- 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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- a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
- to smooth or press with a mangle.
- Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.
Origin of mangle2
Related Wordsdisfigure, wreck, lacerate, bruise, distort, impair, contort, hack, maim, maul, deface, rend, slay, slit, cut, injure, ruin, wound, damage, butcher
Examples from the Web for mangled
Thanks to that meddling Franklin and the other editors, Jefferson thought his Declaration had been “mangled.”Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
The gossip site posted video of a seriously injured comedian riding with the star being pulled out of a mangled car.TMZ Makes Tragedy Porn Out of Tracy Morgan’s Gruesome Car Accident
June 12, 2014
His mangled body was spotted by a passenger on a subsequent train.Rome’s Deadly Pub Crawls Kill American College Student
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 1, 2014
But the whip flies through the air and, no luck, the camera lingers on the mangled back.Come On, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Can Handle More Violence
November 29, 2013
Dodi, I remember, looked like a mangled marionette, his limbs twisted in impossible positions.The Night Princess Diana Died
August 31, 2013
Were they guilty whom you see down there gibbeted, mangled, and torn to pieces?The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
It is heart-sickening to witness their bloody, mangled forms.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
They washed the bloody and mangled face, and found that it was indeed the prince.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
The dog soon became a mangled and bloody mass of flesh and bones.Winning His Way
Charles Carleton Coffin
The crown flamed toward the battery, scorched and mangled it.The Long Roll
- 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 mangled
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.