- to argue or dispute, especially in a noisy or angry manner.
- to argue or dispute.
- to tend or round up (cattle, horses, or other livestock).
- to obtain, often by contrivance or scheming; wangle: He wrangled a job through a friend.
- a noisy or angry dispute; altercation.
Origin of wrangle
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Examples from the Web for wrangle
How did you wrangle Nicole Kidman for her hilarious cameo in the movie?Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
November 22, 2014
Kennedy hopes to wrangle some of her rocker-pals as guests, she says.Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on Her Path From MTV to Fox Business
December 9, 2013
As Congress continues to wrangle over whether to fund the government, the midnight deadline is quickly approaching.Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Government Shutdown
The Daily Beast
September 30, 2013
There are celebrity judges to wrangle and emotionally wrecked contestants to coax coherent interviews from.Why Is It So Hard to Be a Reality-TV Host?
April 25, 2013
The other portion Obama has managed to wrangle from private donors.Who Paid for This Inauguration?
January 20, 2013
Suppose she has to pay excess on her luggage, or to wrangle about contraband?The Incomplete Amorist
For this Testament do both creeds revere that wrangle over the later.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Then there was a wrangle among them; some said there was something in the vat, and others said no.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
The wrangle with Winnie over this continued throughout the meal.Rosemary
Yes, that's what wears on me—they wrangle about me as if I had no right to say what part I am to take.The Tyranny of the Dark
- (intr) to argue, esp noisily or angrily
- (tr) to encourage, persuade, or obtain by argument
- (tr) Western US and Canadian to herd (cattle or horses)
- a noisy or angry argument
Word Origin and History for wrangle
late 14c., from Low German wrangeln "to dispute, to wrestle," related to Middle Low German wringen, from Proto-Germanic *wrang-, from PIE *wrengh-, nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Wrangled; wrangling. The noun is recorded from 1540s.