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
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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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mangler definition

[DEC] A manager. Compare mango; see also management. Note that system mangler is somewhat different in connotation.
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