- an animal or plant produced by the crossing of different breeds or varieties; esp., a dog of this kind
- anything produced by indiscriminate mixture
Origin of mongrelMiddle English mengrell ; from base of Old English mengan, to mix + diminutive suffix -rel as in cockerel: form influenced, influence by Middle English mong, aphetic ; from Old English gemong, mixture: see among
of mixed breed, race, origin, or character: often a contemptuous or derogatory usage
- An animal or plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
- Offensive A person of mixed background or descent.
- Something that is a mixture or combination of elements: “Purists &ellipsis; object that bordeaux is a mongrel because it mixes two, three or four grape varieties” (Hugh Johnson).
- Of mixed origin or character: “English has always been a mongrel tongue, a hybrid of arriving idioms” (Mark Abley).
- Offensive Being a person of mixed background or descent.
- Being a mongrel organism.
Origin of mongrelMiddle English, probably from mong, mixture, from Old English gemang; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- Someone or something of mixed kind or uncertain origin; especially, a dog that is such.
- That dog is a mongrel, who knows what breed it could be!