mangle

1
[mang-guh l]
verb (used with object), man·gled, man·gling.
  1. to injure severely, disfigure, or mutilate by cutting, slashing, or crushing: The coat sleeve was mangled in the gears of the machine.
  2. to spoil; ruin; mar badly: to mangle a text by careless typesetting.

Origin of mangle

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French mangler, perhaps dissimilated variant of Old French mangonner to mangle; akin to mangonel
Related formsman·gler, noun

Synonyms for mangle

1. See maim. 2. deface; destroy.

mangle

2
[mang-guh l]
noun
  1. a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
verb (used with object), man·gled, man·gling.
  1. to smooth or press with a mangle.
  2. Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.

Origin of mangle

2
1765–75; < Dutch mangelLate Latin manganum. See mangonel
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British Dictionary definitions for mangling

mangle

1
verb (tr)
  1. to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
  2. to ruin, spoil, or mar
Derived Formsmangler, nounmangled, adjective

Word Origin for mangle

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

mangle

2
noun
  1. 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)
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for mangling

mangle

n.

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.

mangle

v.

"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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