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 The Cumberland High School product won gold in 90kg freestyle wrestling in Munich. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Eric Heiden wins fifth gold medal at 1980 Olympics," 13 May 2020 From 2013 to 2017, his Barons won five straight SBAAC titles playing on their intimate home floor that also served as the wrestling room, the volleyball court and the baseball and softball indoor training center. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "West Clermont's first basketball coach retires after 24 seasons with two schools," 13 May 2020 Ben Mount, Hiram wrestling: Mount developed two wrestlers who went on to win 2020 state championships: Heaven Byrd (162 pounds) and Kyleigh Haney (225 pounds). Usa Today High School Sports, USA TODAY, "Premier award finalists revealed for USA TODAY High School Sports Awards in Atlanta," 13 May 2020 Male athlete of the year: Luke Fox, Catholic Memorial football and baseball; Patrick Baldwin Jr., Sussex Hamilton basketball; Keegan O’Toole, Arrowhead wrestling. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Journal Sentinel High School Sports Awards nominees for athlete, coach and team of the year revealed," 27 Apr. 2020 SmackDown was broadcast live nationally on FOX for the first time after the sides announced their five-year partnership would bring the weekly wrestling event to millions more fans. oregonlive, "WWE SmackDown on FOX: Time, live updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 27 Apr. 2020 That includes football, volleyball, golf, baseball, softball and wrestling. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Reclassification: Private school competitive balance will be applied for 2019 spring only," 23 Apr. 2020 As the coronavirus affects college budgets, Old Dominion cut its wrestling program earlier this month and Cincinnati dropped men’s soccer. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Amid furloughs and budget tightening, Louisville athletics will not drop a varsity sport," 22 Apr. 2020 Hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and ... pro wrestling. James Hibberd, EW.com, "WWE an 'essential business' according to Florida governor, will resume live shows," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wrestling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2020

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“Wrestling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrestling. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two opponents wrestle each other

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