- to contend with an adversary or opposing force.
- to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive: to struggle for existence.
- to advance with violent effort: to struggle through the snow.
- (of athletes and competitors) to be coping with inability to perform well or to win; contend with difficulty: After struggling for the whole month of June, he suddenly caught fire and raised his batting average 30 points.
- to bring, put, etc., by struggling: She struggled the heavy box into a corner.
- to make (one's way) with violent effort.
- the process or an act or instance of struggling.
- a war, fight, conflict, or contest of any kind.
- a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve.
Origin of struggle
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Examples from the Web for struggler
She had the aptitude of the struggler who seeks emancipation.Sister Carrie
After a short sharp fight he drew the fish close enough to net the struggler.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
A struggler after faith may well count among his assets the insight of the seers and of the Seer.The Meaning of Faith
Harry Emerson Fosdick
I was floating on those waves of human being, in which the struggler must make for the shore, or sink.
It was, in Wagner's own phrase, "the gigantic perseverance of his friendship," that endeared him beyond words to the struggler.The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2
- (intr; usually foll by for or against; may take an infinitive) to exert strength, energy, and force; work or striveto struggle to obtain freedom
- (intr) to move about strenuously so as to escape from something confining
- (intr) to contend, battle, or fight
- (intr) to go or progress with difficulty
- a laboured or strenuous exertion or effort
- a fight or battle
- the act of struggling
- the struggle Southern African the radical and armed opposition to apartheid, especially by the military wings of the ANC and the PAC
Word Origin and History for struggler
late 14c., probably a frequentative form, of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests Old Norse strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Dutch struikelen, German straucheln "to stumble." Related: Struggled; struggling.
1690s, from struggle (v.).