mongrel definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English mengrell ; from base of Old English mengan, to mix plush diminutive suffix -rel as in cockerel: form influenced, influence by Middle English mong, aphetic ; from Old English gemong, mixture: see among
mongrel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An animal or a plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
- A cross between different breeds, groups, or varieties, especially a mixture that is or appears to be incongruous.
Origin: Middle English, probably from mong, mixture, from Old English gemang; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- mon·grelˈism noun
- monˈgrel·ly adverb