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

  • n. A dealer in a specific commodity. Often used in combination: an ironmonger.
  • n. A person promoting something undesirable or discreditable. Often used in combination: a scandalmonger; a warmonger.
  • transitive v. To peddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dealer in a specific commodity, normally used in combination
  • n. A person promoting something undesirable, always used in combination
  • v. To sell or peddle something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trader; a dealer; -- now used chiefly in composition.
  • n. A small merchant vessel.
  • transitive v. To deal in; to make merchandise of; to traffic in; -- used chiefly of discreditable traffic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To traffic in; deal in; make merchandise of: chiefly used in composition with its object, and often implying a petty and discreditable traffic.
  • n. A trader; a dealer: now used only or chiefly in composition: as, fishmonger, ironmonger. It is often used allusively, implying a petty or discreditable traffic or activity, as in scandal-monger, mutton-monger, whoremonger.
  • n. A small kind of trading-vessel.

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

  • v. sell or offer for sale from place to place
  • n. someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold


Middle English mongere, from Old English mangere, from Latin mangō, dealer in slaves, probably of Greek origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English mangere, from Proto-Germanic *mangojan, from Latin mango "dealer, trader". (Wiktionary)



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