Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trough or an open box in which feed for livestock is placed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A trough for animals to eat from.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trough or open box in which fodder is placed for horses or cattle to eat.
  • n. The fore part of the deck, having a bulkhead athwart ships high enough to prevent water which enters the hawse holes from running over it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trough or box in which is laid for horses or cattle such food as oats, bran, roots, or the like (hay being generally placed in a rack above the manger); the receptacle from which horses or cattle eat in a stable or cowhouse.
  • n. Nautical, a small space at the forward end of the deck, divided off by a combing (called the manger-board), just back of the hawse-holes, to prevent the entrance of water through the latter when the after part of the deck is flooded.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a container (usually in a barn or stable) from which cattle or horses feed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French mangeoire, from mangier, to eat, from Latin mandūcāre, from mandūcō, glutton, from mandere, to chew.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French mangoire, menjoere, from mangier ("to eat") (modern French manger). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The maxim, "_Il faut manger pour vivre, et non pas vivre pour manger_," was reversed.

    The Old Roman World, : the Grandeur and Failure of Its Civilization.

  • The jesus in the manger is a dirty old baby doll with a rubbery face and an open mouth that shouts out "FEED ME."

    December 2002

  • Replacing the word "manger" with "feeding trough", its equivalent, gives the account an even more heartrending effect; "manger" is poetic, while

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  • Passpack: online password manger with secure sharing (WebWorkerDaily)

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  • The manger is a roasting pan, with a green dinosaur inside.

    The New Yorker Stories

  • One "star" that might have appeared first in the east and then stopped above the manger is a comet, says British researcher Colin Humphreys in a recent paper in the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

    The Christmas Star--Or Was It Planets?

  • In England these days, Three Wise Men become Three Wise Women, and on occasion, Baby Jesus in the manger is a girl.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • The names, as usual, are often misleading, as in blanc manger, which is very different from our blanc-mange; and the receipt for “goose in a hog pot” leaves one in doubt as to its adaptability to the modern palate.

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine

  • But this time, my agent calls my manger, explains the situation, and my manager gets on the phone to the casting director, does his thing, and I have an audition three days later, because the casting director decided to trust my manager and take a chance on me.

    WIL WHEATON dot NET: 1.5: January 2002 Archives

  • The devil [107] is to him a terrible reality, the Christchild in the manger is the creator [108] of the world, and the problem of the Trinity is dismissed without consideration.

    Paul Gerhardt as a Hymn Writer and his Influence on English Hymnody

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  • Boldly enter the kitchen where the family sat at the manger. Cold Comfort Farm.

    February 21, 2013

  • "It's along midnight. I'm not wanted for any duties, so I must find a place to kip. Eyes now accustomed to the gloom I see ahead of our trench a group of farm outbuildings. With blankets and kit I lumber across to them. Inside I find a manger. The roof is intact save a few slates that rattle when the guns go. A manger? Well, if it was good enough for him."
    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall.'

    April 19, 2009

  • To eat, in France.

    January 9, 2008