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 Geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35; wrestling coach Chris Hixon, 49; and assistant football coach Aaron Feis, 37, also were killed -- each while running toward danger or trying to help students to safety. Dakin Andone, CNN, 18 July 2022 Former New Bedford High wrestling coach Steve Sentes took the reins of Barnstable’s athletic program from Scot Thomas, who retired after nine years at the school. Brendan Kurie, BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2022 Among the speakers will be Debbi Hixon, whose husband, Chris Hixon, the athletics director and wrestling coach at Stoneman Douglas, was killed in the Parkland shooting. Austen Erblat, Sun Sentinel, 8 June 2022 Coleman also alleges that Congressman Jim Jordan, an Ohio State assistant wrestling coach for part of Strauss’ time at the university, knowingly ignored Strauss’ abuse. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2022 Occupation: Arana is an L.A. school police sergeant who has filed for retirement, and a wrestling coach. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 Pendoski, Carmel’s wrestling coach since 2012, coached Portage from 1994-2005. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2022 His wrestling coach was Philip H. Goodman, who would go on to serve as mayor of Baltimore. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 His mother, Joyce, was a middle school English teacher, and his father, Monty, was a school administrator and wrestling coach. Longreads, 5 May 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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