 2020 Alex Jones, the conspiracy monger who operates the Infowars website, devoted much of his Nov. 22 broadcast to smears against Hill. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "In aftermath of Ukraine crisis, a climate of mistrust and threats," 25 Dec. 2019 But that's by the by for these rumour mongers, of course., "Christian Eriksen Addresses Twitter Rumours of Jan Vertonghen Affair With His Wife," 2 Oct. 2019 But Miike, the most egalitarian of splatter-mongers, finds room for all of them and more. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A boxer takes on the mob in Takashi Miike’s joyous thriller-romance ‘First Love’," 26 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The conspiracy mongering that his tomb is empty is all part of the conspiracy mongering going on on Reddit and 4chan. Chancellor Agard,, "The Good Fight bosses break down the Jeffrey Epstein-focused season 4 finale," 28 May 2020 Timothée Chalamet plays the English prince as a beautiful melancholy youth, whose withdrawal from court is prompted more by his political alienation from his war-mongering father, Henry IV (a louche Ben Mendelsohn), than pure hedonism. The Economist, "Lenity and cruelty “The King” is a timely examination of the corrupting influence of power," 4 Nov. 2019 The exchange between Pompeo and Yang came in reaction to a series of conspiracy-mongering tweets posted last week by Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson. Jane Li, Quartz, "The US and China are in an increasingly nasty war of words over the coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 George Clooney's 2005 film about broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow's efforts to bring down fear-mongering U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy amid the heightened paranoia of the early 1950s, Good Night, and Good Luck, is coming to the stage. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "George Clooney's 'Good Night, and Good Luck' to Get Stage Treatment," 4 Mar. 2020 National cable networks will devote hours to rumor mongering before the deadline and dissecting what actually happened afterward. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Trade deadline finds Spurs at a crossroads," 5 Feb. 2020 Fear-mongering impacted Asian business districts like Toronto’s three Chinatowns during the SARS outbreak, but current trolls are just getting started. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Hedge funds led by women and people of color outperform those run by white men," 29 Jan. 2020 Her fear-mongering papers over an ignorance that would lead her to adopt a policy with a dangerous economic impact and absolutely no environmental benefit. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "The Warren Fracking Ban: On Public Lands, and Heck, Everywhere Else," 28 Jan. 2020 While voice call facilities are still in place, mobile internet was snapped again on August 18 due to concerns over rumor-mongering on social media. Mukhtar Ahmad, Helen Regan And Manveena Suri, CNN, "Kashmir residents billed during two-month, government-imposed cellphone blackout," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of monger


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


circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monger


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

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“Monger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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