• IPA: /ˈmæŋ.ɡəl/

mangle (mangles, present participle mangling; past and past participle mangled)

  1. (transitive) To change, mutilate or disfigure by cutting, tearing, rearranging etc.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail
    • c. 1703-20, Jonathan Swift, A Letter to a Very Young Lady on Her Marriage
      when they are disposed to mangle a play or a novel
  2. (transitive, computing) To modify (an identifier from source code) so as to produce a unique identifier for internal use by the compiler, etc.
Translations Noun

mangle (plural mangles)

  1. A hand-operated device with rollers, for wringing laundry.
  2. The mangle attached to wringer washing machines, often called the wringer.
Translations Verb


  1. (transitive, archaic) To wring laundry.
Translations Noun

mangle (plural mangles)

  1. mangrove (tree)

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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