mongrel

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Etymology 1[edit]

Late 15th century, from obsolete mong (mixture) +‎ -rel ((pejorative)); from Old English gemong (mingling) (whence Modern English among), from Proto-Germanic *mang- (mix).[1]

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mongrel (plural mongrels)

  1. Someone or something of mixed kind or uncertain origin; especially, a dog that is such.
    That dog is a mongrel, who knows what breed it could be!

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Etymology 2[edit]

mongrel (plural mongrels)

(slang, Australia) A thuggish or obnoxious person.

References[edit]

  1. ^ mongrel” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).