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maul

maul

 
 
pronunciation:
mawl
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition: a heavy hammer, sometimes with a wooden head, used to drive stakes, piles, or the like.
synonyms:
sledgehammer
similar words:
hammer, mallet
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: mauled, mauling, mauls
definition: to hurt by beating or through other rough treatment.
The police were afraid of getting mauled by the angry crowd.
similar words:
attack, claw, injure, maim, mutilate, wound
derivation: mauler (n.)
Homophone Note
The words maul and mall sound alike but have different meanings.