There are 2 main definitions of mangle in English:

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mangle 1

Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋɡ(ə)l/

verb

[with object]
1Destroy or severely damage by tearing or crushing: the car was mangled almost beyond recognition
More example sentences
  • The smooth shell of the car was mangled beyond recognition.
  • Two crushed and mangled pick-up trucks have been flipped on their side.
  • The dais was in the form of a human whose skeleton was mangled beyond recognition.
Synonyms
mutilate, maim, disfigure, damage, injure, crush, crumple;
hack, cut about, lacerate, tear apart, rend, chop (up), butcher, deform, maul, wreck
1.1Ruin or spoil (a text, piece of music, etc.): he was mangling Bach on the piano
More example sentences
  • Actually, I don't think they physically cooked anything, they just stood around and watched their recipes being mangled by the in-house excuse for a chef.
  • It then goes on to mangle the line ‘will things ever be the same again?’
  • This got me thinking about how some mangled enunciation has become par for the course in pop music, and we don't really think it's weird anymore.
Synonyms

Derivatives

mangler

Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋɡ(ə)lə/
noun
Example sentences
  • Humphrys has now let his rage against the army of word manglers off the leash.
  • My resolutions, therefore, are for others, and in particular for some of the many manglers of the English language.
  • For each national-anthem mangler, there was only one rendition standing between glory and defeat.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, perhaps a frequentative of mahaignier 'maim'.

Words that rhyme with mangle

angle, bangle, bespangle, dangle, entangle, fandangle, jangle, mangel, spangle, strangle, tangle, wangle, wide-angle, wrangle

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There are 2 main definitions of mangle in English:

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mangle 2

Pronunciation: /ˈmaŋɡ(ə)l/

noun

A machine having two or more rollers turned by a handle, between which wet laundry is squeezed to remove excess moisture.
Example sentences
  • ‘If I wasn't at school, I had to turn the handle on the mangle while mum put the sheets through,’ Peter recalls.
  • She does not have a TV and her washing machine is an archaic model involving rubber hoses and a handle-operated mangle.
  • The garden also contains a vintage mechanical washing machine as well as antique ploughs, mangles and bacon slicers.

verb

[with object]
Press or squeeze with a mangle: the hard household labour often involved pounding clothes in a dolly tub and mangling them with a hand wringer

Origin

Late 17th century: from Dutch mangel, from mangelen 'to mangle', from medieval Latin mango, manga, from Greek manganon 'axis, engine of war'.

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Line breaks: man¦gle

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