wrangle

verb
wran·​gle | \ ˈraŋ-gəl How to pronounce wrangle (audio) \
wrangled; wrangling\ ˈraŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce wrangle (audio) \

Definition of wrangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to dispute angrily or peevishly : bicker
2 : to engage in argument or controversy

transitive verb

1 : to obtain by persistent arguing or maneuvering : wangle
2 [back-formation from wrangler] : to herd and care for (livestock and especially horses) on the range

wrangle

noun

Definition of wrangle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an angry, noisy, or prolonged dispute or quarrel
2 : the action or process of wrangling

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Noun

quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble mean a noisy dispute usually marked by anger. quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention. a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions. wrangle interminably about small issues altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows. a loud public altercation squabble stresses childish and unseemly dispute over petty matters, but it need not imply bitterness or anger. a brief squabble over what to do next

Examples of wrangle in a Sentence

Verb They were wrangling over money. He made a living wrangling horses. Noun They had a bitter wrangle over custody of their children. there was a bit of a wrangle over how much money to give the high school for its sports programs
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With packages still piled up at Northeast Ohio postal offices after the Christmas holiday, local businesses have had to wrangle with dissatisfied customers. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "‘A total, chaotic mess’: Holiday mail delays cause troubles for Cleveland’s small businesses," 28 Dec. 2020 And the California Republican Party — headed by a Latina, no less — is ready to channel widespread anger toward Newsom and a better-than-expected turnout among Latinos for Donald Trump to wrangle up more of us into the GOP camp than ever before. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The bittersweet victory of Alex Padilla, California’s first Latino U.S. senator," 23 Dec. 2020 As for Turner, don’t blame him for trying to wrangle a few more bucks elsewhere to make up for a huge loss this year. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Don’t say farewell to heart and soul. Dodgers must re-sign Justin Turner," 10 Dec. 2020 Shows now awkwardly seek to wrangle the pandemic, to produce a culture around the crisis. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Best TV Shows of 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 Chinese diplomats also do their best to wrangle the language of Belt and Road into UN documents. Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Used to Write the Rules—Now China Does," 8 Oct. 2020 Lydia says her mom taught her how to wrangle walkers and without worrying about other attacks from Beta's forces would be able to lead them away. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Walking Dead recap: Maggie arrives… and so does [SPOILER]," 5 Oct. 2020 The two-way zipper supports diaper changes without needing to wrangle the baby in and out of an entire outfit, and the soft, 100% cotton flaps over the zipper protect baby skin from uncomfortable metal. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 6 Nov. 2020 While protesters and public officials wrangle over the best path forward for policing Portland, the city is moving to hire a director of community safety to guide systemic change in all of Portland’s public safety bureaus. oregonlive, "City looking to hire community safety director to ‘champion change’ across all Portland’s public safety bureaus," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Suez has been opposed from the beginning and a legal wrangle has ensued. Joshua Kirby, WSJ, "Veolia’s Suez Stake Acquisition Explained," 27 Nov. 2020 President Trump claimed in the early hours of Wednesday morning that his opponents were trying to cheat him of election victory, setting the scene for a bitter wrangle as votes were still being counted. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump accuses Democrats of trying to steal the election," 4 Nov. 2020 The yearlong wrangle prompted multiple lawsuits as well as charges of heavy handed tactics by the port, including the canceling of the city’s long-term lease for its marina property. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Legal dispute over oil tanker terminal settled," 1 Sep. 2020 The European Union will help Cyprus try to negotiate its maritime border with neighboring Turkey in order to end an ongoing wrangle that has raised tensions in the east Mediterranean, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday. Washington Post, "EU to help resolve Cyprus-Turkey maritime border wrangle," 25 June 2020 But long before that wrangle, hundreds of mothers had already faced the agonizing choice: Keep the son or daughter but stay away forever, or abandon the child to come home. Washington Post, "Yazidi women raped as ISIS slaves face brutal homecoming choice: Give up their child or stay away," 30 July 2019 Over the years, the moneyed North Americans who have managed to wrangle properties there include hedge-fund pioneer Julian Robertson, Hollywood film director James Cameron and PayPal Holdings Inc. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "‘We Needed to Go’: Rich Americans Activate Pandemic Escape Plans," 7 May 2020 Andrea Reesing of Wild Rose Photo Studio This was supposed to be the start of the busy season for wedding vendors — a time to freshen floral bouquets, ask guests to take their seats and wrangle wayward bridesmaids into picture-perfect arrangements. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "Weddings Are Their Job. What Happens When Everyone Postpones?," 11 Apr. 2020 Going between trying to figure out google classroom with the 8 year old to trying the wrangle the 4y to do some form of letters. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wrangle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wrangle

Verb

Middle English; akin to Old High German ringan to struggle — more at wring

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The first known use of wrangle was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

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“Wrangle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrangle. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for wrangle

wrangle

verb
How to pronounce wrangle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wrangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to argue angrily with someone
US, informal : to get (something) by clever methods or by persuading someone
US : to control and care for (horses, cattle, etc.) on a ranch

wrangle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wrangle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dispute that lasts for a long time

wrangle

verb
wran·​gle | \ ˈraŋ-gəl How to pronounce wrangle (audio) \
wrangled; wrangling

Kids Definition of wrangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to argue angrily
2 : to care for and herd livestock and especially horses

wrangle

noun

Kids Definition of wrangle (Entry 2 of 2)

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