Definition of mongrel in English:


Syllabification: mon·grel
Pronunciation: /ˈmäNGgrəl, ˈməNG-


  • 1A dog of no definable type or breed: [as modifier]: a lovable mongrel puppy
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    • The mongrel hounds rushed up a slope, into a stand of scrub.
    • He lies in the nest for tonight, taken from a stray mutt and her mongrel puppies.
    • Lily the mongrel puppy was one of the first pooches to go online to promote a stray dogs website in North Yorkshire.
    cross-bred, of mixed breed, half-breed, interbred, mixed
  • 1.1Any other animal resulting from the crossing of different breeds or types.
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    • He has done workshops with farmers in Cambodia and his findings support the general belief that many farmed animals are genetic mongrels.
    • Because they have lived alongside each other for so long, true Scottish wildcats and crossbred mongrels are difficult to tell apart.
    • They are mating with the local rare species of white-headed duck producing a mongrel that could force the indigenous breed into extinction.
    cross-breed, cross, mixed breed, half-breed; cur, mutt
    informal Heinz 57
  • 1.2 offensive A person of mixed descent.



Pronunciation: /-grəˌlizəm/
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  • Apparently the correct definition of his mongrelism is that he is a retriever and Tibetan spaniel cross.
  • His desire for an anti-colonial mongrelism might be one way to negotiate between two contradictory realities of Hawai'i: the mixing of its cultures and the separate rights of its indigenous peoples.
  • It has all the hybrid vigour of mongrelism and once they learn to speak it properly, world cultural domination will be complete.


late Middle English: of Germanic origin, apparently from a base meaning 'mix', and related to mingle and among.

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