verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
Origin of grapple
Synonyms for grapple
Related Words for grappledcontend, confront, cope, catch, encounter, scuffle, nail, hook, battle, close, nab, tussle, clash, fight, attack, take, grip, hug, combat, snatch
Examples from the Web for grappled
Contemporary Examples of grappled
Moses lost her job, and then her home, as she grappled with pain and illness after her spinal surgery.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
With Lindsay Lohan, we were watching the horror show of self-sabotage, and grappled with our role in feeding into it.Amanda Bynes Has a ‘Microchip’ in Her Brain. Why Are We Fascinated By This?
October 10, 2014
Three years ago, as Texas grappled with its driest year on record, Governor Rick Perry declared a weekend of prayer for rain.America’s Axis of Drought
March 4, 2014
Instead, Obama sometimes seemed to forget the word altogether as he grappled with the forces of nope.Ted Kennedy, Bin Laden & Gay Marriage: How Obama Got His Audacity Back
May 10, 2012
At the White House, he grappled with the endless series of Clinton mini-scandals.Murdoch’s Secret Weapon
July 21, 2011
Historical Examples of grappled
And the hands of the other grappled at his wrists, smashed into his face.Way of the Lawless
Swift on her part she paid him back with grisly grasp, and grappled with him.Beowulf
He clung to all three, he grappled them to him; they were his sheet-anchor and his pole-star.The Scapegoat
He closed with the ruffian, grappled him by the throat, and flung him on his back.The Christian
Both were men of great strength, and their muscles knotted as they grappled.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold
Word Origin for grapple
late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1520s, "seize and hold fast," from the noun. Sense of "battle, struggle (with)" is from 1590s. Related: Grappled; grappling.