- 1mangle something to crush or twist something so that it is badly damaged His hand was mangled in the machine.
- 2mangle something to spoil something, for example a poem or a piece of music, by saying it wrongly or playing it badly synonym ruin Word Originverb late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French mahangler, perhaps a frequentative of mahaignier
BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡl//[usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mangle
BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡl//he / she / it mangles
BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡlz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡlz//past simple mangled
BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡld//past participle mangled
BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡld//-ing form mangling
BrE BrE//ˈmæŋɡlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæŋɡlɪŋ//