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”)).
- (transitive) To change, mutilate or disfigure by cutting, tearing, rearranging etc.
- mangled with ghastly wounds through plate and mail
- Jonathan Swift
- when they are disposed to mangle a play or novel
- (transitive, archaic) To wring laundry.
- (transitive, computing) To modify (an identifier from source code) so as to produce a unique identifier for internal use by the compiler, etc.
mangle (plural mangles)
- A hand-operated device with rollers, for wringing laundry.
- The mangle attached to wringer washing machines, often called the wringer.
- First-person singular present of mangeln.
- Imperative singular of mangeln.
- First-person singular subjunctive I of mangeln.
- Third-person singular subjunctive I of mangeln.