Maul definition

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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.

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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.

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A heavy, long-handled hammer used especially to drive stakes, piles, or wedges.
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A heavy hammer having a wedge-shaped head and used for splitting logs.
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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.
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The mass of players during such a play.
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To handle or treat roughly, causing damage.

The package was mauled by the careless messenger.

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To split (wood) with a maul and wedge.
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To injure or mutilate, as by scratching or beating.

Stories of hikers mauled by wild animals; a boxer who mauled his opponent.

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To defeat handily.

The home team was mauled in the season opener.

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A very heavy ax or mallet, for driving stakes, wedges, etc.
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To injure by beating or tearing; bruise or lacerate.
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To handle roughly or clumsily; manhandle; paw.
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A heavy long-handled hammer, used for splitting logs by driving a wedge into it, or in combat.
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(rugby) A situation where the player carrying the ball, who must be on his feet, is held by one or more opponents, and one or more of the ball carrier's team mates bind onto the ball carrier.
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To handle someone or something in a rough way.
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To savage; to cause serious physical wounds (usually used of an animal).

The bear mauled him in a terrible way.

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(figuratively) To criticise harshly.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
maul
Plural:
mauls

Origin of maul

  • Middle English malle from Old French mail from Latin malleus melə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English malle (“mace, maul"), from Anglo-Norman mail, from Old French mail, from Latin malleus (“hammer")

    From Wiktionary