Definition of manger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmānjər/


A long open box or trough for horses or cattle to eat from.
Example sentences
  • Wet feed remaining at the ends of mangers also provide a place for flies to lay eggs.
  • The roof skin is put on here, the feed mangers are added, and all of the internal components, such as the rear tack room, are added.
  • The sheep, cattle and donkeys were all stabled, their mangers stocked with enough hay to last through the Sabbath.
trough, feeding trough, feeder, crib


Middle English: from Old French mangeure, based on Latin manducat- 'chewed' (see manducate).

  • In Christianity the manger is a symbol for the birth of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Luke: ‘And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.’ This word for an animal's feeding trough goes back through Old French manger ‘to eat’ (seen also in mangetout peas (early 19th century) and blancmange) to Latin manducare ‘to chew’. The name of the skin disease mange (Late Middle English) has a very similar origin. The parasites that cause it give rise to intense itching, and another meaning of manger was ‘to itch from bites’. Mangy had become an insult by the mid 16th century. See also dog.

Words that rhyme with manger

arranger, changer, danger, endanger, exchanger, Grainger, hydrangea, ranger, stranger

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Syllabification: man·ger

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