1

mule

noun \ ˈmyül \

Definition of mule

1 a : a hybrid between a horse and a donkey; especially : the offspring of a male donkey and a mare
b : a self-sterile plant whether hybrid or not
c : a usually sterile hybrid
2 : a very stubborn person
3 : a machine for simultaneously drawing and twisting fiber into yarn or thread and winding it into cops
4 slang : a person who smuggles or delivers illicit substances (such as drugs)

Origin and Etymology of mule

Middle English, from Anglo-French mul, from Latin mulus

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


2

mule

noun

Definition of mule

: a shoe or slipper without quarter or heel strap — compare scuff

Origin and Etymology of mule

Middle French, a kind of slipper, from Latin mulleus shoe worn by magistrates



MULE Defined for Kids

mule

noun \ ˈmyül \

Definition of mule for Students

1 : an animal that is an offspring of a donkey and a horse
2 : a stubborn person

Medical Dictionary

mule

noun \ ˈmyü(ə)l \

medical Definition of mule

: a hybrid between a horse and a donkey; especially : the offspring of a male donkey and a mare


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mule? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!