- 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 wrangled
She has wrangled half-a-dozen rowboats so that people can fish in the sea nearby.The Safest Place in Somalia
November 14, 2010
Plagued by low ratings, ABC wrangled with Cho about her weight, not being Asian enough, and then being too Asian.The Asian Jersey Shore
Joyce C. Tang
August 3, 2010
Dave Chapelle pulled off the impossible and wrangled the Fugees back together for his 2004 Block Party documentary.11 Rock Reunion Dos and Don’ts
The Daily Beast Video
May 3, 2009
They wrangled on the doorstep until it was late, but she would not yield to him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Their home had become a regular shambles where they wrangled the whole day long.L'Assommoir
They wrangled back and forth, covering the same ground time and again.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
On the road to Hatton Garden we wrangled nearly all the way.The Lock And Key Library
They were tired, and under the guise of unselfishness they wrangled.A Room With A View
E. M. Forster
- (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 wrangled
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.