wangle

play
verb wan·gle \ˈwaŋ-gəl\

Definition of wangle

wangled

;

wangling

play \ˈwaŋ-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 \ˈwaŋ-g(ə-)lər\ noun

wangle was our Word of the Day on 01/14/2014. Hear the podcast!

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.

Recent Examples of wangle from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wangle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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


WANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

wangle

play
verb

Definition of wangle for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up wangle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to relieve or lessen

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!