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 Suddenly, animators found themselves on lockdown wrestling with glitchy technology while their nearby children stared at tablets. Washington Post, "London animation studio adapts to finish Disney film," 10 July 2020 Michaela Childs remembers her first experience with wrestling. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Former Daphne High student Michaela Childs paving way for future women’s wrestlers," 10 July 2020 The feminist wrestling drama will take its last run around the ring with season four, but filming is currently on hold due to COVID-19. Glamour, "Canceled TV Shows 2020: The Full List," 9 July 2020 Locnikar was a state champion wrestling last season. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Harvard LB Brock Locnikar considering amateur MMA fights without Ivy League football," 9 July 2020 Stanford is eliminating 11 varsity sports, including wrestling, men's volleyball and women's field hockey. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "No end in sight," 8 July 2020 The 11 programs that will be eliminated by the Cardinals athletics program include men's volleyball, men's and women's fencing, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, field hockey, co-ed and women's sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, and wrestling. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Stanford eliminates 11 varsity sports after suffering economic downturn because of coronavirus," 8 July 2020 Newcomers include an unemployed pro wrestling host, an out-of-work barber, an on-call nurse and a civil engineer who starts his work day at 5 a.m. to make time for the workout. Brett Simpson, SFChronicle.com, "A new East Bay fitness community grows out of the crucible of coronavirus," 7 July 2020 The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says an intoxicated man upset after losing arm-wrestling contests to his juvenile son fired two shots inside his home and held authorities at bay for nearly eight hours this morning. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Intoxicated man upset after losing arm-wrestling contests held Boone County authorities at bay for hours, they say," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of wrestling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2020

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“Wrestling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrestling. Accessed 16 Jul. 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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