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

And the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe are wrangling with officials in the Martha’s Vineyard town over plans to open an electronic bingo hall there. BostonGlobe.com, "The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday refused to reconsider its 2016 denial of a proposed casino in Brockton, leaving no project with a clear path to approval for the state’s final resort casino license.," 13 Sep. 2019 Across the street in a parking lot, Claude Taylor wrangled a 14-foot inflatable rat designed to resemble Trump. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Trump visit draws protesters, supporters to Baltimore," 13 Sep. 2019 Pukpinyo has wrangled snakes for 16 years, catching about 10,000 during his career, according to Reuters. Fox News, "Thai firefighter wrangles 16-foot python with bare hands, wrestles it into rice sack," 22 Aug. 2019 In today’s contemporary art market, frustrated collectors who can’t wrangle a work by a coveted artist from their galleries often turn to auction houses for help. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Art World’s Newest Star Makes $3 Million Paintings. Is the Crash Next?," 21 Sep. 2018 For Ward, who has wrangled about every kind of beast imaginable over the years, the alligator rescue was not a unique experience. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Massive alligator stops US 59 traffic in Cleveland," 30 Apr. 2018 Two cowboys on horses were able to wrangle the runaway cow. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Holy cow! Video shows longhorn on the loose charging into downtown Colorado Springs bank," 3 Aug. 2019 Such disputes are becoming familiar, as companies wrangle over economics, amid a competitive field that finds viewers offered streaming services and other alternatives for watching TV. oregonlive, "KOIN-TV and CBS shows return to Portland DirecTV subscribers as AT&T and Nexstar settle dispute," 30 Aug. 2019 After an ambitious century, this current behind-the-scenes wrangling over climate risk and a possible grand bargain shows how rising temperatures and changing water levels increasingly constrain human use of the Colorado River. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "West wrestles with Colorado River “grand bargain” as changing climate depletes water governed by 1922 compact," 25 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The only wrangle can be over how to divide the spoils. Washington Post, "Want that Deal? Let Your Stock Price Do the Work," 18 Sep. 2019 First off, there’s no unwieldy equipment to wrangle, no finicky sauce to emulsify, and no must-serve-immediately mandate to follow. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "I'm Defffinitely Not Chill, But These Cold Miso Noodles Are," 23 Aug. 2019 Toward the end of the disco era, Veltman and his club entered a protracted wrangle with Valero Energy, a corporation that had moved into a nearby building and wanted to buy out the Country to build a parking lot on the site. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Controversial landmark property near downtown San Antonio didn’t excite preservationists," 10 Aug. 2019 After chasing the animal around the pool for a few minutes, the Barons were able to wrangles the gator out of the water, and transfer the reptile to a tank. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Long Island Man Finds Baby Alligator in His Swimming Pool During New York Heatwave," 22 July 2019 Although an ugly personal wrangle forms the bathetic close of their joint story, Conan Doyle’s integrity shines through. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, "‘Conan Doyle for the Defense’ Review: The Case of the Innocent Man," 26 July 2018 But at 79 years old, Bush frequently takes it upon herself to call up the city and wrangle workers into clearing the alleyways and sidewalks. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "West Baltimore residents say Trump tweets do nothing to help solve difficult issues," 29 July 2019 To make it through school, many dyslexics wrangle and hustle. Robyn Curnow, CNN, "The upside to dyslexia, even as a journalist," 6 June 2019 Without hesitation, Morgan grabs the second python and wrangles it into the plastic tub. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "81-year-old grandma yanks pythons from grill at request of concerned family," 31 Aug. 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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