man·​gled ˈmaŋ-gəld How to pronounce mangled (audio)
: severely injured or damaged by cutting, tearing, or crushing
a mangled foot
A special bed—a box lined with cottonwool—was made for the mangled pigeon while the Wilsons nursed it …Iain Macdonald
mangled warplanes lie strewn across the desert floor, their wings and tails torn off, their fuselages punctured.Richard Wolkomir
: spoiled or made incoherent
a mangled message
mangled punctuation/syntax
This is a draft manuscript waiting for an editor to impose coherence and to smooth over mangled grammar, malapropisms and political oversimplifications.Emily MacFarquhar

Examples of mangled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Creature is a healthy dose of self-love masquerading in a dead man’s mangled body. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 All three remained unconscious and trapped inside their mangled vehicle as Steele pulled up to the scene. Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star, 18 Jan. 2024 Two teenage brothers with mangled bodies haunt Attar. Nicholas Kristof, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 One New York Times article that cited Gallant’s mangled misquote sourced the words to an op-ed in another outlet, which sourced them to an X post that featured an embedded TikTok video. Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic, 21 Jan. 2024 Even a page with some lousy pictograms and mangled text that reads like it's been run through a translation tool three or four times would have been helpful. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2023 He was evacuated — carried out over a mangled landscape. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2024 As of the publication of this column, Microsoft’s AI still makes pictures of mangled heads. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 There was apparently interest in the mangled supercar, but no one was willing to meet the owner’s asking price. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mangled was in the 15th century

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“Mangled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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