mangle

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[ mang-guh l ]
/ ˈmæŋ gəl /

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.

Origin of mangle

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

SYNONYMS FOR mangle

1 See maim.
2 deface; destroy.

OTHER WORDS FROM mangle

man·gler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mangler (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 mangler (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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