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

Sadly, former wrestling star Bautista seems like a dull chip off the Rock here. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting taken for a ride in ‘Stuber’," 10 July 2019 As the series progresses, other aspects of its subject’s personality—including a hype-man character tied to his love of pro wrestling—emerge and get their own actorly personifications. Judy Berman, Time, "Showtime's Extremely Authorized Rick Rubin Docuseries Shangri-La Is Flawed But Sublime," 9 July 2019 At times, the wrestling turned to inappropriate grabbing and groping, said a former altar boy who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to protect his privacy. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit priest removed by archdiocese because of 'credible' sexual abuse allegation," 7 July 2019 After listening to the opening bell while touching his own fence, Masvidal took three running steps out of his corner and sailed directly into the face of Askren, who had ducked for a wrestling takedown. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239," 7 July 2019 Two-time state champion Colby Singletary died in a car accident on Saturday night and the tragic news rocked the Florida high school wrestling community. Brant Parsons, orlandosentinel.com, "Wrestling community reacts to tragic passing of Colby Singletary," 7 July 2019 Eventually, Michael Bochicchio, the owner the wrestling school where Tessa was training, gave her an ultimatum. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "The Born Legend: Tessa Blanchard forging her own path," 4 July 2019 The pro wrestling legend is no stranger to the SEC. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al.com, "‘Wooo Eagle!’: Did you spot Ric Flair on the Auburn University campus?," 24 June 2019 There's also live music, margaritas and Mondo Lucha wrestling. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend, possibly Milwaukee's busiest weekend ever," 20 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wrestling.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wrestling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wrestling

Dictionary Entries near wrestling

wrest block




wrest pin

wrest plank


Statistics for wrestling

Last Updated

13 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for wrestling

The first known use of wrestling was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wrestling



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on wrestling

Spanish Central: Translation of wrestling

Nglish: Translation of wrestling for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of wrestling for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about wrestling

Comments on wrestling

What made you want to look up wrestling? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!