man·​gled | \ ˈmaŋ-gəld How to pronounce mangled (audio) \

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

First Known Use of mangled

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mangled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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