Definition of mangled
1 : 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
2 : 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
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