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
Middle English, probably from mong, mixture, from Old English gemang; see mag- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 15th century, from obsolete mong ("mixture") + -rel (“(pejorative)”); from Old English gemong ("mingling") (whence Modern English among), from Proto-Germanic *mang- (“mix”). (Wiktionary)