wres·​tling ˈre-sliŋ How to pronounce wrestling (audio)
: 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 Will these additional fans be enough to support the iconic Louisville enterprise and keep the wrestling arena open for future generations? Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 7 Sep. 2023 The Endeavor Group, a CAA rival, acquired full control of the wrestling business Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2021 ahead of Endeavor’s initial public offering. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 The third-generation WWE star first crossed paths with her at a wrestling event in 2012. Jacqueline Weiss, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 After his retirement from wrestling, Page developed a fitness program, DDP Yoga. Mary Colurso | McOlurso@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2023 Their wrestling style is one that involves fast, hard-hitting, high-flying combat, but also big characters who can sometimes do magic. Vulture, 5 Sep. 2023 One declaration by the professional wrestling legend startled everyone, especially moderator Dale Hansen: Von Erich has never met one of his heroes, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2023 Punk recently derided Perry for wanting to use real glass during a wrestling segment, which increases the chance of injury. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2023 The wrestling world won't be the same without Wyatt. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Wrestling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrestling. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


wres·​tling ˈres-liŋ How to pronounce wrestling (audio)
: the sport in which two contestants wrestle each other
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