wrangle

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

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly is out defending his time trying to wrangle the Trump White House. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "John Kelly’s exit interview lifts the curtain on the chaos within the Trump White House," 30 Dec. 2018 Whether that’s enough to enable him to wrangle the system he’s been tasked with fixing remains to be seen. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 6 July 2018 Perhaps the greatest credit to Green was his ability to wrangle so many different personalities. Conor Orr, SI.com, "The Greatest Team Never to Make It: An Oral History of the 1998 Vikings," 27 June 2018 Some parents were trying to wrangle their children, other uncles and aunts were talking to their nephews and nieces. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Inside the Official Royal Wedding Photo Shoot," 23 May 2018 Milan’s top designers were clearly wrangling with their feelings when developing their new Fall collections. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 Unions and conservative groups are wrangling over whether the ruling means workers can immediately resign from a union and stop paying dues. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Unions Take a Hit After Supreme Court Ruling," 5 Aug. 2018 The United States and China are wrangling over trade issues but also jointly looking to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. New York Times, "Chinese Hackers Steal Unclassified Data From Navy Contractor," 8 June 2018 The pickup in rate-increase expectations comes at a time when the U.K. and the European Union are still wrangling over Brexit negotiations and data in Britain is yet to signal solid growth. Bloomberg.com, "Bank of England Stance Emboldens Bets for May Rate Increase," 22 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Tuchel has been told that Rabiot — who is in a disagreement with sporting director Antero Henrique — is not to be selected because of a contract wrangle that has dragged on . Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game," 10 Feb. 2019 The announcement comes as the city and the New York State Department of Health wrangle over the opening of four safe-injection sites in the city and as rates of unintentional drug-overdose deaths rose for the seventh-straight year. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York City to Spend $8 Million Combatting Bronx Opioid Epidemic," 28 Nov. 2018 In other action, two undefeated teams, England and Belgium, wrangle for control of Group G at 2 p.m. on Fox. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘CMT Crossroads’," 28 June 2018 Internationally, movie-goers have spent $1 billion to watch Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard wrangle pterodactyls. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Box office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' skitters to the top, 'Incredibles 2' leaps past $500 million," 8 July 2018 By agreeing to a four-year contract, announced Sunday night, LeBron James took the biggest gamble of his career – and one not guaranteed to pay off even if the Lakers somehow manage to wrangle Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Lakers hope LeBron will help them reclaim spotlight of Showtime era," 2 July 2018 In a protracted wrangle over Michael's estate, Joe was ultimately cut out of executorship and any share of his most famous son's earnings. Chris Morris, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Jackson, patriarch of America's most famous musical clan, father of Michael Jackson, dead at 89," 27 June 2018 While the public wrangles with how to avoid answering the phone, there is one area in which calls are thriving. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Stop answering your phone," 6 Jan. 2018 Despite the ongoing wrangle over Sarri's release clause, an announcement is expected to be made over the next 48 hours that will see the former Empoli manager take over the reins from fellow Italian, Antonio Conte. SI.com, "Chelsea Offer €4m for Maurizio Sarri While Ex-Napoli Boss Eyes Blues Legend for Backroom Staff," 28 May 2018

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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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wrangle

verb

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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