verb \ˈriŋ\

: to twist and squeeze (wet cloth, hair, etc.) to remove water

: to get (something) out of someone or something with a lot of effort

: to twist and break (an animal's neck) in order to kill the animal

wrung \ˈrəŋ\ wring·ing \ˈriŋ-iŋ\

Full Definition of WRING

transitive verb
:  to squeeze or twist especially so as to make dry or to extract moisture or liquid <wring a towel dry>
:  to extract or obtain by or as if by twisting and compressing <wring water from a towel> <wring a confession from the suspect>
a :  to twist so as to strain or sprain into a distorted shape <I could wring your neck>
b :  to twist together (clasped hands) as a sign of anguish
:  to affect painfully as if by wringing :  torment <a tragedy that wrings the heart>
intransitive verb
:  squirm, writhe
wring noun

Examples of WRING

  1. I wrung the towel and hung it up to dry.
  2. I wrung my hair and wrapped it in a towel.

Origin of WRING

Middle English, from Old English wringan; akin to Old High German ringan to struggle, Lithuanian rengtis to bend down, Old English wyrgan to strangle — more at worry
First Known Use: before 12th century
WRINGS Defined for Kids


verb \ˈriŋ\
wrung \ˈrəŋ\wring·ing

Definition of WRING for Kids

:  to twist or press so as to squeeze out moisture <Wring out your bathing suit.>
:  to get by or as if by twisting or pressing <Police wrung a confession from the criminal.>
:  to twist with a forceful or violent motion <He wrung the chicken's neck.>
:  to affect as if by wringing <The bad news wrung our hearts.>
:  to twist (hands) together as a sign of anguish


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