mule

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See also: Mule, mulé, mûle, m̧uļe, and mulę

English[edit]

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a mule

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English [Term?] (reinforced by Anglo-Norman mul (masculine), mule (feminine)), from Old English mūl, all from Latin mūlus, from Proto-Indo-European *mukslós (compare Late Latin muscellus (young he-mule), Old East Slavic мъшкъ (mŭškŭ, mule), Ancient Greek (Phocian) μυχλός (mukhlós, he-ass)).

Noun[edit]

mule (plural mules)

  1. The generally sterile male or female hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
    • 2017, Robert S. McPherson, Cowboying In Canyon Country, Dog Ear Publishing, →ISBN, page 200:
      One day he ran into a herd of a half dozen elk, so he rode his mule down the canyon three or four miles, leaving the sheep alone.
  2. The generally sterile hybrid offspring of any two species of animals.
    • 1922, Onnie Warren Smith, The Book of the Pike, page 187:
      It would be exceedingly interesting to know if the hybrid would reproduce, a matter I deem exceedingly doubtful, for the chances are it would prove a "mule" (infertile).
  3. (dated) A hybrid plant.
    • 1837, William Herbert, Amaryllidaceæ: Preceded by an Attempt to Arrange the Monocotyledonous Orders, and Followed by a Treatise on Cross-bred Vegetables, and Supplement, page 353:
      The most extraordinary mule, however, that is asserted to have been produced on the Continent, is a cross between the cabbage and horse-radish, which Monsieur Sageret reports that he has obtained []
  4. (informal) A stubborn person.
    • 2005, Dorothea Benton Frank, Isle of Palms, Penguin, →ISBN:
      "Where in the hell do you think I learned to be such a mule?”
  5. (slang) A person paid to smuggle drugs.
    • 2007, Thomas G. Blacklock, Safe Zone: A Novel Approach to the Drug War, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN, page 44:
      “Yeah, in Denver, we know about Uriarte's involvement in meth. Our Las Cruces office seized over six hundred pounds of methamphetamine from two of his mules last year.”
  6. (numismatics) A coin or medal minted with obverse and reverse designs not normally seen on the same piece, either intentionally or in error.
    • 1988, Andrew Burnett, The Normanby hoard and other Roman coin hoards, British Museum Publications:
      What is less clear, however, is why mint workers should have chosen to produce mules, if they were making forgeries []
  7. (role-playing games) A MMORPG character, or NPC companion in a tabletop RPG, used mainly to store extra inventory for the owner's primary character.
    • 2007, David L. McClard, Verotopia Online: The MMORPG of the Century[1], Xlibris, →ISBN, page 89:
      He was in the middle of organizing his massive stash of rare and exquisite bounty, all kept safely in the inventory cache of a mule, an entirely separate character which he paid a monthly fee to maintain exclusively for that purpose.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:mule.
  8. Any of a group of cocktails involving ginger ale or ginger beer, citrus juice, and various liquors.
  9. (sailing) A kind of triangular sail for a yacht.
    • 1974, Yachting, volume 135, page 60:
      In heavier seas where a boat must sail a course dictated by waves, or where wave action makes power more important than pointing, the mule will prove the faster sail.
  10. A kind of cotton-spinning machine.
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mule (third-person singular simple present mules, present participle muling, simple past and past participle muled)

  1. (transitive, slang) To smuggle (illegal drugs).
    • 2000, Arturo Longoria, Keepers of the Wilderness:
      There are many drug lords, each with his own corridor (think of it as a franchise of sorts) funneling narcotics into Texas. There are multifold methods of transport. The old, and still viable, way is to "mule" it across the Rio Grande in a small boat.
    • 2004, William Glenn, The Sailor's Death:
      Thornton was supposed to mule it back to the States from one of the ports he stopped in, give it to Maxwell and Ames, and get the second half of a quarter-million.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French mule (slipper), from Latin mulleus calceus (red shoe), from mullus (red).

Noun[edit]

mule (plural mules)

  1. A shoe that has no fitting or strap around the heel, but which covers the foot.
    • 1944, Emily Carr, “First Tenant”, in The House of All Sorts[2]:
      The bride was a shocking housekeeper and dragged round all day in boudoir cap, frowsy negligee and mules—slip, slop, slip, slop.
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Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /muːlə/, [ˈmuːlə]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse múli, from Proto-Germanic *mūlô.

Noun[edit]

mule c (singular definite mulen, plural indefinite muler)

  1. muzzle
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Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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mule (imperative mul, infinitive at mule, present tense muler, past tense mulede, perfect tense har mulet)

  1. pommel, pummel, pound, lick
  2. sulk
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mule f (plural mules)

  1. mule (animal)
  2. mule (footwear)

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mule f

  1. plural of mula

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

mūle

  1. vocative singular of mūlus

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Lower Sorbian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmulɛ/, [ˈmulə]

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mule

  1. nominative/accusative plural of mul
  2. inflection of mula:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative plural

Old Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse múli, from Proto-Germanic *mūlô.

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mūle m

  1. muzzle

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  • Swedish: mule

Polish[edit]

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mule

  1. locative/vocative singular of muł

Noun[edit]

mule

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative plural of mul

Noun[edit]

mule

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative plural of mula

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mule

  1. inflection of muli:
    1. neuter nominative/accusative/vocative singular
    2. nonvirile nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Further reading[edit]

  • mule in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

mule

  1. dative singular of mul