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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.



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.
    • Bishop Robert Sanderson
      When we have wrangled ourselves as long as our wits and strengths will serve us, the honest, downright sober English Protestant will be found in the end the man that walketh in the safest way, and by the surest line.
  4. Misspelling of wangle.
    I don't know how, but she managed to wrangle us four front row seats at tonight's game.


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wrangle ‎(plural wrangles)

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


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