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Syllabification: maul
Pronunciation: /môl

Definition of maul in English:


[with object]
1(Of an animal) wound (a person or animal) by scratching and tearing: the herdsmen were mauled by lions
More example sentences
  • At Babylon there is a famous basalt statue of a man being mauled by a lion.
  • A mother whose two dogs mauled a young girl today pleaded for them not to be destroyed and claimed: ‘My dogs are not dangerous.’
  • The patient was mauled by a pet Labrador in June, leaving her with severe facial injuries that her doctors said made it difficult for her to speak and eat.
savage, attack, tear to pieces, lacerate, claw, scratch
1.1Treat (someone or something) roughly.
Example sentences
  • This was not the first time Darwin had been severely damaged by a cyclone: it was badly mauled in both January 1897 and March 1937.
  • ‘We all had it,’ she says, sitting on a rug in front of her mud hut while her granddaughter mauls a stalk of sugarcane.
  • More riots are expected as a 30% transport and bread price increase mauls family budgets.
molest, feel, fondle, manhandle
informal grope, paw


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A tool with a heavy head and a handle, used for tasks such as ramming, crushing, and driving wedges; a beetle.


Middle English (in the sense 'hammer or wooden club', also 'strike with a heavy weapon'): from Old French mail, from Latin malleus 'hammer'.



Example sentences
  • I'm presuming we're talking about an otherwise non-violent non-aggressive medium-to-small dog, not a mauler.
  • The team doesn't pound the ball between the tackles as much as other teams, so his value as a big mauler will be realized more on a team that features a power running game.
  • He is a mauler and is one of the strongest players on the team.

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