verb man·gle \ˈmaŋ-gəl\
man·gledman·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of MANGLE

transitive verb
:  to injure with deep disfiguring wounds by cutting, tearing, or crushing <people … mangled by sharks — V. G. Heiser>
:  to spoil, injure, or make incoherent especially through ineptitude <a story mangled beyond recognition>
man·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Origin of MANGLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French mangler, mahangler, perhaps from mahaigner to maim — more at mayhem
First Known Use: 15th century



: an old-fashioned machine used to squeeze water out of wet clothes after they have been washed

Full Definition of MANGLE

:  a machine for ironing laundry by passing it between heated rollers

Origin of MANGLE

Dutch mangel, from German, from Middle High German, diminutive of mange mangonel, mangle, from Latin manganum
First Known Use: 1696


man·gledman·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of MANGLE

transitive verb
:  to press or smooth (as damp linen) with a mangle
man·gler \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

First Known Use of MANGLE

circa 1775


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