- 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 wrangling
As the wrangling continued, Lloyd and Postol grew to rely on their new colleague, Susli.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
No wrangling with credit card machines or digging for change.Uber and Airbnb Leave Disabled People Behind
October 4, 2014
Semi-rigged elections, and blurred lines between business and government—Beijing's wrangling would make Boss Tweed proud.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
The New York Times even compared the wrangling to a “public blood fued.”Empire State Building Sells Shares to the Public
October 2, 2013
Better still, on top of wrangling four kids and executing her first-lady-of-Jersey duties, Mary Pat has her own career.Christie’s Feisty First Lady
September 30, 2011
We have a few moments to spare; let us not waste them in talk like wrangling women.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
"In God's name let us keep from wrangling," the Duke besought them.Mistress Wilding
Harris, wrangling with another workman, was now seen approaching.Sue, A Little Heroine
L. T. Meade
There was riot, wrangling, hubbub and cursing, till the hour of evening prayer.General Gordon
War came on while governors and assemblies were wrangling to no purpose.The War of Independence
- (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 wrangling
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.