Mangle Definition

mănggəl
mangled, mangles, mangling
verb
mangled, mangles, mangling
To mutilate or disfigure by repeatedly and roughly cutting, tearing, hacking, or crushing; lacerate and bruise badly.
Webster's New World
To spoil; botch; mar; garble.
A translation that mangles the original text.
Webster's New World
To press in a mangle.
Webster's New World

(archaic) To wring laundry.

Wiktionary

(computing) To modify (an identifier from source code) so as to produce a unique identifier for internal use by the compiler, etc.

Wiktionary
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noun
mangles
A machine for pressing and smoothing cloth, esp. sheets and other flat pieces, between heated rollers.
Webster's New World
A clothes wringer.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
electric ironerironpress

Other Word Forms of Mangle

Noun

Singular:
mangle
Plural:
mangles

Origin of Mangle

  • From Middle English mangelen, from Anglo-Norman mangler, mahangler, frequentative of either Old French mangonner (“to cut to pieces") or mahaigner (“to mutilate"), of Germanic origin, for which see mayhem. Compare also Old High German mangolōn (“to suffer loss, be deprived") (> German mangeln (“to lack, mangle")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Alternate etymology derives mangle from Middle English *mankelen, a frequentative form of manken (“to mutilate"), from Old English mancian, bemancian (“to maim"). More at mank.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English manglen from Anglo-Norman mangler frequentative of Old French mangoner to cut to bits possibly akin to mahaignier to maim mayhem

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dutch mangel from German from Middle High German diminutive of mange mangonel from Late Latin manganum catapult mangonel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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