noun (1)
man·​gler | \ ˈmaŋ-g(ə-)lər How to pronounce mangler (audio) \
plural manglers

Definition of mangler

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: a person who mangles someone or something a mangler of the English language In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger, a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams … .— Kaylee Douglas


noun (2)
plural manglers

Definition of mangler (Entry 2 of 2)

: a machine for ironing laundry by passing it between rollers : mangle The machine washed the clothing and then they had to be fed through a wringer—more commonly called a "mangler"—to pinch out the water before they were ready to hang on the clothes line on the porch or in the yard to dry.— Gordon Freireich

First Known Use of mangler

Noun (1)

circa 1562, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Mangler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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