wangle

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verb wan·gle \ˈwaŋ-gəl\

Definition of wangle

wangled

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wangling

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  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 \ˈwaŋ-g(ə-)lər\ noun

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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 and Etymology of wangle

perhaps alteration of waggle


First Known Use: 1888


WANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

wangle

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verb wan·gle \ˈwaŋ-gəl\

Definition of wangle for English Language Learners

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



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