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mangle

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[ mang-guhl ]
/ ˈmæŋ gəl /
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Definition of mangle

verb (used with object), man·gled, man·gling.
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.
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Origin of mangle

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1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French mangler, perhaps dissimilated variant of Old French mangonner “to mangle”; akin to mangonel

synonym study for mangle

1. See maim.

OTHER WORDS FROM mangle

mangler, noun

Other definitions for mangle (2 of 2)

mangle2
[ mang-guhl ]
/ ˈmæŋ gəl /

noun
a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
verb (used with object), man·gled, man·gling.
to smooth or press with a mangle.
Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.

Origin of mangle

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1765–75; <Dutch mangel ≪ Late Latin manganum.See mangonel
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British Dictionary definitions for mangle (1 of 2)

mangle1
/ (ˈmæŋɡəl) /

verb (tr)
to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
to ruin, spoil, or mar

Derived forms of mangle

mangler, nounmangled, adjective

Word Origin for mangle

C14: from Norman French mangler, probably from Old French mahaignier to maim

British Dictionary definitions for mangle (2 of 2)

mangle2
/ (ˈmæŋɡəl) /

noun
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 (tr)
to press or dry in a mangle

Word Origin for mangle

C18: from Dutch mangel, ultimately from Late Latin manganum. See mangonel
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