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mangle

play
verb man·gle \ ˈmaŋ-gəl \

Definition of mangle

mangled; mangling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to injure with deep disfiguring wounds by cutting, tearing, or crushing
  • people … mangled by sharks
  • —V. G. Heiser
2 :to spoil, injure, or make incoherent especially through ineptitude
  • a story mangled beyond recognition

mangler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of mangle

Middle English, from Anglo-French mangler, mahangler, perhaps from mahaigner to maim — more at mayhem

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

Definition of mangle

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

Origin and Etymology of mangle

Dutch mangel, from German, from Middle High German, diminutive of mange mangonel, mangle, from Latin manganum


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mangle

verb

Definition of mangle

mangled; mangling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
:to press or smooth (something, such as damp linen) with a mangle

mangler

play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

First Known Use of mangle

circa 1775


MANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

mangle

noun

Definition of mangle for English Language Learners

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


MANGLE Defined for Kids

mangle

play
verb man·gle \ ˈmaŋ-gəl \

Definition of mangle for Students

mangled; mangling
1 :to injure badly by cutting, tearing, or crushing
2 :to spoil while making or performing
  • If she's nervous, she'll mangle the speech.


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