mongrel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mongrel an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
    • n mongrel derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin "the architecture was a kind of bastard suggesting Gothic but not true Gothic"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Blue Peter pet, Petra the mongrel puppy, died two days after being introduced. A replacement was found
    • Mongrel (Zoöl) Not of a pure breed.
    • Mongrel Of mixed kinds; as, mongrel language.
    • n Mongrel The progeny resulting from a cross between two breeds, as of domestic animals; anything of mixed breed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mongrel An individual or a breed of animals resulting from repeated crossing or mixture of several different varieties; the progeny of varieties, and especially of artificial varieties, as distinguished from the hybrid, or cross between two different species (but the distinction is not always observed).
    • n mongrel Specifically, a dog of mixed breed.
    • n mongrel Anything of mixed breed; anything that is a mixture of incongruous elements.
    • mongrel Of a mixed or impure breed; begotten or made up of different kinds: usually in a disreputable sense.
    • mongrel To make mongrel; mongrelize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mongrel mung′grel of a mixed breed, impure
    • n Mongrel an animal, esp. a dog, of a mixed breed
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Quotations

  • Minna Antrim
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    “Satiety is a mongrel that barks at the heels of plenty.”
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
    Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
    “I have loved but one flag and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for a league.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. shortened fr. mongrel, and akin to AS. mengan, to mix, and E. mingle,. See Mingle

Usage

In literature:

A kind of mongrel zealot, sometimes very precise and peevish.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Ida Mary traded a bright scarf and some cigarettes for two Indian mongrels.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
No one has been hurt; Malie's men simply picked the mongrels up by the scruff of their necks and then tied them up.
"John Frewen, South Sea Whaler" by Louis Becke
He was a young Colombian Indian, could speak no English, and only a mongrel, halting kind of Spanish.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
The races intermingled, and a medley of strange, mongrel tribes resulted.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
The period of a mongrel dog and jackal was fifty-nine days.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
A pack of snarling mongrels, and all snapping at the heels of Captain Dynamite.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Suppose Walter Butler should appear to sit in council as ensign of his mongrel clan?
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
The Aleut language now is a mongrel, made up largely of Russian, with many native words and a few of English.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
Belonging to the camp was a brindle dog, a sturdy and noisy mongrel whose barking was particularly obnoxious to the wildcat.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
But there is a still more natural antagonism between them, of the thoroughbred for the mongrel.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
The Sauks, like all their race, were extremely fond of dogs, and the mongrel curs seemed to be everywhere.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
A mongrel cur might have kept up, much less a seasoned thoroughbred.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
It was altogether a weak, mongrel affair.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
With our door ajar we watched the ghastly struggle between the faithful mongrel and the assassin.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
He was in the frame of mind of a mongrel, of a real Boys'-Dog, at a Madison Square dog-show.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
One day when Castilla went out to hunt, he was joined in the chase by an Indian, who brought with him a common mongrel.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
It has persuaded them that high grade seed is better than mongrel seed.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
He began to hate that mongrel cur with an intense hatred.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Mr. Chaundy raised a great number of mongrels by planting together six distinct varieties of cabbage.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
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In poetry:

Pine trees that fractured the skyline
mongrels that yowled from the hill
negroes that caroled dark amber
wavered our dubious will...
"Paragraph" by Norman MacLeod
The shivering cur, the mongrel cur
bares his teeth like a hungry wolf,
droops his tail, but does not stir…
‘Hey answer, you there, show yourself.’
"from The Twelve" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
The frozen snow-drift looms in front.
‘Who’s in the drift! Come out! Come here!’
There’s only the homeless mongrel runt
limping wretchedly in the rear…
"from The Twelve" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Soon, soon the days conviction bring. The collie hair, the collie swing,
The tail's indomitable ring,
The eye's unrest--
The case was clear; a mongrel thing
Kai stood confest.
"Kaiser Dead" by Matthew Arnold
Then fill to the brim, and a health, I say,
To our liege King Charles, and I pray God bless him!
'T would amend worse vintage to drink dismay
To the clamorous mongrel pack that press him!
"Two Moods Of Failure" by Helen Gray Cone
Stick to your aim: the mongrel’s hold will slip,
But only crowbars loose the bulldog’s grip;
Small as he looks, the jaw that never yields
Drags down the bellowing monarch of the fields!
"A Rhymed Lesson (Urania)" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

It was a black-and-white wire-haired mongrel that had been abandoned in the New York subway.
Dead Dog Beach, a notorious spot on Puerto Rico's southeastern shore, has been a dumping ground for abused and abandoned satos, slang for mongrels, for years.
Manic notion is fascinating mongrel in 'Seven Psychopaths.
But at night, off the public clock, he was a dark poet and a "punk, fugitive mongrel critic".
Purebred performance from mongrel genes.
Seattle based The Cave Singers are coming to Tacoma on March 23 at The New Frontier Lounge with Mongrel Blood in an 8 pm show.
In This Tale the Dog's a Wag : Paul Auster's Mongrel Novel.
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