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maul

maul

 
pronunciation:
mawl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition: a heavy hammer, sometimes with a wooden head, used to drive stakes, piles, or the like.
synonyms:
sledge, sledgehammer
similar words:
hammer, mallet
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mauled, mauling, mauls
definition 1: to injure by beating, clawing, bruising, or the like.
The trainer was mauled by one of the tigers and badly injured.
similar words:
attack, claw, injure, lather, maim, mutilate, savage, wound
definition 2: to handle or treat (a person or animal) roughly.
synonyms:
rough up
similar words:
beat up, knock around, maltreat, manhandle
derivation: mauler (n.)
Homophone Note
The words maul and mall sound alike but have different meanings.