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wrangle

verb wran·gle \ ˈraŋ-gəl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of wrangle

wrangled; wrangling play \ˈraŋ-g(ə-)liŋ\
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

Examples of wrangle in a Sentence

  1. They were wrangling over money.

  2. He made a living wrangling horses.

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Origin and Etymology of wrangle

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


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wrangle

noun

Definition of wrangle

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

Examples of wrangle in a Sentence

  1. They had a bitter wrangle over custody of their children.

  2. there was a bit of a wrangle over how much money to give the high school for its sports programs

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First Known Use of wrangle

15th century

Synonym Discussion of wrangle

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

WRANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

wrangle

verb

Definition of wrangle for English Language Learners

  • : to argue angrily with someone

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

  • : to control and care for (horses, cattle, etc.) on a ranch


wrangle

noun

Definition of wrangle for English Language Learners

  • : a dispute that lasts for a long time


WRANGLE Defined for Kids

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wrangle

verb wran·gle \ ˈraŋ-gəl \

Definition of wrangle for Students

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

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wrangle

noun

Definition of wrangle for Students



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