1 [mang-guhl]
verb (used with object), mangled, mangling.
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.

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

mangler, noun

1. See maim. 2. deface; destroy. Unabridged


2 [mang-guhl]
a machine for smoothing or pressing clothes, household linen, etc., by means of heated rollers.
verb (used with object), mangled, mangling.
to smooth or press with a mangle.
Metalworking. to squeeze (metal plates) between rollers.

1765–75; < Dutch mangelLate Latin manganum. See mangonel Unabridged
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mangle1 (ˈmæŋɡəl)
1.  to mutilate, disfigure, or destroy by cutting, crushing, or tearing
2.  to ruin, spoil, or mar
[C14: from Norman French mangler, probably from Old French mahaignier to maim]

mangle2 (ˈmæŋɡəl)
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
2.  to press or dry in a mangle
[C18: from Dutch mangel, ultimately from Late Latin manganum. See mangonel]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from Anglo-Fr. mangler, freq. of O.Fr. mangoner "cut to pieces," of uncertain origin, perhaps connected with O.Fr. mahaignier "to maim, mutilate, wound" (see maim). Meaning "to mispronounce (words), garble" is from 1530s. Related: Mangled.
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Example sentences
The first signs that life can exist in the deepest seas were nets full of
  mangled goo.
It might be fun for me, but my two year old might not appreciate her bath toys
  being all mangled.
He pulled a mangled contraption off a shelf and blew dust from it.
He came across a mangled helicopter covered in soldiers' blood.
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