- A maul is defined as a heavy long-handled tool such as a hammer that you can use to ram, crush, pound or drive wedges.
A large hammer with a heavy head that you use to pound a stake into the ground is an example of a maul.
- The definition of maul is to treat someone roughly or to tear apart with the teeth.
- When you roughly put your hands all over your lover and grab at him everywhere in a passionate frenzy, this is an example of a time when you maul him.
- When a wolf tears apart a person with his teeth, this is an example of a time when the wolf mauls the person.
Origin of maulEarly Modern English phonetic spelling, spelled of Middle English malle from Old French maile from Classical Latin malleus, a hammer: see malleable
- to injure by beating or tearing; bruise or lacerate
- to handle roughly or clumsily; manhandle; paw
Origin of maulME mallen < OFr mailler < the n.
- a. A heavy, long-handled hammer used especially to drive stakes, piles, or wedges.b. A heavy hammer having a wedge-shaped head and used for splitting logs.
- Sports a. A play in Rugby in which a mass of players gathers around a ball carrier being tackled and attempts to gain possession of the ball when it is released.b. The mass of players during such a play.
transitive verbmauled, maul·ing, mauls
- a. To injure or mutilate, as by scratching or beating: stories of hikers mauled by wild animals; a boxer who mauled his opponent. See Synonyms at mangle1.b. To defeat handily: The home team was mauled in the season opener.
- To handle or treat roughly, causing damage: The package was mauled by the careless messenger.
- To split (wood) with a maul and wedge.
Origin of maulMiddle English malle from Old French mail from Latin malleus ; see melə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present mauls, present participle mauling, simple past and past participle mauled)