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 monger (audio) , ˈmäŋ-​ \

Definition of monger (Entry 2 of 2)

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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 Most importantly, shockingly, and excitingly of all, the final minutes of the season one finale also reveal the true identity of local gossip-monger Lady Whistledown. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "That Whirlwind 'Bridgerton' Ending, Explained," 30 Dec. 2020 The author spent a year learning the finer points of cheesemaking in America, visiting caves, restaurants and monger competitions. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Cheese to Player Two," 1 Dec. 2020 Also aboard is another novelist, a mystery-monger named Kelvin Kranz (Dan Algrant), who outsells Alice, many times over. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Meryl Streep on the High Seas in “Let Them All Talk”," 4 Dec. 2020 On Thursday night, conservative provocateurand conspiracy-monger Alex Jones led another boisterous rally outside Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in downtown Phoenix. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "As Arizona vote count continues, Rep. Paul Gosar, GOP Chair Kelli Ward take lead in sowing doubt," 6 Nov. 2020 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 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 19 Jan. 2021.

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