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monger

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noun mon·ger \ˈməŋ-gər, ˈmäŋ-\

Definition of monger

  1. 1 :  broker, dealer —usually used in combination alemonger

  2. 2 :  a person who attempts to stir up or spread something that is usually petty or discreditable —usually used in combination warmonger

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of monger

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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monger

verb mon·ger

Definition of monger

mongered

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mongering

play \-g(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  peddle

Circa 1864

First Known Use of monger

circa 1864



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