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wrangle

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verb wran·gle \ˈraŋ-gəl\

Definition of wrangle

wrangled

wrangling

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dispute angrily or peevishly :  bicker

  3. 2 :  to engage in argument or controversy

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to obtain by persistent arguing or maneuvering :  wangle

  6. 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.

Origin and Etymology of wrangle

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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wrangle

noun wran·gle

Definition of wrangle

  1. 1 :  an angry, noisy, or prolonged dispute or quarrel

  2. 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>

15th Century

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

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wrangle

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verb wran·gle \ˈraŋ-gəl\

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


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wrangle

noun wran·gle

Definition of wrangle for English Language Learners

  • : a dispute that lasts for a long time


WRANGLE Defined for Kids

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wrangle

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verb wran·gle \ˈraŋ-gəl\

Definition of wrangle for Students

wrangled

wrangling

  1. 1 :  to argue angrily

  2. 2 :  to care for and herd livestock and especially horses


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wrangle

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noun wran·gle

Definition of wrangle for Students

  1. :  1quarrel 1



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