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mangle

play
verb man·gle \ˈmaŋ-gəl\

Definition of mangle

man·gledman·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to injure with deep disfiguring wounds by cutting, tearing, or crushing <people … mangled by sharks — V. G. Heiser>

  3. 2 :  to spoil, injure, or make incoherent especially through ineptitude <a story mangled beyond recognition>

man·gler play \-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

Synonym Discussion of mangle

maim, cripple, mutilate, batter, mangle mean to injure so severely as to cause lasting damage. maim implies the loss or injury of a bodily member through violence <maimed by a shark>. cripple implies the loss or serious impairment of an arm or leg <crippled for life in an accident>. mutilate implies the cutting off or removal of an essential part of a person or thing thereby impairing its completeness, beauty, or function <a tree mutilated by inept pruning>. batter implies a series of blows that bruise deeply, deform, or mutilate <an old ship battered by fierce storms>. mangle implies a tearing or crushing that leaves deep wounds <a soldier's leg mangled by shrapnel>.

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mangle

noun man·gle

Simple Definition of mangle

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

Full Definition of mangle

  1. :  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


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mangle

verb man·gle

Definition of mangle

man·gledman·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to press or smooth (as damp linen) with a mangle

man·gler play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun


Circa 1775

First Known Use of mangle

circa 1775



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