wres·​tling | \ ˈre-sliŋ How to pronounce wrestling (audio) , ˈra-; ˈre-sᵊl-iŋ, ˈra- \

Definition of wrestling

: a sport or contest in which two unarmed individuals struggle hand to hand with each attempting to subdue or unbalance the other

Examples of wrestling in a Sentence

My favorite sport is wrestling. He was on the wrestling team in high school.
Recent Examples on the Web Save to pay the $175 monthly wrestling gym membership. jsonline.com, "How COVID-19 may have made the economic divides in youth sports worse than before," 29 Apr. 2021 The four-time Arizona boys wrestling state team champion Tucson Sunnyside has one of its top wrestlers heading to one of the nation's most storied college programs. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Sunnyside's two-time wrestling state champion Sebastian Robles commits to Iowa," 28 Apr. 2021 Federer played many sports growing up (including skiing, wrestling, soccer and tennis). Chris Dreyer, Forbes, "Considering Niching Your Business? Weigh These Pros And Cons," 28 Apr. 2021 Pro wrestling has already blurred that line for years. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "He's a WWE Star and a Vtuber. Those Worlds Aren't So Different," 28 Apr. 2021 There will be no state championships in track and field, swimming and diving, basketball and wrestling for the second consecutive year because of travel issues and the fact Northern California sections won’t be holding regional playoffs. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "CIF will hold regional playoffs but no state track finals," 28 Apr. 2021 There will be no badminton camp, and the district is still hoping to host a boys’ volleyball camp and one-week wrestling conditioning camp. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "OPRF officials: Summer school to be all-remote, sports camps to take place," 27 Apr. 2021 In 1990, one of the rainier Kentucky Derby Day's on record, our archives show three fans making the most of the downpour by turning the soggy ground into a mud-wrestling arena. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Wild, weird and historic: The Kentucky Derby infield has served as a sign of the times," 27 Apr. 2021 After several requests, the trooper and a second trooper who was standing behind Jones move to grab Jones and a struggle ensues with the three of them falling to the ground and wrestling in the shallow ditch. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Lawyer for Rep. Jewell Jones disputes police, says excessive force used on lawmaker," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of wrestling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wrestling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrestling. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two people try to throw, force, or pin each other to the ground


wres·​tling | \ ˈre-sliŋ How to pronounce wrestling (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two opponents wrestle each other

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