wrangle

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wranglen, from Low German wrangeln (to wrangle), frequentative form of Low German wrangen (to struggle, make an uproar), equivalent to wring +‎ -le. Related to Danish vringle (to twist, entangle). More at wrong, wring.

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wrangle (third-person singular simple present wrangles, present participle wrangling, simple past and past participle wrangled)

  1. (intransitive) To bicker, or quarrel angrily and noisily.
    • Shakespeare
      For a score of kingdoms you should wrangle.
    • Addison
      He did not know what it was to wrangle on indifferent points.
  2. (transitive) to herd horses or other livestock
  3. (transitive) To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Sanderson to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

wrangle (plural wrangles)

  1. An act of wrangling.
  2. An angry dispute.

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