- to injure severely, disfigure, or mutilate by cutting, slashing, or crushing: The coat sleeve was mangled in the gears of the machine.
- to spoil; ruin; mar badly: to mangle a text by careless typesetting.
Origin of mangle1
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Examples from the Web for mangler
“Trucks” and “The Mangler” are Arthur C. Clarke specials: machines on the rampage.Great New Reads
The Daily Beast
October 31, 2010
Mrs. Tramore had got rid of Mr. Mangler, and Bertram Jay was in other quarters.
I was not a "mangler," but I went in and asked to see the boss.The Woman Who Toils
Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
Mr. Mangler did nothing but say how charming he thought his hostess of the Sunday, and what a tremendously jolly visit he had had.
Mr. Mangler sat down; he alluded with artless resentment to the way, in July, the door of his friends had been closed to him.
She had to reflect that one does what one can and that Mr. Mangler probably thought he was delicate.
- to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
- to ruin, spoil, or mar
- Also called: wringer a machine for pressing or drying wet textiles, clothes, etc, consisting of two heavy rollers between which the cloth is passed
- to press or dry in a mangle
Word Origin and History for mangler
clothes-pressing machine, 1774, from Dutch mangel, apparently short for mangelstok, from stem of mangelen to mangle, from Middle Dutch mange, ultimately from root of mangonel.
"to mutilate," c.1400, from Anglo-French mangler, frequentative of Old French mangoner "cut to pieces," of uncertain origin, perhaps connected with Old French mahaignier "to maim, mutilate, wound" (see maim). Meaning "to mispronounce (words), garble" is from 1530s. Related: Mangled; mangling.