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[mang-guh l] /ˈmæŋ gəl/
verb (used with object), mangled, mangling.
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French mangler, perhaps dissimilated variant of Old French mangonner to mangle; akin to mangonel
Related forms
mangler, noun
1. See maim. 2. deface; destroy. Unabridged
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  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for mangler


verb (transitive)
to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
to ruin, spoil, or mar
Derived Forms
mangler, noun
mangled, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Norman French mangler, probably from Old French mahaignier to maim


Also called wringer. a machine for pressing or drying wet textiles, clothes, etc, consisting of two heavy rollers between which the cloth is passed
verb (transitive)
to press or dry in a mangle
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch mangel, ultimately from Late Latin manganum. See mangonel
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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.

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