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wangle

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verb, wan·gle \ˈwaŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of wangle

  • : to get (something) by clever methods or by persuading someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wangle

wangledwangling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to resort to trickery or devious methods

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends

  5. 2 :  to make or get by devious means :  finagle <wangle an invitation>

wangler play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of wangle in a sentence

  1. He wangled a free ticket to the show.

  2. He managed to wangle his way into the party.



Did You Know?

Wangle, a verb of uncertain origin, has been used in its newest sense, "to obtain by sly methods," since at least the early 20th century. Occasionally, one sees "wrangle" used similarly, as in "wrangle a huge salary," but more typically it means "to argue or engage in controversy." Did the "obtain" sense of "wrangle" evolve through confusion with "wangle"? Not exactly. "Wrangle" was used with the meaning "to obtain by arguing or bargaining" as early as 1624, long before "wangle" appeared in the language. The sense had all but disappeared until recent decades, however, and its revival may very well have been influenced by "wangle." The "obtain" sense of "wangle" is currently more common than that of "wrangle," but both are considered standard.

Origin of wangle

perhaps alteration of waggle


First Known Use: 1888



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