from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An animal or a plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
- n. A cross between different breeds, groups, or varieties, especially a mixture that is or appears to be incongruous.
- adj. Of mixed origin or character.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone or something of mixed kind or uncertain origin; especially, a dog that is such.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The progeny resulting from a cross between two breeds, as of domestic animals; anything of mixed breed.
- adj. Not of a pure breed.
- adj. Of mixed kinds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An individual or a breed of animals resulting from repeated crossing or mixture of several different varieties; the progeny of varieties, and especially of artificial varieties, as distinguished from the hybrid, or cross between two different species (but the distinction is not always observed).
- n. Specifically, a dog of mixed breed.
- n. Anything of mixed breed; anything that is a mixture of incongruous elements.
- Of a mixed or impure breed; begotten or made up of different kinds: usually in a disreputable sense.
- To make mongrel; mongrelize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
- n. derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin
Bull-terriers, retrievers, nondescripts — the dog-lover abhors the term mongrel — sheep dogs and cattle dogs, pointers, and, most beloved of all, Irish terriers.
Although mong, from the Old English gemong, meaning “mixture,” is still with us in the form of among, the word mongrel has gained an ugly, snarling connotation; for years mongrelization was a term used by racists.
There was what we call mongrel forest, tall trees and thick brush underneath.
The word mongrel, by definition, is not an offensive term.
I am English, Irish, Portugese, Swedish, Duthch in other words a mongrel of sorts.
Anyone who wants to test this theory is most welcome to come over my place, jump the back fence and seize the little MF in the garden 2 doors up that belongs to some feral fracking hippy whose kid calls the mongrel bird ‘Harriet’.
But even here the thoroughbred is often more highly prized than the mongrel, which is as tactful an outlet for racialism as any.
Genealogically he was classified as a mongrel cur, but genealogy, like the thermometer, does not always register correctly.
But she was content with his answer and his rough kiss, and when he had gone out into the gray morning, calling his mongrel setter from its kennel, she went back up the stairs and threw herself on her icy bed.
A fierce competitor, with that hard-to-find dose of ingrained toughness often referred to as mongrel, Bird adds a new dimension of physical intimidation.