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noun (1)

man·​gler ˈmaŋ-g(ə-)lər How to pronounce mangler (audio)
plural manglers
: 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


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noun (2)

plural manglers
: 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

Examples of mangler in a Sentence

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The deadpan mangler of the English language who thrived in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s as a television, nightclub and casino comedian. Anchorage Daily News, 8 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1562, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mangler was circa 1562

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“Mangler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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