Mongrel meaning

mŏnggrəl, mŭng-
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An animal or plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.
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Something that is a mixture or combination of elements.
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(offensive) Being a person of mixed background or descent.
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An animal or plant produced by the crossing of different breeds or varieties; esp., a dog of this kind.
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Being a mongrel organism.
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Anything produced by indiscriminate mixture.
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Of mixed race, origin, or character.
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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!

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Moggy (of a cat)
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(offensive) A person of mixed background or descent.
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Of mixed origin or character.
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Of mixed breed.
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Origin of mongrel

  • Middle English probably from mong mixture from Old English gemang mag- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Late 15th century, from obsolete mong (“mixture") +"Ž -rel (“(pejorative)"); from Old English gemong (“mingling") (whence Modern English among), from Proto-Germanic *mang- (“mix").

    From Wiktionary