Some people have purebred dogs, but you might have a mongrel — a mutt that is part this, part that, and part the other thing (but to you he's a 100 percent dog and your best friend).

Mongrel has the Middle English root word mong, which meant "mix." If you use the word mongrel to refer to the mixed ancestry of a dog or other animal, you may or may not intend to be insulting. If you refer to a human as a mongrel, you are definitely making a pejorative comment about that person's origins. In this use, it is considered an insult.

Definitions of mongrel
  1. noun
    derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin
    synonyms: bastard
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    type of:
    an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard
  2. noun
    an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
    synonyms: cur, mutt
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    feist, fice
    a nervous belligerent little mongrel dog
    pariah dog, pie-dog, pye-dog
    ownerless half-wild mongrel dog common around Asian villages especially India
    type of:
    Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog
    a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds
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