- 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
- 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 mangling
So why let ‘300’ get by with mangling the 2,500-year-old Greco-Persian War?‘300’ Is a Misleading, Muscle-Bound Travesty of Ancient History
March 13, 2014
It is of mangling and clear starching; of price of coals, or of potatoes.
An hour later she and Rushie were mangling and ironing, in dead silence.The Root of All Evil
J. S. Fletcher
Was formerly a master in Dublin, where his mangling will never be forgotten.Pamphlets and Parodies on Political Subjects
She was his very own now—his, saved from the mangling blows of wild beasts.The Brand
No wild beast can compare with the sea for mangling its prey.Toilers of the Sea
- 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 mangling
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.